Almond Milk for Babies and Kids – Indian Recipe

almond milk for babies and kids
Almond Milk for Babies and Kids – Indian Recipe
Disclaimer:This recipe is suitable only for babies older than 10 to 12 months. It is a generalized recipe for babies, toddlers, kids and for adults too. The author suggests avoiding saffron & cow’s milk unless the baby is a year old. Please consult your pediatrician before you begin to serve this milk to your baby specially if your baby is allergic to certain foods. The garnishing that you see is a dash of pepper powder which is not suitable for babies and can be used after 18 months and above during winters to prevent accumulation of phlegm.

Almond milk is one of the most nutritious drinks for all age groups. Almonds are energizing and balancing for the mind. Though making Homemade Almond Milk Powder is easy and is a good standby, i still prefer soaking them and boiling the milk. The healthiest way of making almond milk for babies and kids (infact for all of us) is to soak them for 6 to 8 hours and then prepare it and it has numerous health benefits. Soaked almonds are easily digestible and nutrients are better absorbed by the body. Almond skin is said to aggravate pitta in the body and can lead to indigestion, so eliminating the skin would be better. This Indian recipe is an age old traditional ayurvedic secret to build up immunity in kids, improve eye sight, build stronger bones, remove constipation, and provide adequate nutrition for picky/fussy eaters.


Folks with mucus/phlegm problems and those who want to stay away from dairy may eliminate milk from the recipe and just use water and add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of oats powder to make the milk thicker. Since milk contributes to mucus production, those with phlegm problems can add a pinch of pepper powder or dry ginger powder to the above recipe.Saffron is heating to the body and is used to treat colds and coughs. It expels mucus from the body. Must be cautious while using saffron, too much saffron can be poisonous.Almond milk makes a very good milk substitute for lactose intolerant kids. I started giving this milk to my younger son when he was 10 months old. He was doing well… No colic…..No constipation…..No loose stools. I had tried several formulas for him like NAN, Similac, Mamex gold, Friso etc., but ended up with lot of colic or loose stools. Though he is not lactose intolerant, he could not digest the formula milk beco’z of excess synthetic nutrients in them. Almond milk (boiled only in water) was the best solution for all these problems.


how to make almond milk for babies and kids, an Indian Recipe

Ingredients

Almonds 20 to 24
Milk 500 ml (optional- can add water to fresh milk to make 500 ml)
Sugar 2 tsps. (optional- babies need no sugar)
Saffron few strands (optional) (The picture you see above is with very little saffron, you can even leave it)
Green cardamom powder 1/8 th tsp.

step by steps to making almond milk for babies and kids

1. Soak almond for 6 to 8 hours and peel the skin.
2. Bring the milk to a boil in a thick bottom pan/ vessel on a low to medium flame. add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder. If you do not wish to use milk, bring water to a boil, add sugar. If you wish you can skip saffron and cardamon
3. Grind almonds to smooth with little water or milk. Can add saffron, sugar, cardamom pow to the almonds alternately if not added at step 2. (remember smooth paste else it irritates the throat while drinking)




3. When the milk comes to a boil, pour the grinded almond mixture into the boiling milk.
4. Keep stiring else the milk can smell burnt. Let it boil for 2 to 3 mins.Switch off the stove.
5.Filter the milk to remove coarse granules, before you serve your child, if your blender cannot blend the almonds to a smooth paste. As some kids might throw up as the grains irritate the throat.
Serve warm or chilled.

* Keeps good if refrigerated for no more than 2 days

Serving Tips for kids and toddlers
* Tastes good when served with cornflakes or beaten rice (poha/ aval) or even with plain cooked rice and additional jaggery.
* Can use this milk to cook kheer /payasam /puddings.
* Can use this milk even for cooking chicken, baking moist cakes and muffins, which i will be posting shortly.

*Update:
* You can make the almond paste enough for a week and store it in the freezer in tiny boxes and defrost one per day in the refrigerator and use the following day to make fresh badam milk. This has worked out for few readers.

