Coconut Milk For Baby

Our happy baby coconut milk is a nutritious, dairy-free alternative to formula. It’s made with organic ingredients, without pesticides or chemicals. Coconut Milk for Baby is an all-natural, organic, and preservative-free alternative to dairy formula. Our raw organic coconut milk is a wonderful way to provide your baby with the essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins needed for proper brain function. Coconut Milk for Baby tastes great too!

Here are some recipes to include coconut in your kid’s menu. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of coconut milk, how and when to introduce coconut milk to the baby etc.

WHEN CAN I INTRODUCE COCONUT MILK TO MY BABY?

Coconut milk can be introduced to babies’ diets from 8 months. Giving plain coconut milk to babies is not a good idea, hence add a few tablespoons of coconut milk to mashed vegetables or any porridge to enhance the taste and creaminess. Please keep in mind that for babies below one year, breast milk or formula should be primary and it should not be replaced with coconut milk.

For Toddlers and kids, you can add it to milkshakes, kheer, smoothies, soups, rice, or curry.  You can give a maximum 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of coconut milk per day for babies and toddlers. Don’t give more amount than mentioned as it keeps the tummy full for a long time, and hence, the child cannot eat other foods. Also, note that coconut milk cannot be used as a complete substitute for cows milk for toddlers and growing kids as its low in calcium and protein.

HOW TO SELECT AND STORE COCONUT MILK FOR BABY FOOD

  • Freshly extracted homemade coconut milk is recommended for babies as it has a nice flavor and naturally sweet, unlike the store-bought coconut milk.
  • Use the homemade coconut milk directly or refrigerate as per your preference. It stays good for four days in the refrigerator.
  • In case of emergencies, you could opt for an organic, unsweetened store-bought canned coconut milk. Store in the refrigerator once the can is opened and finish within 4-5 days.

NUTRIENTS IN COCONUT MILK

Here is the nutrition information of  1 cup of coconut milk (100 g)

Coconut Milk Nutrition

Source: USDA

HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT MILK FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

  • The phosphorus and magnesium content in coconut milk helps to build healthy muscles
  • Keep your baby’s skin glow as its rich in Copper
  • Vitamin C in coconut milk improves immunity in children
  • Helps to relieve from constipation due to its electrolytes and healthy fats
  • One cup of coconut milk contains 25% 0f daily iron, which prevents anemia in children.

COCONUT MILK RECIPES FOR BABIES TODDLERS, AND KIDS

Here are some recipes to include the nutritious coconut milk in your child’s menu.

Coconut Milk Recipes For Babies and Kids

1. HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Coconut milk collection - Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe

Coconut milk is readily available in the market, but homemade coconut milk is fresh and tastes delicious! The process of making coconut milk at home is simple, except for the grating part. You can use the coconut milk immediately or refrigerate as per your preference.

2. VEGETABLE OATS PORRIDGE WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Vegetable Oats Porridge is a smooth, quick, one-pot savory porridge for babies and toddlers with vegetables, oats, and coconut milk! This creamy oats porridge is wholesome and filling that it can be given to babies as breakfast or even lunch.

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3. RICE MOONG DAL KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

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Easy to make, tasty and healthy dessert recipe for babies and toddlers with coconut milk and homemade rice moong dal cereal. It makes a delicious and filling dessert for small babies, even toddlers.

4. DATES KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Dates kheer is a quick, healthy, no sugar kheer made with dates, nuts, dry fruits coconut milk. This delicious date kheer recipe is very easy to make within 15 minutes. It can be served as a quick dessert for babies after introducing dates and coconut milk separately.

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5. POHA KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Poha kheer is an instant kheer made with poha aka flattened rice, nuts, dry fruits, and coconut milk. It is so simple to make with fewer ingredients, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare this delicious tasting kheer. It can be served as a dessert or as a quick evening snack for babies and toddlers.

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6. BROKEN WHEAT KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS +)

Healthy dessert made with Dalia/ broken wheat/cracked wheat, nuts, and coconut milk! Dalia is a great healthy food for babies and kids, hence its recommended to include them in their diet at least once in a week. This Dalia kheer tastes so yummy! I am sure your little ones & the whole family will like it!

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7. SABUDANA PORRIDGE WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS +)

Energy-boosting porridge recipe made with Sabudana/sago/javvarisi and coconut milk. This Sabudana porridge is a weight gaining food for babies and growing toddlers!

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8. MANGO APRICOT SMOOTHIE WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS +)

Tasty smoothie recipe made with mangoes, apricot and coconut milk! This smoothie is one of the best ways to include apricots in children’s diets! Make sure to introduce mango and coconut milk separately before you try this mango apricot smoothie to your baby.

