21 Healthy Finger Foods For Toddlers


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Toddlers tend to eat finger food by the time they are around seven or eight months olds. It can help the child develop independent eating habits. You should know what type of finger foods you can give to the baby, and to consider the nutritional wholesomeness of those foods. Suitable food for toddlers are vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, cereals, nuts. You can combine these foods in several ways.

Note: Be cautious of allergic reactions as the chances of cross-reactivities increase when an array of foods are introduced to the baby. Introduce only one new food at a time.

We have prepared for you these 21 healthy and easy toddler meal recipes.

Breakfast Finger Foods For Toddlers

1. Oats and Apple Pancake with Yogurt

Perfect choice of finger food for breakfast, they are soft and have an easy to chew texture. You can add some fruit or yogurt to this recipe.

You will need:

  • 1-1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (coarsely powdered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 cups fresh buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 apple (peeled and sliced)
  • Whole fat yogurt (as a serving)

How to:

  1. Take a large bowl and put whole wheat flour, baking powder, oats, chopped almonds, salt, and cinnamon powder in it. Toss and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Now, take another bowl and whisk egg and buttermilk together, and add maple syrup/honey, and oil to it. Once done, combine it with the flour mix to prepare the batter. Set it aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a flat pan on medium heat, and brush it with the oil.
  4. Place 2-4 apple slices in the pan with some space in between so that they could be easily flipped. Cook these slices until they turn light golden in color.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup of batter (or more if needed) on the pan and spread it enough to place two slices of apple.
  6. Place two slices on top of the pancake and cook until the bottom turns golden in color.
  7. Flip to the other side and cook till it turns golden brown too.
  8. Transfer the pancake to a serving plate. Serve with yogurt and top with some diced apples.

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2. Cereal and nut bites

This is a delicious breakfast finger food for the toddler. A healthy mix of cereal and nuts. 

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oat cereal
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup seedless dates

How to:

  1. Transfer all ingredients to a large bowl and mix them well.
  2. Set aside a small quantity of the mix and roll it into a ball. Continue making as many you can with the mix.
  3. Place the cereal bites on a plate and refrigerate them for 10 minutes before serving.

3. Honey toast sandwich

A delicious and healthy mix, sweet combination.

Note: Do not give honey to children below the age of one year.

You will need:

  • 4-5 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup honey

How to:

  1. Toast the bread to the desired level of crispiness. Cut the toasted bread into smaller sections.
  2. Spread honey on each slice and cover it with another slice of bread to make a sandwich.
  3. Refrigerate for five minutes, and the delicious breakfast finger food is ready.

4. Oats and bananas muffin

Oats and bananas muffins are fiber-rich.

You will need:

  • 2 chopped bananas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup sliced blueberries
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cow’s milk (optional)

How to:

  1. Blend all the ingredients, except blueberries, thoroughly. If you want the consistency of the batter to be thin, then add some milk.
  2. Grease a muffin tray with a little oil and pour the batter into it. Top the muffin with the sliced blueberries.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (176ºC) and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once ready, allow the muffins to cool sufficiently before serving it to the toddler.

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5. Scrambled eggs with vegetables

Scrambled eggs are easy to make. Add crumbs of whole wheat bread to bump up its nutritional value.

You will need:

  • 4-5 eggs
  • Finely chopped vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix the very finely chopped vegetables with the eggs.
  2. Heat oil in the pan and transfer the egg mixture into the pan. Use a spatula to scramble into small pieces.
  3. Keep cooking on a medium flame till the eggs are cooked well and brownish. Cool and serve.

Lunchtime Finger Foods For Toddlers

6. Rice and chicken nugget

Ideal Indian-style toddler finger food that can be served for lunch.

You will need:

  • 2 cups sliced boneless chicken
  • 3-4 cups of rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Cut the boneless chicken pieces into smaller bits so that it is easier for the toddler to eat them.
  2. Steam the chicken pieces for 10 minutes using a steam grill inside a pan or a cooker. You can also boil the pieces by placing them in shallow water and boiling them for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove the boiled chicken pieces from the water and roll them in rice flour multiple times so that there is a thick coat of flour around.
  4. Pour a tablespoon of oil into a pan and fry the chicken for four minutes on a low flame. Turn the pieces around and fry the other side for four minutes as well. Both sides of the nugget must turn golden brown.
  5. Let the chicken nuggets cool, and the delicious meat finger food for toddlers is ready.

7. Potato and peas cutlet

This vegetarian finger food recipe for toddlers is easy to prepare. Also, it’s a good solution to carry for outdoor activities such as camping or a road trip.

