16 Yummy Finger Foods for Toddlers

Self-feeding is not only fun for your toddler, but also, a great way to help him develop fine motor skills and self-dependence.

As soon as your kid graduates from the infanthood to the toddlerhood it becomes more imperative to help him develop some certain skills set to make life easier for him and you as the mama. Skills set like; self-dressing, potty training, proper sleeping habit, self-feeding amongst others.

Self-feeding plays a huge role in a baby’s development, as it encourages him to explore several kinds of foods, thereby, developing his sense of touch, taste, sight, and smell.

Curious about where to start your toddler self-feeding journey?

A proven way to teach your baby self-feeding is by introducing finger foods to him.

I have compiled a wonderful list of yummy finger foods for a toddler.

  • Carrot, Apple & Oat Breakfast Cookies

I can't just imagine how difficult it will be, trying to make a picky eater self-feed. With mixture of carrot, apple and veggies, Ciara was able to come up with this recipe which her fussy eater fell in love with.

The cookies are also packed full of grated carrot and apple, making them a great way to sneak in some fruits and veggies for picky eaters! They are sweetened with honey and a ripe mashed banana. The chocolate chips are of course optional so please feel free to leave these out if you wish.

Carrot, Apple & Oat Breakfast Cookies


Total Fat 4.5g |  Sodium 23.7mg | Total Carbohydrate 19g |  Protein 2.7g

  • Apple Banana and Carrot Muffin

Stacey made this finger snack without sugar or sweetener, instead the baby led weaning muffin derives it sweetness from apple banana and carrot.

These apple carrot and banana muffins are the perfect baby led weaning muffins. They are soft and spongy, easy to make and contain no sugar or salt. Making them the perfect first muffin for babies.

Apple Banana and Carrot Muffin


Total Fat 4.5g |  Sodium 23.7mg | Total Carbohydrate 19g |  Protein 2.7g

  • “Fried” Chicken Fingers

One very creative way you can bake your chicken and make it look fried. Not only appealing but also yummy, your tot wont stop until the bowl is empty.

You don't have to feel guilty about these tender chicken fingers. They've got the satisfying flavour of fried, but are baked in the oven.

“Fried” Chicken Fingers


Calories 431 | Protein 57 G | Carbohydrates 34 G | Fat 6 G | Fibre 1 G | Sodium 682 Mg

  • Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Mexican cupcakes packed with lot of ingredients, this finger recipe will help your tot develop some sorting skills.

Wonton wrappers make for perfectly sized pasta squares that can be layered in muffin tins with taco meat, beans, cheese, and crushed chips.

Double Decker Taco Cupcakes


  • Antipasti Pizza

” To add more flavor and flair to these mini pizzas, top them with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, or salami after baking

Antipasti Pizza


  • Antipasti Pizza

Awesome finger chips recipes perfectly fit for self-feeding begniners

Cut into small pieces and coated in crispy panko, mild white fish might just work as a stand-in for chicken fingers.

Classic Fish and Chips


Calories 463 | Protein 42 G | Carbohydrates 47 G | Fat 11 G | Fibre 4 G | Sodium 189 Mg

  • Chocolate-Pretzel Granola Bars

It takes less than an hour to get the recipe ready and it can be refrigerated to be served again and again

Sure, you could keep buying granola bars. But with this seriously simple, sweet-salty recipe, why would you?

Chocolate-Pretzel Granola Bars


Calories 109 | Protein 2 G | Carbohydrates 16 G | Fat 5 G | Fibre 1 G | Sodium 51 Mg

  • zesty chipotle black bean cakes

I came up with Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes as a healthy appetizer for all of you to try. If you’re thinking, “Meghan, will everyone like this?” I’d answer, “Yes! Of course!!”

Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes


Calories 109 | Protein 2 G | Carbohydrates 16 G | Fat 5 G | Fibre 1 G | Sodium 51 Mg

  • Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

Sweet potatoes appetizer recipes not only a perfect finger food for toddlers also great for the whole family for a game day.

The recipe has a few simple ingredients and spices that, while separately delicious, truly have been meant to be together all along: avocado, bacon, and sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon


Calories: 31 | Total Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 52mg | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 1g

  • Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

A very creative way to make delicious muffin out of mac and cheese. Super Super Snack recipes

These are made of items you probably have on hand. Leftover mac and cheese, diced ham, bread crumbs, and eggs...and they go together in a flash. They're great for both lunch boxes and after school snacks..

Ham and Mac and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins


  • Red Velvet Pancakes With Banana Nice Cream

Creamy yummy. I can tell from experience you sure need to make more than enough so you and your kids don't have to wrestle over it. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you – The Red Velvet Pancake! A blend of softly roasted beetroot, vanilla and yumminess and the best part (so my children told me) was the banana and coconut ice cream. So creamy, so healthy and so yum!

Red Velvet Pancakes With Banana Nice Cream


  • Veggie Pizza Roll Ups

Super simple finger pizza recipe to build the veggie out of  your toddler

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved in making. Set them up at the kitchen table with the pastry base and they can help with spreading on the sauce and adding all the toppings.

Veggie Pizza Roll Ups


Total Fat 20.2g | Saturated Fat 4.7g | Sodium 194.6mg | Total Carbohydrate 20.1g | Dietary Fiber 1g | Sugars 0.7g  | Protein 6.8g

  • Quinoa beef meatballs recipe

Another picky eater finger recipe, very easy to make, perfect for school lunch and dinner time.

 They are Super Easy to prepare. The concept is very basic: trow all the ingredients in a bowl + mix + create tiny balls with your hands + bake. And even if the balls are not perfectly round…that’s fine

Quinoa beef meatballs recipe


Total Fat 20.2g | Saturated Fat 4.7g | Sodium 194.6mg | Total Carbohydrate 20.1g | Dietary Fiber 1g | Sugars 0.7g  | Protein 6.8g

  • Mini Cranberry Orange Bites

These cranberry orange bites take two of my favorite things – store-bought crescent roll dough and cranberry orange – and make a delicious appetizer or sweet treat that’s perfect for any upcoming holiday parties. Or a baby shower. Or a brunch.

Mini Cranberry Orange Bites


  • Pea & Sweetcorn Fritters

Easy and yummy finger recipe, can be made in less than 30 mins just by combining few ingredients.

 For lunch I serve these with some greek yogurt or creme fraiche for dipping. If we’re having them for tea then they taste really good with a poached egg on top.

Pea & Sweetcorn Fritters


Calories Per Serving: 168 | Total Fat 2.5g | Saturated Fat 1g | Sodium 88mg | Total Carbohydrate 29.9g | Dietary Fiber 2.5g | Sugars 3.6g | Protein 6.9g

  • Roasted Carrots And Mushrooms With Thyme

 Cooked carrots don’t get much respect, but I promise that these Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms with Thyme are amazing, and these delicious carrots are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly.

Roasted Carrots And Mushrooms With Thyme


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