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9. BANANA KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS +)

 A delicious dessert made with Kerala long banana /Nenthram pazham, nuts, and coconut milk! Kerala banana is a great healthy food for growing babies and kids, that helps in healthy weight gain too. This banana kheer is sure a healthy treat to babies and kids, as it is tasty and delicious.

Coconut milk collection recipe - Banana Kheer

10.FISH CURRY WITH COCONUT MILK (10 MONTHS+)

Mildly spiced fish curry with coconut milk apt for babies, toddlers, and kids. This fish curry is very easy to make within 30 minutes and goes well with plain rice, Idli, or Dosa.

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11.MOONG DAL KHEER WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS +)

Easy and healthy dessert made with moong dal, nuts, and coconut milk or milk! Moong dal is an easily digestible & healthy food for babies and kids. This Kheer tastes so tasty and filling with simple ingredients. This moong dal kheer can be given to babies as a quick dessert.

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12.COCONUT MILK RICE (1 YEAR+)

Mildly flavored rice with coconut milk, cashews, ghee, and tempering. The coconut milk rice is one of the tasty and healthy rice variety, which is just apt for kids. You can serve this coconut milk rice with curd or any vegetable curry of your choice.

Coconut milk collection - Coconut Milk Rice Recipe for Toddlers and Kids

13. KIWI BANNA SMOOTHIE WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Creamy smoothie with kiwi, banana and coconut milk. Adding Banana and coconut milk to this smoothie helps in getting a creamy texture and subsides the slight sour & bitter taste of the kiwi fruit. This kiwi banana smoothie makes an excellent healthy breakfast smoothie option for toddlers and kids!

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14. VEGETABLES NUTS PULAO WITH COCONUT MILK (1 YEAR+)

Easy, a quick, one-pot meal made with vegetables, nuts, coconut milk, and rice in a pressure cooker. Pulao or biryanis are one of the best ways to sneak in veggies to fussy eater’s diet. Also, it’s apt for the lunch box too. It goes well with plain curd or any raita. This vegetable nuts pulao can be given to babies once the baby started eating all family foods.

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15. VEGETABLE BIRYANI WITH COCONUT MILK (8 MONTHS+)

Quick Vegetable biryani prepared with rice, vegetables, and coconut milk! It is very easy and fast to make when you have chopped mixed vegetables in hand. You can add any vegetable of your choice like carrots, beans, potatoes, cauliflower, peas and baby corns for making this vegetable biryani.

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Try these delicious coconut milk recipes for babies & kids and add the nutritious liquid in your child’s’ menu!

Coconut milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk for babies who are allergic to milk. It’s also dairy-free, therefore it doesn’t cause any allergies or digestive issues. Coconut milk is full of flavor, so you can use it as an ingredient in your baby food without making it taste weird or funny. Organic coconut milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk, as it contains far less lactose and fat. Our organic coconut milk also has higher levels of proteins, helping baby develop strong bones and healthy muscle growth.

Coconut Milk For Baby Weight Gain

We have used coconut milk for baby weight gain. It is a good product that contains a lot of calories, so it helps us to make sure our babies are getting enough to grow. A fed baby is a happy baby. Give your little one the nutrients she needs to grow strong and healthy with this organic coconut milk for baby that’s gentle on her tummy

Coconut milk is rich in nutrients. It mostly contains fats that are good for the body. Babies need essential fats for brain development, insulation, and for the benefit of their skin. Coconut milk also contains several vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C and E. All these nutrients can help in maintaining your baby’s good health, development, and boosting immunity. But coconut milk is not safe for babies. It is not a replacement for breast milk or formula as it lacks nutrients present in the breast milk. In fact, even cow’s milk is also not a replacement for breast milk. Cow’s milk can lead to dehydration and iron deficiencies in babies. There’s no substitute for breast milk – you must remember that!

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Nutritional Value Of Coconut Milk

Nutritional value per 100 g
Protein2.3 g
Minerals:IronZincPotassiumMagnesiumCalciumPhosphorus 1.6 mg0.67 mg263 mg37 mg16 mg100 mg
VitaminsThiamine0.03 mg

Health Benefits of Coconut Milk for Babies

Here’s why you must consider including coconut milk in your little one’s diet –

Health Benefits of Coconut Milk for Babies

1. May Help in the Brain Development of the Baby

Coconut milk has a high-fat content. And the fats in coconut milk are of the good kind—saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The presence of good fats helps in the development of your baby’s brain. As your baby’s brain will be constantly developing at a rapid pace, giving him a healthy and nutritious drink as coconut milk might help.

