Welcome to The Mummylogues. A series dedicated to candid conversations, relatable tips and resources for navigating pregnancy and parenting. In this edition, Nutrition Consultant for babies and toddlers, Sanchita Daswani shares a high-calcium recipe for sesame and cocoa fudge, in follow up to her guide to helping transition toddlers to cow’s milk.
Calcium-Intensive Foods & Recipes For Toddlers
Calcium is a vital mineral for building strong bones and teeth, as well as for ensuring cardiac and nerve functions.
Babies before the age of one are able to get adequate calcium from breastmilk/ formula. If your baby starts weaning off breastmilk before the age of one, then formula can provide adequate calcium. You can also start looking at foods that are high in calcium to incorporate into their diet.
Once they turn one, toddlers between the ages of 1 and 3 require 700 mg of calcium a day. While dairy is a great source of calcium, if your child is lactose-intolerant and/or has different tastes and preferences, it is very possible to get enough calcium from non-dairy sources as well such as moringa, ragi, eggs, oats, sesame seeds, chia seeds, beans and lentils.
Sesame seeds in particular can provide a great boost of both calcium and protein. If you’re looking for a fun way to incorporate sesame into your toddlers’ diet, here’s a delicious recipe for sesame and cocoa fudge sweetened with dates. It’s perfect for snack-time!
Please note sesame seeds are a high allergen food and should be introduced with care and ideally between the ages of 6-12 months. For help with introducing allergen foods, do check out Sanchita’s website or contact her (details provided below).
Sesame & Cocoa Date Fudge Recipe For Toddlers
- ¾ cup white sesame seeds (hulled)
- 1½ cup dates (soaked in warm water for 15 minutes, then pitted)
- 1/3 cup tahini
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup water
- a pinch of salt
- Combine all the ingredients together, except the water.
- Place in a blender or food processor. As you blend, keep adding the water to help it mix. The dates should be completely chopped up and spread throughout the mixture. The mixture itself will have a sticky consistency.
- Place the fudge on a tray and flatten to around 1 -2 inches.
- Pop it in the fridge to set for an hour and then serve. This sesame fudge stores for one week.
About Sanchita Daswani
Sanchita Daswani is a Nutrition Consultant for Babies and Toddlers who focuses on guiding and empowering parents to confidently offer meals to their kids. She focuses on helping parents introduce solids to babies, creating balanced meal plans for toddlers and helping parents create a positive and successful mealtime environment.