Dates are a superfood packed with nutrition for kids. Here are 65 healthy dates recipes for babies and kids, from purees to smoothies to ice cream and more!
Getting kids to eat dry fruits and nuts is a difficult task, which is why we go for easy solutions like Dry Fruits Powder, Mixed Nuts Powder or Dry Dates Powder. However, if you’re looking for simple and healthy recipes including these ingredients, we hear you! And that’s why we’ve got here today a mega list of over 60 healthy dates recipes!
The recipes here are for babies under one and older kids. Please follow the age recommendations for each recipe and err on the side of caution when it comes to food allergies and choking hazards.
65 Healthy Dates Recipes for Babies and Kids
15 Healthy Dates Recipes for Babies under One Year
1. Dates Puree (6 Months+)- Yummy Tummy Aarthi has a simple recipe for the most basic dates recipe – dates puree! The best part is that besides feeding babies, you can also add this to older kids’ food and milkshakes for extra nutrition and taste.
2. Pear Dates Puree (8 Months+) – This recipe from Baby Foode uses roasted pears and orange juice for an extra tanginess. For younger babies, you can skip the orange juice and stick to the pear and dates alone.
3. Butternut Squash Dates Puree (7 Months+) – Once your baby has tried butternut squash and liked it, you can go ahead and add dates to the mix for a beautifully sweet and nutri-packed meal!
4. Melon Apricot Dates Puree (8 Months+) – Buona Pappa combines three fruits – melon, apricot and dates into a puree that packs a lot of punch. Since babies eat so little, making each mouthful count is important for parents!
5. Homemade Dry Dates Powder (8 Months+) – This powder is perfect as a natural sweetener and is the ideal solution to ensure fussy eaters get their nutrients. You can either make it at home, or buy a 100% organic dates powder online.
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6. Homemade Dates Syrup (8 Months+) – This dates syrup beats any commercial date syrup with its wholesome goodness and amazing taste!
7. Jowar Ragi Dates Porridge (9 Months+) – Tarla Dalal combines two power packed ingredients – jowar and ragi- into a porridge that’s naturally sweetened with dates. This is one dish that’ll keep baby full for a while!
8. Bajra Dates Porridge (8 Months+) – Most of us tend to stick to rice and wheat when feeding babies, missing out on traditional grains! GK Food Diary tackles this by presenting a bajra dates porridge recipe ideal for young babies.
9. Quinoa Banana Apple Dates Puree (8 Months+) – This puree is a great way to introduce babies to the health benefits of quinoa even if they aren’t ready for the texture. Get the full recipe from Buona Pappa.
10. Dates Quinoa Breakfast Porridge (8 Months+) – Easy Baby Meals puts together a filling breakfast porridge using apple, oats, quinoa and spices, sweetened naturally with juicy dates.
11. Wheat Halwa (7 Months+)- GK Food Diary gives us an easy wheat halwa recipe for babies. You can easily skip the sugar if you use dates that are sweet enough.
12. Mini Carrot Muffins (9 Months+) – It’s always a challenge baking for babies under one without sugar, but Healthy Food for Living accomplishes this with dates! The yogurt frosting on top of the muffins adds a nice touch.
13. Spinach Carrot Date Baby Bites (9 Months+) – I Amz Mama has a great finger food idea for babies and toddlers. With spinach, carrots and dates, this is one power packed snack!
14. Banana Date Yogurt Dessert (8 Months+) -Bananas are among the first foods babies eat, and they add the perfect creaminess required in this date yogurt dessert from Kids Food Universe.
15. Poha Dates Kheer (8 Months+) – Poha turns into kheer along with dates in this recipe from Shishu World. You can use either breast milk or formula when making the kheer or opt for a plant milk like almond milk.
50 Healthy Dates Recipes for Kids
16. 3 ingredient Mango Dates Smoothie – This smoothie needs just 3 ingredients and is perfect for summer since it offers enough hydration along with nutrition.
17. Kerala Banana Dates Milkshake – This milkshake uses dates along with Raw Kerala banana powder, proving that it’s not something exclusive to babies! You can get homemade raw Kerala banana powder online.
18. Oats Dates Lassi – Lassi is something that is loved all over the nation, and this recipe from Shrav’s Kitchen uses oats and dates to create a nutritious protein-rich lassi.
