Home Made Dry Fruit Powder Mix for Toddlers and Kids

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What are the benefits of home made dry fruit powder mix?

How to prepare dry fruits powder at home?

When can I include dry fruits powder in baby’s diet?

How to use this homemade dry fruits powder?

In today’s post, I give you a step-by-step method to make homemade dry fruit powder mix for toddlers and kids.

home made dry fruit powder mix

When I started giving cow’s milk to my daughter Tejaswini, my pediatrician suggested a very popular dry fruit powder mix brand available in the market. But as a parent who believes in everything home made for the baby, I planned to make the dry fruit powder mix at home.

With a little research and a little help from my Amma, I made a healthy and delicious substitute to the tinned health mix powders available in the market. I found the combination of nuts powdered at home much better than the products available in the market.

Nuts contain good fat, Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and along with milk can help your baby meet the nutritional requirements when taken on a daily basis. 

Benefits of dry fruits and nuts for babies and kids

Dry fruits and nuts are powerhouses of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also high is fiber and can help ease constipation which is a common problem among kids.

Dry nuts are good sources of protein and can be beneficial to vegetarians in particular as they miss out the proteins from meat and eggs.They are also rich in iron and other minerals like manganese, potassium etc. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids and are high in calories.

A handful of nuts consumed daily can help in proper weight management and also improves immunity.

Benefits of Home Made Dry Fruit Powder Mix for Toddlers and Kids

Homemade dry fruits powder is the best you can give to your child along with milk. It gives a nice flavor and aroma to the milk and will tempt your kid to drink his daily glass of milk.

  • Filling for the tummy
    My daughter used to get up at least 3 times at night earlier. After I started giving this milk before bedtime at night, she rarely gets up ensuring a good night sleep for us too.
  • Can be used multiple waysThough this powder is the best when mixed with a warm cup of milk, it can be used in many different ways. It can be added to porridge, home made cerelac, vegetable mash, raw banana porridge and this will increase the nutritional value too.
    Dry fruit powder mix can also be used to make halwa, laddoos, chapatti, as topping for kheer, custards etc.
  • Good for weight gain
    Dry fruits and nuts are high in calories and fat content and hence they are good for weight gain in kids.

    Read: Top 50 Foods for Weight Gain in Babies and Kids
  • Travel-friendly food
    You can carry dry fruits powder while you travel with kids and make the dry fruits milk whenever you want. This dry fruit mix helped a lot during our train journeys too as it was pretty easy to mix it with milk and feed my child.Read: Travel-Friendly Porridge Recipes for Babies
  • Improves immunity

    A better energy drink than the packaged once, the milk with dry fruits powder can help improve the immunity of the kids.
  • No preservatives and chemicalsThe so-called nutritious supplement energy mixes that we get from the market is full of preservatives and artificial flavors to lengthen shelf life and enhance the taste. This load of preservatives and chemicals can at the end prove harmful for the child.
    The dry fruit powder we make at home will have no preservatives and artificial flavors. It will be a much healthier alternative to the store-bought energy mix.

Nutritional Information of ingredients used in Homemade Dry fruits powder mix

I made the powder mix with four types of dry nuts with a little dry ginger. Let us take a look at the nutritional information and benefits of the ingredients used in this homemade powder mix.

  • Almonds
    home made dry fruit powder mix ingredients
    Almonds are rich in fiber, healthy fats and protein. It also contains magnesium and vitamin E. They also have an appreciable amount of calcium. Of all tree nuts, almonds top the list when it comes to the amount of protein, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin and fiber content by weight.Almonds are good for the heart, helps fight diabetes, are healthy for the digestive system, promotes hair growth and rejuvenates the skin.

