Coconut pudding for baby

This coconut pudding recipe makes an ideal gluten free baby food, but in larger quantities, and not liquidized, it could be enjoyed by the whole family too.

Did you know that coconuts are really a fruit rather than a nut?

Even so, people with a tree nut allergy may react, so they are best avoided if this is the case. However, very few people are allergic to coconut.

The fruit of the coconut palm can be used in various ways in the kitchen, including as a flour that is naturally gluten free, low in carbohydrates but fibre rich. It is normally mixed with other flours in a recipe, rather than being used on its own, however, as the resulting baked goods can be rather dry.

You may come across recipes that call for either coconut cream or creamed coconut. There is a difference! Coconut cream is a liquid, often used in Indian and Caribbean dishes, whereas creamed coconut is purchased in a solid block.

For the recipe below we are using what is known as desiccated coconut here in the UK. If you live in the US you would most likely recognize it as shredded coconut. In fact, it is both of these things! It is dried (or desiccated) and then shredded into short lengths.


  • 1 small apple
  • 1 oz raisins
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened apple or orange juice
  • 1/2 oz desiccated (or shredded, unsweetened) coconut


Peel, core and slice the apple. Put the apple slices into a small saucepan, with the juice and raisins and cook on a low ring for around 10 minutes or until the apple is soft.

Take the pan off the heat and stir in the coconut.

Liquidize, cool and serve.

- - Coconut Pudding


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