19. Dates Ragi Malt – Ragi is a great food that also makes for a filling beverage. This ragi malt recipe from First Timer Cook uses dates for extra nutrition and sweetness. You may not even need to use the jaggery in the recipe!
20. Salted Date Oatmeal – Eating Bird Food creates a yummy and healthy recipe with steel cut oats, banana and dates. By skipping the salt, even babies can have this for breakfast.
21. Choco Dates Smoothie Bowl – This smoothie bowl is the perfect breakfast option for summer, packed with antioxidant rich ingredients like kiwi fruit, walnuts and chia seeds.
22. Eggless Dates Pancakes – You need just a handful of ingredients to make these yummy eggless pancakes from Cooking with Thas. The vanilla and dates aren’t just delicious, they also smell heavenly!
23. Dates Crepes – These crepes from Tarla Dalal are sure to be a hit with the whole family, containing a sweet n crunchy stuffing made of dry fruits and nuts.
24. Apple Dates Cinnamon Toast – Many kids refuse to eat much for breakfast, except perhaps toast. For such picky eaters, this toast recipe from Maple Hill comes to the rescue, being loaded with nutritious and crunchy ingredients.
25. Carrot Apple n Date Sandwiches -Tarla Dalal features a delicious sandwich recipe that uses some unusual combinations! Carrot, apples and dates create a sweet sandwich filling that kids will love.
26. Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates – If you’re looking for a snack that’s both sweet and salty, that’s soft and crunchy, that’s got iron and protein, you’ve come to the right place, with these stuffed dates from Healthy Little Foodies!
27. Dates Flax and Chia Healthy Treats – The name of this recipe is tempting enough when it says healthy treats. With only health ingredients, this is an easy to make and completely healthy snack for kids.
28. Dates Nuts Roll – If you’ve always wondered what healthy energy bars would taste like, these rolls from My Kitchen Odyssey will answer your question! Make these for whenever you need a sudden boost in energy.
29. Crunchy Date Peanut Butter Cups – Peanut butter cups are quite popular with kids, although they’re not that easily available in India. Fix this by trying out this healthy recipe from The Colorful Kitchen.
30. Almond Stuffed Chocolate Dates – Yummy Tummy Aarthi finds the perfect snack for kids that’ll be gladly received, satisfy their nutrient needs and not ruin their appetite for dinner.
31. Date and Apple Bickies – This recipe from Kidgredients may look like there are a lot of ingredients, but it’s actually quite simple! Use coconut sugar for a nice nutty sweetness and flavor.
32. Date Almond Balls – Getting toddlers to eat almonds, cashews or dates can be tough, but these date almond balls makes it super easy. Your toddler is likely to ask for more!
33. Millet Energy Bites – These balls from Archana’s Kitchen are little power packed bombs! With ragi, bajra, dates, nuts and almonds, this is a recipe worth its weight in gold!
34. Date Banana Oaty Bites – Why do you need butter laden brownies when you can enjoy these heavenly date and banana oaty bites? Get the full recipe over at Searching for Spice.
35. Date Almond Candy – Who says that candy has to be laden with sugar and unhealthy? This recipe from Kitchen At Hoskins proves otherwise with a recipe that uses dates, almonds and other healthy ingredients.
36. Dates Paste – This dates paste from Veggies Don’t Bite is a versatile recipe that can be used in practically anything – milkshakes, puddings, kheer, ice cream or anything else you fancy!
37. Hazelnut Dates Choco Spread – The first thought that comes to mind when you hear of hazelnut chocolate spread is Nutella, but this recipe from Live Eat Learn is even better because it uses dates as a sweetener!
38. Dates Jam – Give kids a healthy option to spread on their toast and rotis with this yummilicious dates jam from The Road to Loving My Thermomixer.
39. Date Caramel – Have you always looked at desserts dripping in yummy caramel and wished there was a healthier alternative? Well, you have it now, thanks to this recipe from Eating Bird Food!
40. Dates Tamarind Chutney – This chutney recipe from Hebbar’s Kitchen is one that’ll have you smacking your lips, thanks to the combination of sweetness, sourness and spice! Use organic jaggery for best results.
41. Paleo Dates Sauce – We’re fans of simple recipes with few ingredients, and this recipe from Paleo Gluten Free is right up our alley! Dates, water and salt – that’s all you need to make this paleo dates sauce!