    Read
    : Homemade Almond Powder in Plain and Chocolate Flavor for Kids
  • Cashew
    home made dry fruit powder ingredient almond
    Cashew nuts are rich in vitamins E and K and also contains vitamin B6. It also contains essential minerals like copper, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. Iron and selenium are also found in cashew nuts.The manganese in Cashew t helps regulate metabolism, blood sugar, and promotes normal skeletal growth.
  • Pistachioshome made dry fruit powder mix pista
    Pistachios are a nutritionally rich and contains a good amount of protein and dietary fibers. It also has high copper content that can aid in better iron absorption.
    Pistachios are good to improve eyesight and also boost immunity.
  • Peanut

    home made dry fruit powder mix peanut
    Peanut, which is also known as groundnut/ goober, is a legume that is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, dietary proteins, vitamin E and B. It also contains minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium, which are all essential for healthy growth and development.Read: Homemade Peanut Chikki Recipe for Toddlers
  • Dry gingerhome made dry fruit powder mix dry ginger
    Dry ginger is good for improving digestion and helps curb gas related problems. It also helps improve immunity and is good to reduce and cure symptoms of flu and the common cold. It is also known as chukku, sukku, or sonth.Adding dry ginger to dry fruit powder mix lessens the chances of indigestion and gas.Read:
  • 3 Ways To Use Dry Ginger and Thippili for Cold and Cough in Toddlers
  • How to make raw banana powder at home for babies?
  • Everything about home made cerelac for babies you need to know

Home made dry fruit powder mix recipe

The process of making dry fruits powder at home is not a tedious one. It is simple but requires the correct technique.

Once your child starts to drink milk with this dry fruit powder you will be satisfied that you have put in the efforts to make this at the first place.

Ingredients Required

  • Almonds – 1 cup
  • Cashew – 1 cup
  • Pista – 1 cup
  • Peanut – 1/2 cup
  • Dry ginger – 2 to 3 inch

How To Prepare Dry Fruit Powder Mix at Home?

  • Dry roast nuts one by one till it attains a crunchy texture
  • Crush dry ginger and heat it for a few seconds.
  • Let the dry fruits and dry ginger cool a bit
  • Powder it in a mill/mixie. It will not be a very fine powder but a slightly coarse one.
  • Store the powder mix in an airtight container once it is completely cool.

Things to take care

  • The powder will be coarse in nature. Don’t over grind the nuts as it will start separating oils and the mixture will become oily and too much sticky.
  • Use the pulse mode to powder if you are using a mixie. Powder the nuts mixture in intervals and not at a single stretch.
  • You can also add cardamom to this mix. It gives a good aroma.
  • Dry fruits like walnut, hazelnuts etc. can also be added.
  • A pinch of saffron can enhance the flavor and color and this can also be used if you want.
  • Peel peanut skin and remove pistachio from shell before making
  • You don’t have to soak and peel almonds. You can powder it as it is after dry roasting.
  • You can use dry ginger powder instead of the dry ginger piece.
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Home Made Dry Fruit Powder Mix for Toddlers and Kids
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Recipe type: Instant powder
Cuisine: Indian
 
Ingredients
  • Almonds – 1 cup
  • Cashew – 1 cup
  • Pista – 1 cup
  • Peanut – ½ cup
  • Dry ginger – 2 to 3 inch
Instructions
  1. Dry roast nuts one by one till it attains a crunchy texture
  2. Crush dry ginger and heat it for a few seconds
  3. Let the dry fruits and dry ginger cool a bit
  4. Powder it in a mill/mixie in intervals of one second. It will not be a very fine powder but a slightly coarse one.
  5. Store the powder mix in an airtight container once it is completely cool.
Precautions to be taken while using dry fruit mixture

Dry nuts top the list of allergens. If your baby is allergic to nuts, please refrain from giving this mixed dry fruits powder.

Make sure the final product doesn’t have any chunks of dry nuts and is an almost powder form as to prevent choking.

Too much of nuts are not good for babies or adults. So this powder mixed milk once a day is fine.

How to store the dry fruits powder mix?

Store the powder mix in airtight containers. Use a clean moisture free spoon whenever you scoop out the powder for use. If handled and stored in a proper and hygienic way, the homemade dry powder mix can be stored for 3 to 4 weeks in a refrigerator.

