21 Healthy Finger Foods For Toddlers

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According to the Cambridge English dictionary, finger foods are foods only eaten with your fingers instead of cutlery. Since this is how toddlers consume food when they’re seven or eight months old, finger foods for toddlers can help them develop independent eating habits.

However, before offering them any finger foods, quick snacks, on-the-go snacks, or mini snacks, you should find out which finger foods toddlers can eat. Moreover, along with the taste of the food, you should examine the nutritional value.

Read this post to learn about some nutritious and simple toddler finger food recipes you could make for your little ones for each mealtime.

In This Article

What Are Some Popular Finger Food Ideas For Toddlers?

Toddlers can eat solid foods that they are not allergic to. Here are some finger food ideas (from various food groups, including fruits and vegetables) that would suit your toddlers’ palate.

  1. Vegetables are the leading finger food choices for toddlers, as they provide several vitamins and minerals essential for a toddler’s growth and development (1). Your toddler can have finely-chopped, boiled, or steamed vegetables.
  1. Fruits are rich in micronutrients and dietary fiber that are vital for healthy immunity and overall health of the baby (2). Pulpy fruits such as banana, papaya, and mango can be mashed and fed raw. Fruits with a harder pulp, such as apples and pears, may have to be steamed to soften them. However, older toddlers can have these raw fruits as finger foods when chopped into smaller pieces.
  1. Meat is a source of protein and other essential nutrients, such as zinc and iron (3). You can feed your toddler chicken, red meat, or turkey. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the body absorbs two to three times more iron from animal foods (heme foods) than from plant sources (non-heme foods). If you feed your toddler animal foods like meat, prefer boneless varieties as it would be easier for the toddler to eat and digest.
  1. Fish like salmon and herring are a source of vitamin-E and DHA. They are also considered to be among the best protein-rich snacks or foods. Both these vital nutrients are important for the brain and cognitive development of the toddler (4).
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Avoid fish such as swordfish, king mackerel, shark or marlin as they are high in mercury and may be harmful for the little one (10).
  1.  Eggs contain minerals (like iron) and vitamins (like vitamin D). They have the highest biological value and all the essential amino acids. Eggs also have bioactive compounds such as lutein, which strengthen immunity and help fight diseases (5).
  1. Cereals can be made from grains such as rice, wheat, and oats. Choose whole-grain cereals over processed ones as whole grains are rich in fiber, iron, and minerals (6). Also, only choose unsweetened and preservative-free versions of cereals.
  1. Nuts are rich in micronutrients that play a significant role in a healthy metabolism, which is vital for toddlers (7). Nuts are a good source of vitamin-E, polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids, and proteins that a toddler needs in the phase of rapid growth and development. You can add nuts to your toddler’s diet by crushing or powdering the nuts into tiny pieces and mixing them with other foods so that they can be easily ingested. The powder can be added to recipes to thicken their consistency and increase the nutritional value. Additionally, you can make dips and spreads including nuts and serve them with bite-sized snacks, party foods, or appetizers.

You can combine the above foods in several ways to make exciting toddler finger foods. Furthermore, below are some no-cook recipes for your little one that can double as non-messy snacks or healthy treats. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Note: Be cautious of allergic reactions as the chances of cross-reactivities increase when an array of foods are introduced to the baby (8). Also, introduce only one new food at a time.

21 Toddler Finger Food Recipes

We have divided the toddler finger food recipes into five categories, so that they are suitable for all the meals of the day.

Breakfast Finger Foods For Toddlers

1. Oats and Apple Pancake with Yogurt

Oats and apple pancake with yogurt finger foods for toddlers

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Pancakes are soft and have an easy to chew texture, which makes them an ideal choice of finger food for breakfast. Adding fruit and yogurt to this recipe can increase its nutritional value.

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 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.

2. Cereal and nut bites

Cereal and nut bites finger foods for toddlers

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A healthy mix of cereal and nuts with the sweetness of dates makes this dish a delightful breakfast finger food for the toddler.

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.
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Chop the almonds finely as bigger pieces are potential choking hazards for your toddler (11).

3. Honey toast sandwich

Honey toast sandwich finger foods for toddlers

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Honey in combination with toasted whole wheat bread makes a delicious mix, thanks to the naturally sweet flavor of honey.

Note: Do not give honey to children below the age of one year (9).

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.

This is one of the best low sugar snacks for your little one.

4. Oats and bananas muffin

Oats and bananas muffin finger foods for toddlers

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It is a fiber-rich muffin made from oats and bananas.

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.

5. Scrambled eggs with vegetables

Scrambled eggs with breadcrumbs finger foods for toddlers

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A scrambled egg makes an ideal finger food for toddlers as it is easy to make, and have too! You can bump up its nutritional value by adding crumbs of whole wheat bread.

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 eggs 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.
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This recipe can be an excellent way to sneak in vegetables that your toddler may usually dislike, for example, broccoli.

Lunchtime Finger Foods For Toddlers

6. Rice and chicken nugget

Rice and chicken nugget finger foods for toddlers

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A chicken recipe for toddlers with the goodness of rice makes it an 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.

These nuggets are one of the popular crunchy snacks you can try for your little one.

7. Potato and peas cutlet

Wheat and peas cutlet finger foods for toddlers

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This vegetarian finger food recipe for toddlers is easy to prepare and convenient 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.

8. Mashed potato rolls

Mashed potato rolls finger foods for toddlers

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Wheat and potatoes make this recipe nutritious. The rich carbohydrate content makes it an ideal finger food for active toddlers in daycare, where they indulge in a lot of outdoor play that demands extra energy.

