“How do I add nuts to my toddler’s diet?” – This question was running through my mind since long. Even though Miss A loves Dates, Apricots and raisins (since they are soft), she does not like nuts of any kind. One excellent method of adding Almonds is by making this Instant Badam Ladoo which she absolutely loves. But what if I get her to eat all kinds of nuts along with the dried fruits she loves. This recipe is the answer!
I found this recipe idea by Seema Saxena in a food group and had to tried it instantly. Not only Miss A, my Mr A also loved it (haha!). Free from refined sugar and nutrient dense with a combination of dried fruits and nuts, this is really a boost of energy in every bite!
These energy bites are an excellent snack for kids. Since it lasts well for a week, you can just make it and store when free and give to satisfy their sweet cravings in a healthy way. I also shaped them into tiny balls so that it is easy for my toddler’s tiny fingers to hold and eat.
You can customize this recipe and skip whatever your family dislikes or what is unavailable. Hope you all will try this! Happy and Healthy cooking!
Health benefits of Dried fruits and Nuts: Packed with essential nutrients, they are a great source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Dates and Raisins are high in Iron while Cashews are high in Copper while zero in cholesterol. Almonds are excellent in maintaining hemoglobin levels. Walnuts are well known for being rich in Omega 3.
Also dried apricots eases constipation specially in toddlers. (experience speaks! wink wink :D)
Inspired from: DelightdietbySeema26
Ingredients: (Makes around 15 small bites)
- 1 Cup Dates (Soft ones work the best)
- 1 Cup dried Apricots
- 1/2 Cup Mixed nuts (I used a mix of Cashews, Almonds, Pistachios and Walnuts)
- 1/4 Cup Golden Raisins
- 2 Tbsp Ghee
Step by Step Recipe:
- Remove seeds from the dates. Quarter Apricots. Grind both together with raisins in pulse mode in mixer till they are coarsely ground. Keep aside.
- Finely chop the nuts. Heat 1 Tbsp ghee in a pan and roast them on low flame for few seconds till they turn aromatic. Keep the flame on low and keep stirring with the ladle, else the nuts can burn. Remove them onto a plate.
- Now heat the rest 1 Tbsp ghee and add the ground dates- apricot-raisin mixture. Keep mixing till they turn soft.
- Now add the nuts and mix well till they are well combined.
- Remove from flame and allow to cool.
- Transfer to a foil or any container and refrigerate covered completely for atleast a couple of hours.
- Make small bite size pieces or balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Lasts well for a week if handled well.
- The best part about this recipe is that everything is to taste. If you don’t have dried apricots, substitute with an equal amount of dates. If you don’t like or are allergic to any particular nuts, skip that too.
- The important thing to keep in mind is do not add more than 1/2 Cup nuts as you won’t be able to bind the mixture then.
- You can reduce the quantity of nuts to 1/4 Cup if you do not like the crunchy bites.
- If you keep the mixture to set for longer than two hours, you won’t be able to form small balls but will get firm slices.
- Once set, these dry fruit bites last well for more than a week.
- Make sure to consume not more than one or two per day as they are high is fat and produces heat in the body.