Sunday 24 October 2010


Organic Almond Nut Butter/Økologisk Mandelsmør/有机杏仁酪[yǒu jī xìng rén lào]

For babies from 12 months.

1. Add ½ to 1 teaspoon into porridge, cereals, oatmeal, omelettes, pancakes, waffles or yogurt for baby (and family).

2. Use it as alternative to butter and spread on bread

Nutritional Value:
Nut butter is cholestrol free, rich in vitamins and minerals. Consuming a nut butter can be a good step in fighting against heart disease. Consuming nuts lowers Type II diabetes risk. Eating 5 servings or 30 grams of nuts each week can cut risk by almost one third. An easy way to include nuts in the diet is to choose nut butters. The good fats in nuts are excellent for baby’s brain development and for preventing old people from developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Nut butter, whether from almond, hazelnut or other nuts, is a very good source of protein, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and manganese and a good source of magnesium, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and phosphorus. Almond nut butter is higher in calories than many other nut butters.

Only a few nuts contain vitamin A, and hazelnuts are among them. Hazelnut also contains selenium and calcium.

The fats in almond butter can cause it to go rancid, so it should be kept in the fridge.

Important note:
Nuts are high allergy food and some babies can be allergic to it. Thus, it is preferable to serve to baby after 1 year old.

Additional information:
I introduced it to Joshua when he was just about to turn 1 year old, and he did not have any allergic reactions. He enjoyed it very much, and it was very easy to introduce it to him. He still loves it now. I add it to his super porridge every morning and spread it on his Danish open sandwich for lunch at the daycare.

It is apparently very easy to make your own nut butter, although I have not tried it myself – too lazy to do it :-) You just grind the nuts in the blender until it become smooth like a paste. Then store it in the fridge.

Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron

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