You will need:

  • 3-4 cup peas, boiled and mashed
  • 1 large potato, boiled
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup cornflour or chickpea flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Water

How to:

  1. Mix the peas and potato in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.
  2. Divide them into small portions, shaped like a cutlet
  3. Mix cornflour with a little water to make a batter of medium consistency.
  4. Heat a pan and brush it with oil.
  5. Dip the cutlets in the cornflour batter and put them on the pan, two at a time.
  6. Cook them, and slip in between, until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  7. Cool and then serve.

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8. Mashed potato rolls

Mashed potato rolls are ideal finger food for active toddlers in daycare.

You will need:

  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 4-5 cups of wheat flour
  • 6-7 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes or use a pressure cooker up and cook until four whistles to make the potatoes tender.
  2. Mash the boiled potatoes. Add water used for boiling to soften the potatoes if required.
  3. Make a dough using wheat flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out a thin layer of dough. Add some mashed potatoes in the center and roll the dough again. Cut the dough into small sections to make mini-rolls.
  4. Heat oil in the pan. Place the rolls, and shallow fry them on a medium flame for four minutes. Turn the rolls and fry for four minutes. You can continue frying till the roll develops a crispy golden-brown crust.
  5. Let the rolls cool, and the toddler finger food is ready to be served.

9. Spinach, cheese, and rice rolls

This spinach, cheese, and rice, all rolled up together in this delicious finger food are suitable for toddler’s lunchtime.

You will need:

  • 2 cups of finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 4-5 cups of rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Mix the rice flour with water to make a thick batter.
  2. Boil spinach for 10 minutes till it is completely soft.
  3. Sieve the spinach and transfer it to a blender. Add fresh water, grated cheese, and blend till it forms a thick paste.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Use a ladle to spread a thin layer of the rice batter. Let it cook for 3 minutes on a medium flame. Then spread spinach and cheese on it.
  5. Gently roll the cooked rice pancake, cut it into smaller rolls, and continue cooking till the outer layer becomes crusty. Serve after cooling the finger food sufficiently.

10. Meat and wheat balls

Meat and wheat balls are protein-rich finger food.

You will need:

  • 4 cups minced meat (mutton)
  • 3-4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoon oil

How to:

  1. Cook the minced meat by boiling for 20 minutes on medium flame. Alternatively, you can cook it in a pressure cooker for up to four whistles. Sieve out the cooked meat and let it cool.
  2. Make a dough with the wheat flour and mix it with the cooked minced meat. Mix and roll it well so that it develops a homogenous consistency.
  3. Make small meatballs with the dough and meat mixture. Heat oil in the pan and shallow fry these balls till the meatball develops a brownish crust.
  4. Let the meatball cool before serving it to your little one.

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Evening Snack Finger Foods For Toddlers

11. Baked sweet potato sticks

Baked sweet potato sticks are a simple dish for toddlers that you can prepare quickly and easily. 

You will need:

  • 5-6 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to:

  1. Slice the sweet potato into long strips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Grease the baking tray with a small quantity of oil.
  3. Place the sweet potato on the baking tray, mix well, and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Once baked, transfer the sweet potato sticks into a bowl, add salt, and mix thoroughly. Wait till the sticks are cool enough before serving it to your toddler.

12. Assorted fruit salad

This is an all-fruit recipe, and it provides nutrition. Also, it is perhaps the simplest toddler finger food idea.

You will need:

  • 1 cup sliced apple
  • 1 cup sliced pear
  • 1 cup chopped banana
  • 1 cup diced papaya
  • 1 cup sliced orange
  • 1 cup chopped strawberry
  • 3 cups of water

How to:

  1. Boil the apple, pear, and strawberry in water for 10 minutes on a medium flame. Boiling will help make the fruit tender and prevent it from being a choking hazard.
  2. Let the apple and pear cool. Transfer them into a large bowl and to that, add the chopped banana, sliced orange, and diced papaya. Only use ripened varieties of fruits to make them easier for the toddler to eat. It also makes this recipe an ideal finger food for younger toddlers with few teeth.
  3. Mix the fruits together, and the preparation is all set to be served to the hungry toddler.

13. Egg and vegetable muffin

Eggs and vegetables are a great choice for toddlers.

You will need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup diced cauliflower
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Beat the eggs thoroughly and add to it the cauliflower, carrot, milk, and cheese. Mix them thoroughly.
  2. Grease a muffin tray with oil and pour the beaten eggs’ mixture into each mold.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Place the muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Let the baked muffin cool before serving it.

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14. Baked apples with lime

Baked apples with lime are easy to prepare, and enough health to be an evening snack for the toddler.

