Friday, September 7, 2012

{sticky baby rice balls}

Im always excited to try a new recipe for G, now that she is old enough to eat more solids!
G likes anything she can feed herself... meaning she does not like to be spoonfed, which can be tough sometimes.  She really likes the Plum organics baby puree pouches though, because she can hold it & squeeze it herself. & they are nice to have on the go! Whoever invented those pouches is a GENIUS! They are perfect for the baby who does not want to be fed with a spoon, like G.
I just recently heard about the Infantino Squeeze station , it enables you to make your own fresh baby food pouches! Im hoping to get one sometime in the near future so that we can give it a try! 
Has Anyone tried the squeeze station yet? 
What are your thoughts?
When G is not eating a puree pouch, she is eating solids that she can pick up & put into her own mouth.
Some of G's favorite solids to eat are:
cooked Sweet potato chunks
Cooked butternut squash chunks
Firm tofu chunks
cooked carrot slices
kidney beans
Cooked rice
Banana chunks
cooked apple pieces
Peach chunks
Mango chunks
watermelon & cantelope chunks

As you can see, we have tried quite a few different things with her. She's a good little eater. 
As of right now, @ almost 9 months old, she eats one solid food meal a day at night, plus a couple random snacks during the day. {Usually a little bit of a puree pouch or a baby mum mum} I still nurse her 6-7 times a day, as she is still learning to eat her solids! 

I have really been trying to introduce different flavor combinations.
This is my latest recipe
Its pretty darn good too. I kept eating the rice balls as i made them :) 

{Baby rice balls}
first you are going to need cooked rice. 
White, brown, whichever you prefer! I prefer brown, but I used white because we were out of brown.
Next, place your warm cooked rice in a food processor or blender & pulse a couple of times.
Then add your choice of other ingredients & blend until it becomes a texture that your baby can easily eat.
I added: Carrots, apples, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, tofu & a little bit of cinnamon. {G loooves cinnamon!}
after it is all blended, take out small spoonfulls & roll them into balls. 
As they cool they become more firm & stay intact
Store in an air tight container in your fridge! 
Super easy
G has really enjoyed them a lot! she ate about 10 of them last night! Little piggy :) 
Happy Friday! 


  1. My little guy is almost 11 months. he's pretty picky. Mostly like you said, hates being spoon fed, but LOVES those pouches. I buy them organic and they do get pricey so I try to only use them on the go. I just saw the squeeze station too and I love the idea. I haven't checked it out yet though. I can't wait to try the balls you made. I think it's challenging to come up with interesting ways to feed babies, but these balls look like they would occupy him!

  2. These look so perfect for finger food and making sure baby gets a good mixture. I haven't started solids with my little one yet (he's only 4 months) but I'm starting to plan now. I'm kind of nervous about it, but I will definitely keep this recipe handy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Can you freeze these? How long are they good for in the fridge?

    1. Hello!
      I never froze them so i am not sure?
      I never kept them longer than 5 days or so
      Hope that helps :)

  4. I just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe about the rice balls. My son is 14 months and wouldnt eat table food at all! He had a bad experience with it at 11 mn and since wouldnt touch it and would refuse to eat. Cant tell you how frustrated I was becoming because everyone was like "he needs to be eating real food" and I was trying just it wasnt happening. Well I came across your page and was like this is the day Im gonna make these and I did I made 2 kinds one with peas, carrots and apples and one with a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon, after ate his 2 jars of food I put the rice balls down 1 of each and left him while I was fixing his sisters dinner( a ever fussy eater shes 3) I came back to him licking them and playing with them he ate both!! Plus he ate about an 1/8 of a cup of mac & cheese from his sisters dinner!! IM SO HAPPY!! It was your rice balls that did the trick he LOVED them!! Thank you so much for your page!
    sincerely angie

    1. awe yay Im so happy they were helpful!
      It was one of the first foods we got our girl to eat too, she was super weird about table food too.
      now she eats wonderfully :)
      So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  5. Do you cook the carrots or apples?