The nutritional needs of a toddler are much higher than that of an adult for their body size (per kg body weight). Offering a nutritious dessert at the end of their meal as part of a balanced diet  provides another opportunity for your toddler to get the energy and top nutrients that they need from a wider variety of foods. It doesn’t need to be given at the end of every meal but every so often it can make mealtimes more interesting.

Nutritious dessert ideas:

  • Stewed apple and custard
  • Yoghurt and fresh fruit
  • Tinned fruit e.g. pear, pineapple or peaches (always choose ‘tinned in natural juice’) and custard
  • Rice pudding topped with mango puree* (or other soft, ripe fruits)
  • Semolina topped with poached pears*
  • Blueberry pancakes* and yoghurt (can also make with berry fruits as another option)

Recipe: Mango puree

Choose a very ripe mango. Peel, remove the flesh from the stone and puree.

Recipe: Poached pears
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Ingredients

  • 2 firm pear
  • Cinnamon
  • 250ml Water

Method

Use firm pears. Peel, core and quarter. In a saucepan with 250ml water, add the pears and a pinch of cinnamon and poach gently for 1½ hours until soft, turning the pears halfway through cooking.

Recipe: Blueberry pancakes

Ingredients

  • 125g plain flour
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Fresh blueberries or other soft fruit
  • Vegetable oil for frying

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Method

  1. Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl.
  2. Whisk the egg and the milk together and gradually add this mixture to the flour, beating continuously until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat until you see a faint haze.
  5. Ladle the batter into the pan to make several thin discs approx. 5cm across.
  6. When the mixture has set into shape ensure that the underside is golden. Turn the pancakes over with a palette knife and cook for a few seconds to brown.
  7. Serve with yoghurt.

Desserts are naturally sweet. Too many sweet foods can be harmful for your toddler’s teeth. You can care for your toddler’s teeth and gums by brushing their teeth and gums twice daily using a soft toothbrush. A pea sized amount of flouridated toothpaste can be used from your toddler’s second birthday. You can supervise your toddler to make sure they are brushing each one of their milky whites.

If you’d like any further advice on dessert ideas for your toddler, contact our Careline.