42. Tomato Dates Sauce – If your kids can’t eat without tomato sauce on the side, try out this tomato dates sauce recipe from Happy Belly Fish – it’s natural, tangy and sweet at the same time!
43. Carrot Date Salad – Take a trip to another part of the world with this Moroccan salad from Kellie’s Food to Glow. The recipe has several options to customize so you can make it suit your family to the T!
44. Dates Flatbread – People make parathas out of potatoes, peas, cauliflower or paneer, but have you tried it with dates? I Camp in My Kitchen has tried it, with an Omani Flat bread recipe that uses dates.
45. Date Almond Rice – Once you’ve tried parathas with dates, can rice with dates be far behind? Check out the recipe at Who Needs Salad and try it out for your next weekend lunch!
46. Oats and Dates Kheer – This oats and dates kheer is a sugar free recipe from Tarla Dalal that relies on the sweetness of the dates alone – a completely natural dessert!
47. Chocolate Dates Phirni – This recipe uses dates in two forms – Choco Dates Smoothie Mix and the Dry Dates Powder. The result is a rich and healthy dessert!
48. Walnut Dates Burfi – This burfi from Just Homemade looks decadent, but is actually quite healthy! With dates, walnuts, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds, this is not your everyday burfi, but a nutritional super food!
49. Cashew Date Yogurt Popsicle – A Popsicle with all of three ingredients, this recipe from Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey is a winner! All you need are dates, cashews and yogurt, and you’re all set for a cool, chilled treat!
50. Saffron Date Rice Pudding – Zainab Jagot Ahmed has a simple recipe that brings alive the beautiful flavor of saffron along with dates.
51. Dates Payasam – You can make payasam out of pretty much anything, but this dates payasam from Shrav’s Kitchen is my new favorite! The cinnamon and dry ginger add a nice twist to the flavor.
52. Beetroot Dates Halwa – Vegetables like carrots and beetroots work well in halwa because of their natural sweetness. GK Food Diary makes the most of this in this Beetroot Dates Halwa recipe.
53. Kharik ka Halwa – Along with juicy dates, the dry versions are also quite nutritious although they can be hard for little kids to eat. However, this halwa recipe from Tarla Dalal solves this problem beautifully!
54. Dates Kulfi – For many people, summers are incomplete without a creamy, nutty kulfi, and dates are the perfect ingredient to add some nutrition into the mix! Check out the recipe of dates kulfi over at Full Scoops.
55. Yogurt Date Parfait – Don’t be deceived by the fancy-sounding name, this recipe is really easy to make! Archana’s Kitchen shows us how to make a parfait with yogurt, dates, honey and almonds.
56. Vanilla Dates Ice Cream – Come summer and everyone screams for ice cream. And if you’re also looking for healthy options, you’ll like this vanilla dates ice cream from Proportional Plate.
57. Coconut Dates Ice Cream – An ice cream with just 3 ingredients? Yes, it’s possible! Check out the full recipe at Healing and Eating to know how to make this healthy treat.
58. Dates Sesame Seeds Laddu – Now here’s a recipe you can make with just 2 ingredients, dates and sesame seeds. Can’t think of an easier or healthier festive treat for the whole family!
59. Date Walnut Cookies – If you like cookies with a bit of a bite, you’ll love these cookies from Cook Click n Devour, which have both dates and walnuts for a nice crunch and richness.
60. Dates Chia Seeds and Apricot Laddu – Every one loves no cook recipes, and this one is also dairy free, gluten free and sugar free! With so many boxes ticked, this is a must try!
61. Ragi Flakes and Dates Laddu – These laddus are a good finger food option with millet and nuts. Be careful to avoid choking risks in young children.
62. Sticky Date and Apple Cake – Sticky toffee cakes are a popular party choice, but they’re often laden with sugar. Try this sticky date and apple cake from Searching for Spice instead, for a healthier and sugar-free option.
63. Dates and Nuts Cooker Cake – Don’t have an oven or don’t want to use one in summer? Not a problem, just try out this cooker cake that’s sweetened with apple juice and sweet fresh dates.
64. Eggless Dates Muffins – With no eggs and no sugar, these date muffins are the perfect pick for breakfast, especially if you have picky eaters and fussy toddlers at home!
65. Dry Dates Powder Muffins – Dry dates powder is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your pantry, and this dry dates powder muffins from GK Food Diary are proof!