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks Swasthi for all the trivia about almond milk and how it helps in immunity and tips against phlegm. This is a very easy one to make but brings a lot of benefits for little ones…. Thank you for linking this with Healthy Morsels – Baby and Toddler foods :)

  2. says

    Sometimes such simple recipes go out of our minds and we tend to buy Health drink powders for the kids. Thank you Swasthi for reminding about this nutritious drink with lots of info highlighting on its benefits :)

  3. says

    Hi Swasthi,can i just add the almond powder directly to the formula milk that&#39;s ready to be given to the baby?<br />Do i need to do something with the almond before i mix it with the milk (e.g boil or fry pan the almond)?<br />Thank you.<br />-jason&#39;s mom-

  4. says

    Hi shadowdancer! do not add almond powder to the formula milk, can cause a stomach upset to your boy. shortly, i will update my post regarding how to make almond powder that can help you in making a instant almond milk for your little one.

  5. says

    dear swasthi<br />my son is lactose intolerant as per my predictions i.e when ever i give him anything cooked or related with cows milk he passes loose stools.So i dont give him cows milk though he is 1 year old.this almod milk recipe is very usefl but cold you pleasse clarify my doubts?<br />I already have almond powder with skin grinded at home which i used to give him one spoon directly.<br />

  6. says

    Hi! you can use the almond powder, but soak it in enough water for atleast 30 mins to 1 hour before using else after consuming for a week a so,it can lead to stomach gas and loss of appetite. However some babies exceptionally tolerate well. To use up the powder you have now, just mix 1 1/2 tsp almond powder with any whole grain flours like wheat, jowar , rice rawa or even brown rice rava . boil

    • says

      Hi Vishali! Thanks for visitng my space. i did give to my son once he completed 9 months, but without cow&#39;s milk, no saffron, very little sugar. i just boiled ground almonds in water, filtered with cheese cloth and remove the pulp and bottle it, else the coarse grains will be stuck in the teat. however, i would suggest you to take a doctor&#39;s opinion on this. since each baby is different.

  7. says

    Hi, can you please confirm that what should be daily intake of almond for 1 year old babies? Because in your recipe, you have mentioned 20 to 24 almonds and use the milk within 2 days. so could you please clarify this? Thanks.<br /><br />Sany

  8. says

    dear web mister<br />As per your guidance i made almond powder at home and kept as i feel my son is lactose intolerant.Do have to store this powdered almonds at refrigerator?

    • says

      Yes Vellamji, i recommend you to store in the refrigerator in an air tight glass bottle. Otherwise it can go rancid during rainy and humid days too. You can address me as &quot;Swasthi&quot;.

    • says

      If this is the first time you are going to give barley, ragi or sago. Introduce only one dish, continue for 3 days and wait to check if it suits ur baby. Then introduce the second one – wait and repeat for 3rd. First check for suitability. If fine, then you can give each dish weekly twice. But start with very low quantities, increase the quantity weekly. By 11 months, can serve more than half a

  9. says

    Ok swasthi… Iam giving him ragi… Sago and barley not yet tried… Will start with barley… Thank you so much… Btw i started with almond milk today and i used only water but with some pistachios and cashew and dates… And gave him some 30 ml… So will wait for 3 days and then proceed with barley… thank you so much…

    • says

      The nutrition from cow&#39;s milk is not sufficient for babies less than 1 year old unless they are on solid foods. That&#39;s why formula milk is recommended. If your baby is on good amount of solids then you can try giving cow&#39;s milk. The chances of young babies being allergic to cow&#39;s milk is high. so watch closely after feeding cow&#39;s milk. possible symptoms could be rubbing eyes,

  10. says

    dear swasthi<br />the best thing abt u is u reply everyones query patiently<br />can i give almond milk eveyday at night for 2 year old?Does it causes stomach upset as elders in my famliy suggest?

    • says

      Vellamji, thanks for the compliment, kids are our treasures, so anything regarding kids is most valuable for me. Please ensure that the almonds are soaked well, so that they don&#39;t cause gas. I remember giving this to my toddlers even at nights. Ayurveda says the best time to have almond milk is at bed time. Try for 3 days. Please leave a feedback after you try. It could help others too

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