The challenge of exposing kids to the nutrition in nuts can lead parents to avoiding this process altogether. Choking, and allergies are always looming when you’re letting your kids consume nuts. However, before you become too intimidated, you may want to consider some of the following ways to use nuts for kids, which help to make them easily eaten, and prepared as well. As always with nuts, you will need to be a vigilant parent after your child’s consumption of nuts has occurred for swift awareness of any allergic reactions you child may have.
Add Nut Butters
When my kids were younger, I would often stir a variety of nut butters into simple dishes like their oatmeal, or also in my batters for pancakes or muffins. It’s an easy way to prepare and expose the nuts and their nutrition to your child. When my kids were over 6 months, I’d also use this same method by adding the nut butter to rice cereal and mixing it well.
You can make very good nut meal by soaking your nuts overnight if they’re of a harder variety, or with softer nuts like pecans, a 20 minute soak is all that’s needed, then rinsing them and processing these in a food processor to create a nice nut meal. You’re then left with a nice healthy addition to toddler foods like applesauce, yogurt, or even as breading for fish or other maybe chicken nuggets.
My older kids still love mixing milk and nut meal into their cream cheese dips for dipping veggies like carrots, celery, peppers and even apple slices. Add some of their favorite seasonings like salt and pepper to bring more flavor on board. This is also a great dip for kids birthday parties. Using a lite version of cream cheese works best.
You can make your smoothies nutty good with any nut meal you’d like. Add the nuts to any frozen fruit smoothie you are in the mood for. I like creating a blue moon smoothie with almond meal, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries and pineapple juice. These are great for breakfasts or desserts.
Venture outside of peanut butter with nut butters like cashew butter, almond butter, or tahini which is sesame seed paste, with a consistency much like that of all the other butters. You can easily use any of these on crackers, or combined with fruit.
Source: Personal experience