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Here are 10 easy and safe recipe ideas on how to introduce peanuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts and seeds to your baby! 

Ingredients 

Chunky Banana Puree with Almond Butter + Cinnamon

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, etc.)
  • pinch cinnamon

Warm Applesauce with Peanut Butter

  • 1/4 cup applesauce or apple puree, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4-1/8 tsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)

Yogurt with Nut Butter

  • 1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut, etc.)

Nut Butter on Tip of your Finger

  • 1 dollop nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)

Nut Butter on Toast

  • 1 piece toated whole-grain bread, pancake or waffle
  • 1/4 tsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 4-5 frozen frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 12/-1 cup milk of choice (regular, formula, breast milk or plant-based)

Ground Nuts on Banana

  • 1 tbsp nuts (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.)
  • 1/2 banana

Pesto Pasta

  • 1-2 tbsp pesto, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 cup cooked pasta

Oat Cereal with Nut Butter

Instructions 

Chunky Banana Puree with Almond Butter + Cinnamon

  • On a cutting board or small bowl, mash the banana with the back of a fork until chunky or smooth (depending on which consistency you prefer), add in the nut or almond butter and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix until completely incorporated and serve.
    Small white bowl with banana puree and peanut butter inside.

Warm Applesauce with Peanut Butter

  • In a small bowl, add in the applesauce or apple puree. Drizzle in the peanut butter (or any nut butter). Place the bowl in the microwave and warm in 10-second intervals, stirring in-between cooking times, or until just warmed. The peanut butter will melt a little bit, making it easy to mix until fully incorporated.
    Small baby bowl with purple spoon with apple puree and drizzle of almond butter.

Yogurt with Nut Butter

  • In a small bowl, add in the yogurt and cashew butter (or any nut butter). Lightly swirl the cashew butter on top and serve.
    Green baby bowl with yogurt and swirl of peanut butter.

Nut Butter on Tip of your Finger

  • Add a small dollop of nut butter on the tip of your finger and let baby lick it off.
    Finger with dollop of nut butter on the tip.

Nut Butter on Toast

  • Toast a piece of whole wheat bread and lightly butter one side. Cut the crust off on one side of the bread (babies can sometimes have a hard time gumming the crust), then spread a small amount of peanut butter (or any nut butter) on the crustless end of the toast. You can also use pancakes or waffles with this recipe.
    Hand holding a piece of toast with nut butter on it.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter

  • In a blender, add in banana, frozen strawberries, peanut butter (or any nut butter), ice cubes and milk and blend on high until completely smooth, adding more milk if needed.
    Baby cup with blue lid with strawberry banana smoothie inside.

Ground Nuts on Banana

  • Place the nuts on a cutting board and chop until finely ground. Alternatively, you can place a larger portion in the blender or food processor and pulse until they are finely ground. Make sure to check every 20-30 seconds to make sure you don't over-grind them into a nut butter.
    Cut a banana in half. 2 inches from the end of the banana, slice the peel gently all the way around. Take the ring of peel off. Sprinkle the exposed banana with the finely ground nuts.
    Note: you can also sprinkle finely ground nuts on avocado, sweet potato wedges, oatmeal, puree, etc.
    Hand holding a banana wit a sprinkle of finely crushed nuts on it.

Pesto Pasta

  • Mix together the cooked pasta and pesto. Serve to baby.
    Purple baby bowl filled with pesto pasta.

Oat Cereal with Nut Butter

  • In a small saucepan pan, bring the water to a boil. Add in the oats and peanut butter and turn the heat down to a low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the water has been absorbed and the oats are cooked.
    For a Puree: transfer the oats to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth or your desired consistency.
    For Baby-Led Weaning: spoon the oats onto a place in small 2-3 inch circles. Place the plate in the fridge to cool. As the oats cool they will hardern, which makes it easier for baby to pick up and eat.
    In the picture, I show the peanut butter swirled on top so you can see it. You can also serve it like this or just mix it in while cooking.
    Pink baby bowl on a green plate. In the bowl is oat cereal and a swirl of peanut butter.

Notes

Age: see list above
Yield: each recipe will give you 1-2 baby servings. 
Nuts: All nuts (and seeds) can be introduced to your baby in a safe way. Some common nuts/seeds to feed baby are:
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Cashews
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pistachios

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