Did you know that the most popular first food of choice for little ones around the world is baby cereal? That's right, a whopping 65% of babies enjoy cereal meals by 4 to 6 months.
When it comes to cereals, Holle makes some of our absolute favorites! In addition to being certified European organic, most of Holle’s cereals also hold the Demeter seal which is one of the highest organic certifications in all of Europe!
Holle makes a variety of cereals suitable for babies and small children starting from the 5th month. With multiple grain varieties to choose from, you have the option of selecting porridges, milk cereals, or junior muesli to give your baby a diverse well-rounded weaning diet!
Holle Organic Baby Food Brand History
Holle is an established and respected baby food manufacturer with over 85 years of experience behind them; this makes them one of the oldest baby formula manufacturers in Europe. Their company was founded in 1933 in Arlesheim Switzerland.
Holle was one of the first companies to manufacture organic baby food and they are a pioneer in the field of biodynamic food; they were also one of the first companies to obtain the Demeter organic seal on their products!
Today, Holle is one of the leading Demeter certified organic baby formula manufacturers. Did you know that since 2014 all Holle baby porridge, milk cereals, and junior mueslis have been CO2 neutral! When producing baby food and formula, Holle takes a holistic approach that respects the well-being of both people, animals, and nature.
They guarantee the highest possible safety measures to achieve high-quality taste and nutrition in Holle products which helps set them apart from other baby food on the market.
Holle Organic Standards
Carefully selected organic ingredients are a must-have and fortunately, you can count on the premium ingredients in Holle's cereals to meet your baby's nutritional needs! While all of Holle's cereals are certified organic by the European Union, many are also certified by the Demeter company. Read on to learn more about the benefits of Holle's organic quality!
European Organic Certification
All of Holle's baby food holds the EU organic certification. What makes EU organic baby food so special is that it's free of GMOs, artificial colors and preservatives, and aromas or flavor enhancers.
Rest assured that products with the EU organic logo are made with at least 95% organic ingredients and strict conditions are laid out for the remaining 5% of non-organic ingredients.
In terms of organic baby food, the non-organic ingredients are typically fortified vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are necessary to include to support your child's health.
What you won't find in Holle's cereals:
Artificial preservatives, colors, & flavors
You've probably noticed the bright orange Demeter label that some Holle food carries, but have you ever wondered what exactly Demeter stands for?
The Demeter organic certification system goes above and beyond the standard organic certification laid out by the EU. It is used to verify that at least 98% of the ingredients are grown at organic biodynamic local farms in which Demeter farmers raise animals in humane and caring environments.
When products are grown using biodynamic farming methods this helps to ensure that more is given back to the environment than taken out making the Demeter quality so valuable.
When you purchase any of Holle's cereals you can feel good that:
While growing raw ingredients, pesticides and chemical fertilizers are prohibited
The food contains organic and/or biodynamically grown ingredients
Holle sustains a long-lasting supply of premium raw ingredients by working closely with Demeter farmers
Raw ingredients are gently processed and cooked while undergoing continual quality control checks
Their products meet strict safety, legal, and nutritional requirements
Holle's cereal is made from organically and biodynamically grown ingredients, which means:
Natural cultivation without violence and exploitation of animals & the environment
Preference is always given to quality over quantity and biodiversity over monocultures
Animals are kept in their natural environment and growth stimulants are prohibited
Organic compost is used as a natural fertilizer
The Different Kinds of Holle Cereals
Holle makes three main kinds of cereal to help support your baby's growing body and fuel them with the energy and nutrients they need as they begin a mixed diet! Parents can choose from Holle porridge, milk cereals, and junior muesli all of which are quick and easy to prepare and full of tasty nutrients.
No matter which cereal you opt for, you can feel good knowing that only carefully selected grains are used in Holle cereals. Plus, they are free of added sugar and GMO ingredients, and there are egg and gluten-free options available. Holle uses only whole grains in their cereal to retain the most nutrients. Wholegrain means all three parts of the grain are left intact which are the: bran, endosperm, and germ.