2. May Strengthen Your Baby’s Immune System

Vitamins and minerals are necessary for a baby’s overall development, and coconut milk is chock-full of them. Potassium and sodium work together to maintain blood pressure. Vitamin C helps repair and develop tissues and red blood cells. It helps boost immunity as well.

3. Works As an Antimicrobial

Coconut milk acts as an antimicrobial and can protect your baby’s body from bacteria, virus, and germs. Coconut water is a part of the milk, and this water contains lipids which can help ward off antibodies.

4. May Help kill Worms in the Intestine

A lot of doctors recommend coconut milk to de-worm the child. Children are prone to intestinal worms. Coconut milk contains antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, and lauric acid, that can kill these worms and boost the immunity of your child as well.

Reasons Why Coconut Milk Should Not Be an Alternative to Breast Milk or Formula

Coconut milk has several health benefits, but it is not enough for a baby as a replacement for breast milk or formula; here’s why –

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1. Not Enough Protein Content

Proteins are necessary for the development and repair of muscles and tissues in the body. A baby needs a minimum of 11 grams of protein each day, and a measure of 100 grams of coconut milk gives you only about 2 grams of protein, which clearly isn’t enough for the growing baby.

2. Not Enough Calcium Content

Calcium is required for the development of bones and teeth, and coconut milk has barely 10% of the necessary calcium content that your child needs.

3. Can Suppress Your Baby’s Appetite

Coconut milk is rich in essential fats and calories, and this can make your baby feel full for a few hours, without really providing enough nutrients that your baby requires. Since the baby’s tummy is full, he will refuse to consume breast milk or food for a few hours.

When and How to Introduce Coconut Milk in Your Infant’s Diet

You can start giving coconut milk to your baby when he turns eight months of age or when he starts on solids. The first time you give your baby coconut milk, start with just a couple of spoons, to check your baby is not allergic to it. You can then start by using coconut milk instead of cow or goat milk for mixing your baby’s formula. You can add coconut milk to boiled and mashed rice or potato, with a little bit of sugar for some sweetness. However, too much sugar can cause dental problems, so limit it to about half a teaspoon. You can also make milkshakes with coconut milk and fruits like strawberries, mangoes, and bananas. Coconut milk and baby food recipes are a favourite these days, as coconut milk has a rich, creamy, and slightly sweet taste that most babies love.

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When and How to Introduce Coconut Milk in Your Infant’s Diet

How to Make Coconut Milk at Home

You can buy coconut milk from the grocery stores – it is convenient, but since it is about your baby, we suggest that you make it at home. By making coconut milk at home, you can be sure that your baby is not consuming preservatives. Here’s how you make fresh coconut milk for your baby at home –

 Ingredients 

 Method

  • Break the coconut, and collect the coconut water in a bowl, and keep aside.
  • Grate the de-husked coconut and then boil it with some warm water.
  • Mix the coconut water with the boiled coconut pulp or meat, and grind it till it forms a thick paste.
  • Pour this paste/puree into a clean muslin cloth and squeeze it.
  • Collect the coconut milk in a clean bowl and allow it to cool.

From working as an antimicrobial to having a cooling effect on your body, coconut milk sure is a healthy drink. But you should introduce it in your baby’s diet only after consulting with your baby’s paediatrician and once your baby turns around eight months of age. Coconut milk is no substitute for breast milk, you must keep this in mind. Breastfeed your baby and your baby will grow healthily!

Oats With Coconut Milk For Baby

Oats with coconut milk for baby is a high protein and nutritious meal for your growing child. It has a mild, sweet taste and can be served with milk for added calories and nutrients. This packaged baby cereal is suitable for babies above 4 months of age. Oats, one of the most nutritious cereals for children, are a perfect start to your baby’s day. Add a little milk and you have a healthy, easy breakfast ready in no time.

What is Oat Flour?

Oat flour is just very finely ground oats. You can either buy a bag from the shop (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand), or make your own with rolled oats.

Can I freeze this?

Yes! It can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Banana Coconut Baby Oats {Iron Rich Baby Food}

A baby breakfast puree with the delicious tropical flavors of banana and coconut. This recipe uses ground oats or oat flour for a perfectly smooth texture. Oats are an excellent early source of iron for vegetarian and vegan babies. This recipe is also the perfect filling for a breakfast squeeze pouch for older babies and toddlers.

5 30ml / 1oz servings

prep time:5 MINS

total time:5 MINS

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp oat flour, or finely ground oats
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 small chunks of fresh pineapple
  • Pinch or two of cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients until smooth in a food processor or baby food maker.

Notes

You can substitute yogurt for the coconut if you prefer.

This will make about 5 30ml / 1oz servings for smaller babies (depending on the size of your banana) or two breakfast portions for an older baby or toddler. Nutritional info is based on the smaller portion.

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