Motherhood / Of All Ages

Healthy Coconut-Inspired Recipes for Children

Below are some great healthy recipes for children who love coconuts, for which there are substitutions based on coconut water. A great way to turn the everyday lunch in a healthy kids lunch box ideas.

Sticky Coconut Rice

This one fits well for toddler breakfasts! Take half a cup of glutinous rice, a cup of coconut milk, a banana and some sugar. Soak the rice for some hours and drain it well. Cook the rice in water until it is tender. Now add some coconut milk to it and in another pan, heat the coconut milk and add sugar. Cut the banana into slices and put in a bowl. Pour the rice in it and the sweetened milk atop.

To make this a lower fat/sugar offering, substitute coconut water for coconut milk.


Almond Coconut Rice Pudding

This is one lip smacking dish your little ones will love! You will need to take a cup of rice, a cup of water and the same amount of coconut milk. Mix in a spoon of honey and almond extract. Put all the ingredients in a small cooker and let it process. Serve the pudding warm.


Coconut Ladoo

This sweet coconut ladoo is usually made at festivals, but you can make it any time for kids! You will need 2 cups of grated coconut, a cup of jaggery and a dash of cardamom powder. Heat the jaggery in water in a pan. When it is melted, add grated coconut and mix well. Stir until it gets sticky. Add the cardamom powder, and roll the mixture in palms to shape ladoos.

You can also try using coconut water instead of plain water.


Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

To make this yummy pudding you will require a cup coconut milk, spoonful of honey, a cup of vanilla almond milk, four spoons of chia seeds and ground cinnamon. Add some water to honey and mix well, then put the mixture with all other ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and then place in refrigerator for a few hours. Serve the pudding cold.

Experiment by substituting coconut water for the liquids.


Coconut Cottage Cheese Gravy

This paneer dish in coconut gravy will leave your kids asking for more. You will need 200 grams paneer cubes, a cup of coconut milk, sliced onion, ginger and chili paste, cardamom, bay leaves, salt and oil. Sauté fry the paneer cubes and set them aside. Now, fry the cardamom pods and bay leaves. Add the onion and ginger paste next. Then pour the coconut milk, paneer and salt and simmer for some minutes. Turn off the flame when the gravy is thick.


Coconut Carrot Soup

Your toddlers will love this soft, creamy soup. You will require unsalted butter, chopped onion, chopped carrot cubes, kosher salt, chicken broth and unsweetened coconut milk. Fry the onions and carrot in butter first. Add the salt next. Stir cook and add coconut milk and broth. Cook in low heat until the carrots are very tender. Serve with a dash of pepper on top.