Did you know that whole grains help to support immune system function, are important in cell communication and gene regulation, are anti-inflammatory, and are rich in antioxidants? These grains help to protect against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
That's why we say whole grains or no grains! Demeter quality grains are cooked specially to ensure that valuable nutrients are gently unlocked with heat. After being cooked, grains are finely ground into soft flakes making them into a more easily digestible form for young babies.
Although Holle cereal comes in a variety of grain options from millet to tapioca and single to multigrain, Holle recommends starting your little one off with a single-grain cereal, ideally, one that is low in allergens and gluten-free such as their rice or millet baby porridge. By Beginning with only a single-grain variety such as Holle organic baby oatmeal porridge, it will be easier for you to tell what your baby enjoys and what they can or cannot tolerate.
Holle porridges come in a variety of delicious flavors. Some of our bestsellers include the Holle organic baby oatmeal porridge, the rice porridge, and the millet porridge. Check out the bulleted list below to discover all of the wonderfully nutritious whole grains Holle has to offer!
Holle Organic Baby Oatmeal Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Rice Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Millet Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Spelt Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Semolina Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Tapioca Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Baby Muesli Porridge (250g) - From 6 months
Holle Spelt Porridge (250g) - From 5 months
Holle 3- Grain Porridge (250g) - From 6 months
Holle Fruit Porridge Banana Semolina (250g) - From 6 months
Holle Organic Milk Cereals
Holle milk porridge is offered in a variety of tasty flavors. Adding milk to the cereals makes the fine flakes softer and generally easier to chew. Check out the bulleted list below to discover all of the wonderfully nutritious whole grains Holle has to offer!
Holle Milk Cereal with Millet (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Milk Cereal with Spelt (250g) - From 5 months
Holle Milk Cereal with Bananas (250g) - From 6 months
Holle Junior Muesli
Holle milk porridge is offered in two yummy flavors. These mueslis are ideal for babies 10 months and up and are a perfect breakfast food when beginning solids. Plus, these cereals can be enjoyed by the whole family! Check out the bulleted list below to discover all of the wonderfully nutritious whole grains Holle has to offer!
Holle Junior Muesli Multigrain with Cornflakes (250g) - From 10 months
Holle Junior Muesli Multigrain with Fruit (250g) - From 10 months
If you'd like to amp up the diversity in your child's mixed diet, Holle recommends preparing their cereals with:
Warm breastmilk (let the mixture cool to room temperature before feeding)
Half water/whole milk
Baby formula (Pro tip: Holle baby formula stage 2 for babies 6+ months is specifically designed to complement a mixed diet and can be used in Holle porridge preparation)
Milk free cereal can be made with water
You can also add additional age-appropriate ingredients to their cereals such as fruit jelly or freshly pureed fruit, your baby's milk (breast milk or formula), and finely chopped meats and veggies.
When making a Holle cereal, it is best to prepare fresh food for your baby. Further, Holle encourages parents to add between 1 and 2 teaspoons of organic baby oil to the cereal. Organic baby oil is a vegetable oil often used for weaning purposes, by adding it to cereal porridges which are virtually fat-free, it helps to boost the availability of fat-soluble nutrients and increase the essential fatty acid content of the meal. If you don't have organic baby oil on hand, rapeseed or sunflower oil can be used in place.
In addition to adding baby oil to your little one's cereal, Holle also recommends putting vitamin C-rich fruit juice or fruit puree into their vegetable and milk cereals. Vitamin C helps to enhance your little one's meal by boosting the vitamin content of the food and it also helps your baby to better absorb iron from their cereal.
For more detailed information on feeding instructions, please refer to the preparation instructions on the product page on our website for the specific cereal that you're interested in!
Why We Love Holle Cereal!
Holle is one of the oldest baby formula manufacturers specializing in the making of high-quality baby food. Their cereals are made with nutritious Demeter quality ingredients that help to support your baby's growing body.
Holle only uses whole grains which are specially cooked to preserve important vitamins, minerals, and fibers that get gently unlocked with heat. Whenever possible ingredients are sourced from organic biodynamic local farms.
Babies and parents worldwide love Holle Cereals, P.S their organic baby oatmeal porridge is a staple fav! Remember to consult your pediatrician before making changes to your child’s diet and when starting to wean your child.