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

Spinach, cheese, and rice rolls finger foods for toddlers

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Spinach, cheese, and rice, all rolled up together in this delicious finger food suitable for toddler’s lunchtime is packed with nutrition.

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 finger foods for toddlers

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This is a protein-rich finger food with the added nourishment of wheat.

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.

Evening Snack Finger Foods For Toddlers

11. Baked sweet potato sticks

Baked sweet potato sticks finger foods for toddlers

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If you are exploring ideas to make finger foods for a toddler’s birthday party, then check this recipe out. It is a simple dish for toddlers that you can prepare quickly and easily. It is sweet and nutritious too!

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.

Kate, a trained primary school teacher, shares how her son, Freddie, a preschooler, refused to eat sweet potatoes in any other form but as chips. She says, “Sweet potato has been a food that until I made these chips, Freddie rejected without fail every time I served it – steamed, mashed, with cheese in it, it didn’t matter; he just seemed to really dislike it, and struggled to even have a taste (i).” Freddie enjoyed the oven-roasted sweet potato chips. Presenting a dish that children dislike in a different form may actually work, and the children might enjoy eating it.

12. Assorted fruit salad

Assorted fruit salad finger foods for toddlers

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This is perhaps the simplest toddler finger food idea to satisfy the preschooler’s hunger pangs in the evening. Since it is an all-fruit recipe, it provides nutrition too.

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.

This is among the most tried baby-friendly snacks including the required nutrition for your tiny tot.

13. Egg and vegetable muffin

Egg and vegetable muffin finger foods for toddlers

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Combine the goodness of eggs with that of milk and vegetables in this delicious finger food snack for the toddler.

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.

14. Baked apples with lime

Boiled apples with lime finger foods for toddlers

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This finger food dish is easy to prepare, yet healthy enough 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

Minced chicken finger sandwiches finger foods for toddlers

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A simple sandwich recipe for toddlers, it 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 finger foods for toddlers

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This is an easy finger food recipes for toddlers and can be prepared in a few minutes.

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.

Dinner Finger Foods For Toddlers

17. Vegetable and rice momo

Vegetable and rice momo finger foods for toddlers

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Momos are dumplings made from wheat and rice and filled either with vegetables or meat. It makes an excellent finger snack for toddlers owing to its soft and easy-to-chew consistency.

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 steam 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 fries finger foods for toddlers

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Cauliflower is a good vegetarian finger food option. Make this in combination with wheat flour, corn, and garlic.

You will need:

  • 1 cup thin-sliced cauliflower pieces
  • 1/2 cup refined wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 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, corn flour, 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.
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Sprinkle a small pinch of nutmeg powder on the finished dish for extra flavor

19. Applesauce chicken loaf

Applesauce chicken loaf finger foods for toddlers

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A delicious chicken finger food that is filling and excellent for picky toddlers who would love to have something unique every time.

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.

20. Broccoli and cheese cutlet

Broccoli and cheese cutlet finger foods for toddlers

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Cheese and broccoli make a great combination 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

Carrot and wheat sticks finger foods for toddlers

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Blend carrot and wheat to make a nutritious dinnertime finger food 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What finger foods can help with my toddler’s picky eating habits?

Rolls, sandwiches, meatballs, muffins, and cutlets are dishes where you may sneak in healthy vegetables, fish, or lean meat, which a picky eater may not eat otherwise.

2. How can I encourage my toddler to try new finger foods and develop a varied palate?

Tips to encourage toddlers to try new foods may include pairing the new food with something familiar, making others eat the same food in front of them, introducing new foods at snack time, and providing various dishes containing that food item (12).

3. How can I incorporate different textures and flavors into my toddler’s finger food repertoire?

You may offer fruits of different textures, such as grapes (smooth), banana (slimy), strawberries (rough), and apples (crunchy), and other foods, such as ground meat (crumbly), crackers (crunchy), or bread (soft and smooth).

4. Can you suggest finger foods that are good for my toddler’s dental health?

Cheese, milk, yogurt, tofu, leafy greens, and almonds are good sources of calcium, while meat, poultry, fish, milk, and eggs are the best sources of phosphorus and calcium. These finger foods may support your toddler’s dental health (13).

Introducing some nutritious yet scrumptious finger foods for toddlers can help you give them adequate nourishment while also satiating their taste buds. Pick an age-appropriate and healthy finger food such as fruit and oats muffins, or customize your recipe with a blend of vegetables and cereals to make the most-loved food for your toddler’s meal or snack time. Select the best and easy-to-make toddler finger foods recipe from our diverse list. Although your little one will surely enjoy these finger foods, do not be surprised if you find them asking for more!

Infographic: What Are Some Popular Finger Food Ideas For Toddlers?

Finger foods are a great option for toddlers because they allow them to feed themselves and explore new textures and flavors. By engaging with your child and encouraging them to try new foods, you can help them develop a love for healthy and delicious items. For a list of easy finger food ideas for toddlers, read the following infographic.

easy finger food ideas for toddlers (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • Finger foods are eaten without cutlery and should be introduced to children once they can consume solids.
  • Finger foods can include fruits, vegetables, meat, and cereal, and provide essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and iron.
  • Finger foods can aid in cognitive development and metabolism.
  • Customize finger food recipes with a blend of vegetables and meat to provide your child with the necessary nutrition.
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Reda Elmardi is a registered dietician, certified nutritionist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist trainer. The 32-year-old is a certified nutritionist from the UNC's Online MPH with Nutrition concentration, and has around ten years of experience. Reda has been an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Trainer since 2015 and owns thegymgoat.com. He shares sports nutrition tips and gives guidance...read full bio