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60+ Healthy, Homemade Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers


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One of the questions I face daily as a toddler-mom is, what to offer him as a snack. Though N has been completely on family meals since he was around 9 months old, he tends to eat 2-3 mini meals in between and I am always scouting for ideas for something tasty yet wholesome to whip up for him. Though I let him indulge in store-bought goodies once in a way, I would much rather offer something homemade on a daily basis. So here is my list of 60+ healthy, tasty, homemade finger food ideas for toddlers.

These finger foods are also a convenient, mess-free option while packing a snack for preschool, daycare or while travelling.

Also read: Introducing Solids: How We Transitioned Baby to Family Food by 9 Months

 

60+ Healthy, Homemade Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers | Baby & Beyond

60+ Healthy, Homemade Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers | Baby & Beyond

 

Fruits:

(cut into slices or bite sizes)

  • Watermelon
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Seedless grapes sliced in half
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Melon
  • Avocado
  • Pomegranate
  • Strawberries sliced in half
Also read: How I Got My Kid Interested in Eating Healthy Food

 

Vegetables:

  • Steamed carrot
  • Cucumber sticks or rounds
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Boiled peas
  • Boiled corn
  • Boiled beetroot rounds
  • French fries (you can roast them in the oven or pan fry instead of deep frying for a healthier version)
  • Sweet potato french fries
  • Mix veg tikkis (my favourite way to sneak some more broccoli and beetroot into my toddler’s diet)
Tikkis are my favourite way to sneak in more veggies / meat

Tikkis are my favourite way to sneak in more veggies / meat / paneer into the diet

Also read: How I Encouraged my Baby to Start Self-Feeding

 

Legumes:

  • Boiled black eyed peas
  • Hummus with pita bread bites

 

Dairy:

  • Grilled paneer cubes
  • Paneer tikki
  • Paneer cheese croquettes
Paneer cheese or mixed veg croquettes

Paneer cheese or mixed veg croquettes

 

Egg:

  • Boiled egg bites
  • Omelette cut into bite size pieces
  • French toast
  • Egg muffins
Boiled egg

Boiled egg

 

Grains:

  • Chapati
  • Paratha (try a variety of parathas stuffed with vegetables, cheese, paneer, daal etc.)
  • Dosa
  • Ragi dosa
  • Oats dosa
  • Oats tikki
  • Idli
  • Mini uttapam

 

Nuts, seeds & dry fruits:

  • Raisins
  • Seedless dates
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Fig
  • Cashews
  • Shelled pistachios
  • Roasted makhana
Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruits

Mixed nuts, seeds and dry fruits

 

Meat:

  • Minced meat tikkis
  • Meatballs
  • Fish fingers

 

Bread-based:

  • Cheese sandwich
  • Hummus sandwich (tasty and healthy alternative to store-bought butter or cheese spread)
  • Cheese and boiled potato masala grilled sandwich (I add onion and tomato)
  • Cream cheese / mayo with shredded vegetables (carrot, cucumber, beetroot)
  • Cream cheese / mayo with shredded boiled chicken
  • Grilled sandwich with white sauce, spinach and corn
  • Scrambled egg sandwich
  • Boiled egg sandwich
  • Mini pizza
Mini pizza slices topped with veggies

Mini pizza slices topped with veggies

For the sweet tooth:

(all the below are sugar-free!)

  • Banana and oats cookies
  • Pancakes (I add whole wheat flour or atta and ragi to make it a healthier version)
  • Apple, banana and date muffins

 

This is actually a very small list and you can come up with endless variations of these as per your child’s taste. What is your child’s favourite finger food? Do share in the comments section below.

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Comments
  1. Shubhreet said on November 1, 2018 3:25 pm:

    Mahak, I am bookmarking this list. Karma is such a fussy eater and honestly, I run out of ideas for snacks and meals for her. While going through the list, I saw quite a few things that she might eat as snacks so I’m saving it. Really helpful.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on November 1, 2018 3:26 pm:

      Glad to know you found it useful Shubhs!

  2. Ruchi Verma said on November 2, 2018 6:09 am:

    Now this is I call perfect list of food items we should give kids …each one is healthy yet yummy

  3. Deborah Miranda said on November 2, 2018 11:56 am:

    Wow.. i think this is such a perfect guide for those new moms who have no clue how to manage cranky hungry kids who are too fussy with food. Its amazing how happy children can get with just a little variety in their meals.

  4. Sayeri said on November 3, 2018 6:11 pm:

    I have observed that kids love to eat finger sized foods. 60 plus! OMG its huge. Its not easy to get such list. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  5. snehalata jain said on November 3, 2018 6:28 pm:

    its healthy and yummy too i wud definetly try at home. but my daughter is not that cranky and hence she eats properly

  6. Princy Khurana said on November 3, 2018 8:33 pm:

    wow, that an awesome list of finger foods that can be given to babies and toddlers. also can be givem as snacks for older kids

  7. Neha Jain said on November 3, 2018 9:21 pm:

    Wow this is really very helpful list for every mum you are struggling with what to give as finger foods and sharing this with all my new mummy friends

  8. Pragnya Mishra said on November 3, 2018 9:43 pm:

    This is a complete guide for finger food ideas. I got few ideas too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Roma said on November 3, 2018 9:52 pm:

    60, unbelievable, I mean such an exhaustive list buddy enriches a mother with so many choices ❤️

  10. Deepa Rudraksha Jaisingh said on November 4, 2018 11:58 am:

    Such a hit list, i keep thinking what to give my kid and now this is going in my bookmarks

  11. Neha Tambe said on November 4, 2018 2:25 pm:

    This is a handy list to have. Though my kids are old they enjoy finger foods and I try experimenting with different options

  12. Ashvini Naik said on November 4, 2018 6:36 pm:

    This list is do well planned & elucidated by a fantastic mom!

    These are on my food list as well & since I started all of them at a very early age for my daughter, touch wood, she loves them like crazy.

  13. Nayantara Hegde said on November 4, 2018 8:27 pm:

    An exhaustive list.. most times i’m in situations where I cannot think of what to serve. This list gave me lots of ideas.

  14. Charu said on November 4, 2018 11:07 pm:

    Great post. These are regular items easily available at home but most of the times, it just doesn’t click what to serve kids. A handy list like this always helps. I am going to bookmark this post.

  15. NEHA JAIN said on November 12, 2018 6:12 pm:

    Oh, we all mums needed this. Very helpful. Thanks for sharing this.