You will need:

  • 4-5 apples
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 4-5 cups of water

How to:

  1. Cut the apples into long slices and bake them so that they turn entirely tender.
  2. Transfer the apples to a bowl and let them cool completely.
  3. Add lime juice to it, and mix thoroughly. The healthy finger food evening snack is ready to be served.

15. Minced chicken finger sandwiches

This sandwiches recipe is easy to prepare and has all the goodness of chicken and whole wheat bread.

You will need:

  • 5-6 slices of whole bread
  • 3-4 cups of minced boneless chicken
  • 2-3 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • 1/3 tablespoon salt

How to:

  1. Boil the minced chicken in water for 15 minutes on medium flame.
  2. Transfer the boiled chicken into a blender, add salt, and blend them all coarsely.
  3. Cut the bread into small pieces. Spread the blended chicken onto the bread and make small finger sandwiches.
  4. Heat oil in the pan. Place the mini-sandwiches, and shallow fry them on a medium flame for 3 minutes. Turn the sandwich around and fry the other side.
  5. Once ready, serve this fiber-rich chicken finger food to your toddler.

16. Cracker coated tofu

Cracker coated tofu can be prepared in a few minutes. Easy and simple.

You will need:

  • 1 slab of firm tofu
  • 3-4 whole-wheat crackers
  • A ziplock bag

How to:

  1. Cut the tofu into cubes that are small enough for a toddler to hold and eat.
  2. Finely crush the crackers and transfer them to a ziplock bag. Transfer the tofu cubes into the bag as well.
  3. Shake the bag vigorously so that the crushed crackers stick to the tofu cubes.
  4. Once ready, place the tofu on a tray, and the finger food is ready to be served.

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Dinner Finger Foods For Toddlers

17. Vegetable and rice momo

This vegetable and rice momo is made from wheat and rice and filled either with vegetables or meat. 

You will need:

  • 3 cups boiled of rice
  • 4-5 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped beans
  • 1 cup peas

How to:

  1. Steam the vegetable so that they are completely tender. In a separate vessel, cook rice.
  2. Add water to the wheat flour and make dough with it.
  3. Flatten out a small piece of dough, add some boiled rice, and boiled vegetables. Roll the dough in the shape of a momo.
  4. Place the momo on a steaming grill and cook for 5-6 minutes. To keep the momo extra moist, you can stream them directly in shallow water for 5 minutes.
  5. Let the momo cool sufficiently so that the rice and vegetables also cool inside. Once, cooled, this fun finger food for toddlers is ready to be served.

18. Baked cauliflower

Cauliflower is healthy and necessary in the diet of toddlers. It is a good vegetarian finger food option.

You will need:

  • 1 cup thin-sliced cauliflower pieces
  • 1/2 cup refined wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to:

  1. The cauliflower should be cut into thin slices. Use only the white section and not the leaves and stalk.
  2. Combine the two types of wheat flour, cornflour, garlic paste, and salt with water. Mix them to make a thick batter.
  3. Dip the cauliflower slices in the batter, and bake them until they turn light brown.

19. Applesauce chicken loaf

A tasty chicken finger food that is filling and great for picky toddlers.

You will need:

  • 4 cups ground chicken
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup pureed carrots
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water as per requirement

How to:

  1. Transfer all the ingredients except olive oil in to a large bowl and mix them well. Make a thick batter and use a bit of water for some dilution.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (176ºC). Grease a loaf pan with olive oil and transfer the batter. Bake for 45 minutes.
  3. Once ready, remove the loaf from the pan and cut it into thin slices. Cut the slices further into small tiny cubes and serve to the toddler.

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20. Broccoli and cheese cutlet

One of the best combinations is cheese and broccoli in this delicious veggie finger food recipe for the toddler.

You will need:

  • 2 cups finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup toddler cereal
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1.5 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Put all the ingredients except vegetable oil in a large bowl and mix them well. Add extra refined wheat flour to thicken the mix if required.
  2. Shape the batter in the shape of a cutlet. Add a few spoons of oil in a pan and toast the cutlets until they develop a brown crust all around.
  3. Let the cutlet cool enough before serving it to your toddler.

21. Carrot and wheat sticks

Prepare a nutritious carrot and wheat sticks for dinnertime for your preschooler.

You will need:

  • 1 cup long-sliced carrots
  • 3 cups of wheat flour
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

How to:

  1. Mix water and wheat flour to make a dough.
  2. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough and then cut small sections of it. Roll a slice of carrot in the dough so that it entirely covers the carrot.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (176ºC). Grease the baking tray with the oil and place the dough-rolled carrots on it.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Bake up to an hour if you want to make the slices more crispy.
  5. Once baked, let the slices cool, and they are ready to serve.

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