Homemade Flavoured Milk for Toddlers and Kids - Many parents are concerned about their children who don't like milk. We all know that milk is the best source of calcium, an essential mineral for proper growth and bone formation in children. One cup (8 oz./ 236.5 milliliters ) of milk has about 300 mg of calcium. It's also rich in protein, Vitamin D, and other essential nutrients.
But what to do when your child won't drink milk or doesn't like the taste of plain milk? Here is a collection of homemade, tasty, and healthy flavored milk recipes. These flavored milk recipes taste better than plain milk, making milk more appealing with additional nutritional value. I'm sure these options are a better alternative for commercially produced, artificially flavored, colored, and preservative-loaded milk available in the market.
Click on each image or the link of the recipe heading given for the methods. Please refer to the notes section provided at the end of the post for the key points to remember before offering flavored milk to your child.
Homemade Flavoured Milk Options for toddlers and Kids:
You can prepare almond milk/badam milk with homemade almond powder or soaked ground almonds. If you keep a stock of homemade almond powder, mix a teaspoon of almond powder with warm milk and offer your whenever needed. You can also prepare instant almond milk by preparing an almond paste and add to the milk. Both equally taste good on their own.
4. Carrot Milk:
Carrot Milk is a delicious flavored warm milk prepared with cooked carrots, nuts, and cardamom. It is apt for kids who are fussy and picky when it comes to vegetables. You can also make a carrot milkshake if your child prefers cold drinks.
5. Cardamom Milk:
Cardamom Milk/ Elaichi Milk is flavorful, tasty, instant milk made with cardamom/elachi! It has a superb flavor, and it improves digestion. A glass of warm cardamom milk helps your active child get a restful sleep at night.
6. Masala Milk:
7. Chocolate Milk:
Homemade delicious hot milk has the goodness of antioxidants and is sure a better alternative to commercially made chocolate milk. You can prepare chocolate milk at home in two ways. This homemade chocolate nuts mix comes in handy, and you can store it for a month or so and make instant chocolate milk. Otherwise, you can prepare with plain cocoa powder by following this method. You can also use 1 to 2 teaspoon of this homemade chocolate syrup with 1 cup of warm milk to prepare instant chocolate milk.
8. Ragi Malt
10. Urad Dal Milk:
Urad dal milk is a delicious drink with urad dal powder, palm jaggery, and milk. Consuming this drink helps in healthy weight gain, improves skin health, and prevents bone-related problems in toddlers, kids, and even adults.
11. Bajra Badam Milk:
Bajra badam milk is a healthy, tasty drink prepared with pearl millet flour, aka bajra flour, almonds/badam, and milk. It helps with brain development in toddlers and kids.
Ragi Milkshake is a smooth and healthy milkshake made with ragi/nachni/finger millet, cocoa powder, nuts powder, and milk. It is wholesome, full of nutrients, and the best alternative if your child is bored of usual ragi porridge.
13. Poha Oats Milkshake:
Oats Poha milkshake is a healthy milkshake prepared with homemade oats poha powder, banana, milk, and honey. It is naturally sweet, high in fiber, and perfect for a quick, nutritious drink/breakfast for toddlers and kids.
15. Dry Fruits Milkshake:
- After one year, you can introduce plain whole cow's milk to your baby. Try these flavored milk recipes separately after starting cows' milk and rule out allergies or lactose intolerance.
- All the recipes mentioned above are suitable for kids above one year.
- If your baby is allergic to any ingredient in the recipe, please remove it while preparing.
- Always check with your child's pediatrician before giving any new food.