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Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

By Hemapriya Natesan @MyLittleMoppet

It's the last week of the month of Ramzan now, and anticipation is high for the upcoming Eid festivities! But while we're still in the fasting month, we might as well focus on Ramzan recipes!!

Iftar is when the day long fast is broken at sunset, and it is traditionally done with dates and milk. Today, we combine the two into a yummilicous recipe that is great for toddlers. This way, even the littlest ones can participate in breaking the fast with the adults!

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

Nutritional Benefits of Dates for Toddlers

  • Provide instant energy
  • Protects the liver and stomach
  • Is a good laxative and prevents constipation
  • Rich in iron
  • High in calcium and magnesium making them great for growing bones
  • Promotes dental health for developing teeth

When buying dates for your toddler, opt for organic as far as possible, and check for sulfite free versions. Buy dates that are completely ripe and soft.

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

Ingredients

  • 10-12 soft dates, pitted and chopped
  • 6-8 almonds, peeled (soak in warm water for a few hours for easy peeling)
  • 1/4 cup hot milk
  • 1 3/4 cups cold milk
  • Honey to taste

Method

1. Soak the peeled almonds and dates in hot milk for 30 minutes.

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

2. Grind the almonds and dates along with the milk to a smooth puree.

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

3. In a blender, blend together the cold milk and date-almond puree till completely combined and smooth. If necessary, add some honey to taste.

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

Do keep in mind that you can't give honey to babies under 1 year of age. This is a really easy and very nutritious drink for toddlers. You can make it a great drink for summer by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the blender. To make it thicker, add a small banana. There are so many ways to make this drink, so if you're out of ideas for Ramzan, now you know what to do!!

Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

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Date Almond Milkshake for Toddlers

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