When can I start giving dry fruit powder mix to my baby?

This powder mix can be given to babies above 10 months. Make sure that your baby is not allergic to nuts and each of the ingredients used to make this powder mix is introduced separately to the baby.

Always follow the 3 days golden rule when you introduce anything new.

How to use this homemade dry fruits powder?

You can mix the powder in milk if your baby is above one year and have already started to take milk. It gives a nice flavor to milk and also helps increase weight gain. This powder is way better than the health powders we get in the market considering the fact that the supplement powders in the market are mostly sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavorings.

For kids above 10 months, you can use this to make porridges, kheer, pancakes, etc. Mix a teaspoon of this healthy nuts powder mix while making porridges, kheers, sweet dishes, pancakes etc.

How to make dry fruit powder milk?

  • Dilute 1:1 ratio of milk and water.
  • Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry fruit powder mix and add it to milk without any lumps.
  • Turn on the stove and let the milk boil.
  • You can add jaggery powder or sugar to this dry fruit powder drink if required.

Read: Milk for Toddlers and Kids in 8 Unique Flavors

Hope you liked this article on homemade dry fruit powder mix.

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About Author

Yamuna, mommy to 2 yr old Tejaswini & 6 month old Pragalya, loves to cook, write and believes good health comes from good eating habits. Eat natural is her mantra. Watch out for her home based traditional recipes and remedies.

71 Comments

  1. Hair mam my 3years son is in low weight and really he is a picky eater please suggest some diet items for weight gaining to my toddler

  2. Hi…
    Can I give this powder to my 10 month old baby?
    And if yes how to give with formula milk and in what quantity?

    Plz reply.

  3. Hi Sangeetha

    I Made this recipe..but my kid is not drinking with milk..i want to make my kid consume this powder in some way.how to make this powder as laddu with jaggery syrup…he is gng to be 2 years this AUG..any other recipes with this powder

  4. Hi.. thanks for sharing healthy recipe as such… my son is close to 3 years. I give him pediasure venilla flavor, can I add this nuts powder little to his pediasure drink?

    • yamuna balamurugan on

      Hi jai .
      Happy that you liked the recipe . my kind request its better you add this powder to plain milk . which is more than enough. Kindly avoid packed and tin foods for your kid .

  5. Hi

    I was wondering, shouldn’t we peel the almond skin, before making it a powder.. Or can the skin be left for the powder ?

    Please reply

    Rekha

  6. Hi mam,i have one and half year baby girl and she is underweight as she is totally depend on me at night(breast milk) and during day she only eats some khichdi,and she doesn’t want to eat sugar relates things and milk and milk product.kindly suggest me

  7. Hello mam
    I have a 9month baby boy and I breastfeed him with other solid foods. I want to breastfeed him till he is 1year old. At night he wakes up 3-4 times for feed. During day even though he eats well but is only satisfied with feed as if solid food doesn’t satisfy his hunger.
    I want that from now only gradually he stops to rely on breastfeed especially at night. Please suggest some ways so that he eats well and is satisfied too.

  8. My son is 3yrs 5 months old,he won’t drink/eat food/ milk intrestingly,now hez underweight(11.6),what should I do for him,please help me.hez not eating anything,by force I,’ll feed him it takes 2-3 hrs to feed him,pleas help me

  9. wow…all the information is really good and worth full…I can’t stop reading …food recipes are really very helpful for me as my baby is also enjoying it…thx a lot for posting such a wonderful ideas

  10. Hi thank you for this recipe, i want to try this to my 20 months old baby . Do i need to boil the powder with the milk or i can just add the powder into the glass of milk.

  11. This is an amazing source to feed nuts to little ones. I will surely give it a try. I generally add plain/flavoured oats in his milk at night. I have recently bought Quaker’s multi grain oats which contains wheat, ragi & oats. He is liking that. Also let me know anything I xan give my son adding in cow’s milk. We have tried several kinds of cornflakes, loops & cereal. Thanks in advance!!

