Fun Finger Foods for baby and toddler

Here are some easy Recipes for Baby 9-12 months old and towards the bottom are some recipes for our picky toddlers and preschoolers. Some of the recipes can be expanded to fit your family meals too! Let your toddler and picky eater help cook some of these recipes. Kids are more likely to eat what they helped to create. Have fun and let us know how they turn out!

Baby Recipes (9-12 mo):

Apple Turkey Loaf/Sticks

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey
1 whole egg or 2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup pureed carrots
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup unprocessed natural wheat or oat bran
1/4 cup bread crumbs
pinch of basil
pinch of garlic powder

Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
Add the egg/yolk, carrots, applesauce, spices, bread crumbs and bran.
Mix well – If this mixture appears too dry, add more carrots or applesauce. If this mixture appears too wet, add more bran and/or bread crumbs

Place mix into a lightly oiled (olive oil) loaf pan
Bake at 350F for approx. 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. You may wish to cover with foil to prevent the top from burning

When finished baking and cooled, remove loaf from pan and slice as you would for bread. Break into small bits for finger feeding or
Mash or chop gently

This recipe may also be made into “Turkey Sticks” for Toddlers and older babies who are able to handle more textured/chunky finger foods.

Variations:

Cook the ground turkey separately, add the other ingredients and puree

Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Nuggets

(10 months+)

1 16-oz Package frozen broccoli, cooked, drained, and chopped

1 cup Seasoned bread crumbs (you could try using baby cereal if you want, we know it works well with “baby meatballs”)

1 ½ cups Shredded cheddar cheese (please use real cheese and not a “processed cheese food” product. Try tomato & basil cheddar!)

3 Large eggs or 5 egg yolks – Most pediatricians say it’s ok to use whole egg in a baked good when baby is over 8-9 months old without allergies. We would recommend that you substitute 5 egg yolks for the whole eggs if serving this to those under 1 yr. Ask YOUR pediatrician!Heat oven to 375
1. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
2. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.

*Add seasonings if you like – garlic powder, pepper, extra basil & oregano for example. Add a fruit or veggie puree to substitute for the eggs if desired.

3. Shape mixture into nuggets or fun shapes such as squares or squigglies etc..and place on baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turn nuggets over after 15 minutes. Serve warm

Easy Brazilian Fried Bananas
(you may use plantains as well)

Peel a banana and slice it in half; lengthwise.
Add 1tbs of butter to a small frying pan and melt butter.
Place banana “inside” side down in butter in the pan.
Fry for approx. 5 minutes then turn over gently (bananas get very soft and may break apart)

Fry for 5 more minutes until both sides turn a golden brown
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (or leave out the sugar and just sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon) Remove from pan and serve warm

If appropriate for your baby’s age/stage, you may also sauté onion, and tomato and add banana/plantain for frying to this dish for a Caribbean flair – just leave out the cinnamon/sugar!

Fruits for Baby Finger Food – be sure to take out seeds!

Fruits make great baby finger foods! Colorful and highly nutritious, small soft bits of fruit will have your baby’s fingers pinching away for hours!

soft baked peaches – diced

small dices of ripe banana

small bits of ripe mango

dices of ripe pears

small dices of melon

small bits of avocado

squished blueberries

kiwi – diced small (seeds should be ok for baby over 10 months old)

small dices of mixed fruits for a “finger fruit salad

  
Baby Finger Food Veggies– make sure veggies are cooked soft, peeled and de-seeded as needed!
 

 

Like Fruits, Veggies make great baby finger foods!

soft baked sweet potato dices or sweet potato fries (see below for recipe)

soft baked white potato dices

small dices of soft cooked carrots

small dices of soft cooked peas

small dices of soft cooked broccoli

small bits of soft cooked green beans

small bits of soft baked butternut or acorn squash

small dices of soft cooked veggies mixed for a “veggie finger medley”

More Baby Finger Food Ideas

tofu cubes “dusted” with cereal dust or wheat germ and diced into tiny cubes

soft cooked pasta (ditalini or cut up rotini)

small bits of soft cheeses
Read about Introducing Cheese to Your Baby

small dices or shreds of soft cooked chicken, beef or turkey

cereals such as Multi-Grain Cheerios or Oatie-Os

petite toast points with a fruit puree spread or thin cream cheese

 

Toddler Recipes:

Awesome Apples & Groovy Grape Chicken

1 cup of smooshed or quartered red or green grapes (buy Organic as grapes are on the “dirty dozen list from the EWG for pesticide levels)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 chicken breast

Prepare a small frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Warm pan and then add the chicken breast. Sautee the chicken until both sides are golden – remove chicken and dice (don’t burn your fingers!)

Add applesauce and grapes to the pan. Add the dices of chicken back to the pan and continue to sautee until the chicken is fully cooked. Add a dash of cinnamon for a nice taste!

When making this for your toddler, please decide if your toddler will be able to handle the grape quarters. If you feel that these would present a choking hazard, please smoosh the grapes until you are sure they are “safe” for your toddler. Also note, cooked grapes are very soft and mushy!

Spinach Nuggets 1 16-oz package frozen chopped spinach, cooked, drained, and chopped further if needed
1 cup Seasoned bread crumbs – (3/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup wheat germ or flax meal is a healthy substitution!)
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese Try tomato & basil cheddar!)
3 Large eggs or 5 egg yolks

Heat oven to 375
1. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
2. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. *Add seasonings if you like – garlic powder, pepper, extra basil & oregano for example. Add a fruit or veggie puree to substitute for the eggs if desired*.
3. Shape mixture into nuggets or fun shapes such as squares or squigglies etc..and place on baking tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turn nuggets over after 15 minutes. Serve warm

You can “roll” this out and then try using small cookie cutters to make these into fun shapes!

These recipes and finger food ideas where found at the wholesome baby and toddler food website. Check it out! www.wholesomebabyfood.com and www.wholesometoddlerfood.com

Kalisha and Reneca

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