Homemade Dry-fruit or Nuts powder is one of the quite essential healthy, Immunity building foods mix powder for babies, toddlers and Kids. This powder can be given to babies(8+months), toddlers and children of all ages and even adults too. When I started giving cow’s milk to my son, my pediatrician suggested to give nuts powder/ dry fruit powder which is 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. You can use this powder to make dry fruit laddo or even add them in oats or smoothies.
With a little research and a little help from my mom. I made a healthy and delicious substitute to the packed mix powders available in the market. I found the combination of nuts powdered at home much better than the products available in the market. Hence I wanted to share this version of nuts powder with tips and tricks to get fine powder without lumps.
Preparation Time: 10mins ∏ Cooking Time: 20mins ∏ Servings: 20 Teaspoon
Level: Beginners (Easy) ∏ Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm
- 1/4 Cup Almond
- 1/4 Cup walnut
- 1/4 Cup pistachios
- 1/4 Cup cashew
- 1/4 Cup pumpkin seed
- 1/2 Teaspoon dry ginger powder
- 2 Teaspoon brown sugar
- 3-4 Green cardamom
- 1/4 tbsp powdered nutmeg
- Few strands of saffron(Optional)
How to make Dry Fruit Powder Mix:
Step1: Start to dry roast nuts one by one till it attains a crunchy texture. Exclude nutmeg, dry ginger powder, cardamom, saffron and sugar. Dry roast the almonds in a pan until it’s hot to touch. Keep aside and cool it down.
Step2: Next, dry roast the cashews until its hot to touch. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Step3: Similarly dry roast pumpkin seed, walnuts, pistachios. Don’t dry roast for a long time, as it may leave out oil. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Step4: Once it is cooled down completely. Put all the roasted dry nuts in a zip lock bag and using rolling pin crush them so that they break into bite size pieces.
Step5: Now add one batch of roasted nuts in mixie/grinder along with nutmeg, brown sugar, dry ginger powder, cardamom & saffron to a blender. (If you are using powdered sugar then you may mix it later into the powder). Use pulse option in the mixie. Don’t grind too much, just pulse it for 10 seconds.
Step6: Repeat with the remaining roasted nuts. It will not be a very fine powder but a slightly coarse one. Now sieve the powder using a sieve. Set the sieved fine powder aside. Collect the hard particles and add it to the blender.
Step7: Again grind the particles using pulse option for 10 seconds. Sieve it again and collect the smooth powder. If needed, sieve and grind again. Cool it down and store in an air tight container.
- Use this powder to make nuts milk. Add it to milk and offer as a health drink to toddlers and adults. Dry Fruits Powder can be given to babies above 8 months.
- Add a tsp of it to purees, mashed food, vegetables soups, pancakes, cereals, porridge’s, milkshakes, smoothies, desserts etc while cooking to increase the nutritional value and taste!
- Use this nut powder to make instant ladoos, cookies etc.
- Instead of brown sugar you can use white sugar.
- You can store this homemade nuts powder in a airtight container, Keep it in refrigerator if you live in a humid weather. It stays well 2 to 3 months if handled properly.
- Make sure you cool down completely after roasting & blending. Otherwise it will let out moisture.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.