  12. my baby is of 1 years and 7months old and she is allergic to any types of milk other than breast milk which i have stopped it. so can u suggest me what can i give her instead of milk in the morning and night.

    • Roseline, your little one is lactose intolerant. You can give soya milk, almond milk, cheese, paneer, tofu,curd, butter milk etc instead of cow’s milk. But after sometime you can try giving cow’s milk a little by little as lactose intolerance goes away with time.

  13. hi….my baby is 17 month old but still breastfeeding and also in the night is there anyway i cn encourage bottle feeding in the night bcz he wakesup many times…..and dsnt take water also…plz help

  14. I made this and it didnt turn into powder form.. I mean it all joined together and became like a thick solid.. Can i store this in redrigerator and use it for my 1 yeat old? Pls help

  15. Can i mix this powder with formula??
    Does thia dry friuit powder needs to be cooked before giving? I mean can i simply add it to the food or do i need to cook the dry friut powder.. Bcos yamuna have suggested that milk must be boiled with the nuts powder in it..!! Pls help

    • Shainu,

      Once the formula is prepared, soon add the dry fruit powder in it and mix well. With the temperature the dry fruits also will cook a bit. Then you can give it to your little one.

  16. hi yamuna.. Itried this recepie today bt mine was a little change. I soaked all the nuts overnight den peeled them and finally sun dried them completely. after that I roasted them n they were so crunchy bt wen I grinded them in mixie they turned out to be paste rather than bieng powder. can u tell me where I went wrong? and can I still store that for few weeks in fridge will it last?

    • yamuna balamurugan on

      hi yasmeen
      Actually you need not soak all the nuts, if only badam that’s enough. Coming to your doubt the mix will not come in exact powder form. If it is not in the form of a paste, then you cam store it for week. If its not possible, don’t worry. Add half litre milk to your 200 gm powder paste, then make a dry fruit halwa out of it.

  17. Hello

    Few questions
    – Do the nuts need to be roasted? Reason I ask is because we get readymade almond meal and pista meal (which basically means powdered pista and almond powder)…so can I use this or do I have roast whole nuts as you suggested?

    – I don’t have dry ginger. I do have ginger powder. Is that OK?
    – Can this mix be added to room temperature milk (that is milk that was in the fridge and slightly warmed to room temp) OR does it have to be boiled first?

    Thanks!

    • yamuna balamurugan on

      hi mano
      dry roast is done to make the nuts to powder well.
      yes you can use powder of nuts and ginger aswell.
      it is must to boil the milk with nuts powder.

  18. Hi.
    My son is 17 month old. N still I am Brest feeding him. He is refusing other milk. He like halva made from milk but not milk. What should I do.

  19. Hi… I made the powder with almonds, cashews, pista and walnut… I forgot to add dry ginger… Is it ok to give as such…?? will it get digested??

    Dry ginger is not available in my place also 🙁

  20. Hi Sangeetha,
    My daughter is 17 months old.still she is drinking milk in bottle.Can i add this powder to her bottle.
    Thanks

  21. Hi, I made the dry fruits powder but sadly my son is not liking it. I cannot force him, he says smell is not good. He is 2 n half yrs old n refuses to eat dry fruits. How else shall I give him sangeeta?

    • yamuna balmurugan on

      hi bhumika

      don’t worry you can add this powder to his porridge too. to his laddu , halwa , fruit mash hope it ll help u

    • yamuna balamurugan on

      hi hema

      if u store it in an airtight container u can store up to 1month too.

      coming to your 2nd qus YES you can store in fridge too that is much better.

    • Ams,

      How come she is so constipated .. Can you tell me her food chart … Cant think of the little one hurt .. I will suggest you changes in her diet that will relieve her off constipation…

    • yamuna balamurugan on

      hi ams

      for constipation home remedies which I follow for my baby

      just take 2-3 tsp of raisins boil it in water , filter the water and give that water to your baby when it is warm.

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