This smooth, sweet and creamy pudding is the ideal first taste of almond butter for baby. High in calories, protein and nutrients that are essential for your growing tot. It doubles as a healthy dessert pudding for toddlers and kids!
This almond butter pudding is one of the easiest homemade baby foods that you can make, with no cooking or steaming needed, and it’s a great simple way to introduce nuts.
But it’s not just baby food – it’s a versatile pudding that is also great for toddlers and kids! It can serve as a little snack or dessert. So it’s the perfect thing to blend up when you have a baby AND a toddler in the house – both will be happy!
I personally enjoy a little bowl of it myself as well. The littlies don’t get all the fun!
Can Babies Have Almond Butter?
YES. With caveats.
We all know that nuts can be a severe allergenic so of course you need to rule out allergy before going to town with the almond butter.
It’s best to discuss this with your healthcare provider or conduct your own research to find an approach you’re comfortable with here, but I was told that with no history of nut allergy in the family I should feel to go ahead and include nut butters in my baby’s diet from 6 months onwards, and just watch for signs of reaction.
You can read more on this from a Pediatric Allergist on Babycenter UK.
Now, there is one other issue with nut butters for babies and that is the sticky texture which can present a choking hazard and also just be uncomfortable. So while I would not have spread almond butter on toast for a 6 month old’s finger food, including nut butters in sauces and purees like this pudding will neutralize that stickiness.
Finally, a lower salt almond butter (or even a homemade version) is always going to be the best choice for an infant under 1.
Why Give Almond Butter to a Baby?
Nut butters are a wonderful source of protein, fats and calories for little tots. Vegetarian babies can benefit especially from the inclusion of nut butters as a protein source in their diets.
Instilling a love of nutty tastes early on will only make it easier to keep including them in their childhood diet so why wait?
How to make this Pudding for a Toddler or Older Kid
The base of this recipe is the perfect creamy puree for babies, but with toddlers we can have a little more fun. Add some chopped berries or museli for breakfast or snack time… and dark chocolate chunks for dessert!
It can even be a dip to serve with fruit or add to a bento lunchbox.
So let’s make some!
Ready to roll? Well, great. This is a really easy recipe.
You’re just going to puree 1 banana with 3 heaping spoonfuls of greek yogurt, 1 heaping spoonful of almond butter and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Aaaaand done.
I do have a printable recipe card for you below if you’d prefer to refer to that!
If your baby is older and you prefer to make them mashed foods, just be careful of the sticky almond butter texture. You may want to blend the almond butter with the yogurt and then mash it into the banana, rather than try to mash the almond butter in on it’s own, because it can just be so stubborn and clumpy sometimes.
If you are vegan or dairy free, you could make a delicious version of this with coconut yogurt. Coconut is always a dream mixed with bananas and nut butters.