Is your baby ready for finger foods? These homemade baby finger food recipes and ideas are simple to make, healthy and easy for baby to eat with her fingers.
Try these healthy baby finger food recipes and ideas to encourage your baby to self-feed. Baby finger food does not have to come from a box of cereal or a tube of puffs. Please keep in mind that your baby should only be offered finger foods that are soft, easily mashed and age appropriate. Read our tips and hints for offering your baby finger foods and learn about the developmental readiness needed for your baby to enjoy baby finger foods.
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Baby Finger Food Recipe Ideas – Not your regular finger foods for baby.
Some of these recipes are suitable for babies who are 6-8 months of age and have had the ingredients listed. Please use your judgement when offering your little one finger foods!
Apple Turkey Loaf/Sticks
- 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
Step 1: Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add the egg/yolk, carrots, applesauce, spices, bread crumbs and bran.
Step 3: 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
Step 4: Place mix into a lightly oiled (olive oil) loaf pan and 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
Step 5: 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.
Cook the ground turkey separately, add the other ingredients and puree
Homemade Chicken or Turkey Nuggets (pictured)
- 5 uncooked, thin turkey breast cutlets (you could use a pound of boneless and skinless chicken breasts)
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup wheat germ (raw)
- 1 egg (you may omit the egg if you wish, see directions below)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- spice mix: sage, thyme, pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Step 2: Dice or cut the turkey into small chunks and grind in a food processor.
Step 3: Mix the spices together using equal portions; I always measure my spices in shakes and I used 1 shake of each.
Step 4: Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until nicely combined – If you have decided to not use the egg, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Step 5: Shape mixture into nuggets or logs or anything you please, be sure your hands are moist (dip them into a bowl of water) so that the nuggets will stay together!
Sweet Potato Fries
- 6 medium to large sweet potatoes
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F)
Step 2: Scrub sweet potatoes, clean and/or peel them if baby cannot handle the skins
Step 3: Cut the sweet potatoes into sizes that will suit your needs or, cut into strips that you may then cut down after baking
Step 4: In a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Step 5: To this you may add cinnamon, ginger, a pinch of brown sugar, etc.. (I add cinnamon and sometimes a bit of brown sugar).
Step 6: Toss the cut up sweet potatoes into the bowl and stir so that the potatoes are drenched with the olive oil mix.
Step 7: Dump mixture onto a baking sheet and drizzle the remaining olive oil in the bowl over the potatoes on the baking sheet. Stir and swirl the potatoes on the baking sheet before placing in oven. Bake for approx 30-45minutes or until tender.
The skins may become crispy but the actual potato “meat” will not. They will be a bit mushy like. These will not look or bake up like regular white potato French Fries so don’t be alarmed.
This is the basic way to make sweet potato fries so feel free to improvise as much as you want!
Tofu Finger Cubes
- 1 Package Firm Tofu
- Crushed/Powdered Cereal, Crackers, Granola or Wheat Germ
- Herbs and/or spices if desired
Step 1: Slice tofu into small cubes that are manageable for your baby.
Step 2: Crush up some Cheerios or graham crackers etc and add the spices if using
Step 3: Toss tofu in a Ziploc bag with crushed Cheerios, crushed graham crackers or crushed granola
Step 4: Close bag and toss to thoroughly coat tofu cubes – serve as finger food for snack or as protein source at a meal.
- 1 package firm tofu
- 1/4 cup flour (more or less)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup fine dry bread or cracker crumbs (mixtures are fun)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 dash or a few grinds of pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Step 2: Cut tofu into your favorite configuration (my toddlers like fingers)
Step 3: Spread flour on a small plate or flat dish.
Step 4: Beat egg yolks in a shallow dish.
Step 5: Mix remaining ingredients in shallow dish.
Step 6: Coat each piece of tofu in the flour to cover, then into the egg, then crumbs, and then to the rack.
Step 7: Chilling will help to set the coating, but you can just bake right away.
Step 8: Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until crisp.
Try This! serve with a dipping sauce such as pureed sweet potato or pureed peaches.
Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Nuggets
- 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.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375
Step 2: Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: 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. Be sure to crumble these if your baby needs.
Suitable for those who have had the ingredients and for those who can handle texture and mash foods with their gums. Great for Moms & Dad too.
Banana Pancakes (courtesy of Elaine)
- 1 or 2 ripe bananas (not overly ripe or mushy bananas)
- Pancake Batter (try Hodgson Mills Buckwheat Pancake Mix.)
Step 1: Slice bananas into coins or diagonally
Step 2: Coat with pancake batter
Step 3: Lightly fry in pan until golden brown
Serve as Baby Finger Foods for snack or at breakfast time
HINT: Want to see the banana pancakes up close? Check out our blog post here!
Easy Brazilian Fried Bananas
(you may use plantains as well)
- 1 or 2 bananas
Step 1: Peel a banana and slice it in half; lengthwise.
Step 2: Add 1 tbs of butter to a small frying pan and melt butter.
Step 3: Place banana “inside” side down in butter in the pan.
Step 4: Fry for approx. 5 minutes then turn over gently (bananas get very soft and may break apart)
Step 5: Fry for 5 more minutes until both sides turn a golden brown
Step 6: 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.
10-12 months and up due to possible texture issues – chop and dice if you wish to serve to 8-10 months old babies.
Buy wonton wrappers and fill them with various things:
- Bananas & cream cheese: fill wontons, wrap shut, brush with butter and dust with date sugar.
- Broccoli & cheddar: fill wontons, wrap shut, brush with butter
- Eggplant & ricotta, wrapped and baked as the banana/cream cheese ones above.
Use your imagination and your child’s favorite foods as fillings.
*These may be fried or baked. For those that may not be able to handle harder/rougher textures, these do not need to be cooked until crisp as a typical wonton would. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes YUM…
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Salt and sugar are never needed when making baby food. Omit these items, preferably at ALL times, in your baby’s meals. Other spices such as cinnamon, garlic powder, pepper etc. may be introduced as early as 7 months with your pediatricians consult.
Finger Foods can be any foods that you wish to serve to your baby as long as the foods are age appropriate
Read Grating Foods for Baby for more ideas on how to create baby finger foods.
Did You Know? Your baby does not need teeth to chew. Babies use their gums to mash until their molars appear between 12-18 months of age!