I have been making this pear rice pudding for Mini Jones since he was around 8-9 months old. During that time, Mini Jones decided he loved vegetables, but was not so keen on fruit, so I was after ways of hiding it in amongst other ingredients – especially pears, as I was often told pears help with that common problem of constipation. I was also experimenting with trying to give him more at supper time in the hope he would sleep for longer during the night. My hopes were high when he demolished this, but alas, we didn’t get that hoped for solid nights sleep… Still, at least he had a good meal – and ate some pear!
Dairy Free I have made the pear rice pudding using only water and it still tastes great!
Leftovers Make sure you cool the rice quickly. I spread any leftovers out on a plate, then once cool place in the fridge.
Pear Rice Pudding
Naturally sweetened with pear and dates, this rice pudding is not only a great baby led weaning recipe, but one the whole family enjoy!
- ¼ c rice
- ½ c | 170 ml water
- ½ c | 170 ml milk
- 1 small pear peeled, cored and roughly diced
- 3 dates stones removed and roughly chopped
- Place rice in small saucepan and cover with the water and milk, bring to the boil, add the pear and dates and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every so often to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, adding more milk or water if it gets too thick.
- Cook until both the rice and pear are very soft. Mash with a fork to get suitable texture - for younger babies almost to a puree, for older ones a little more texture if they are ready for it.
- Serve slightly warm, or cold (Mini Jones loves this cold for breakfast!)