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15 Finger Foods for Toddlers


Toddlers learn to be adventurous eaters with lots of opportunities to explore and experiment with food! Watch them learn and grow with these 15 healthy finger foods for toddlers.

Toddlers love to eat! And exploring new foods by picking them up, turning them over, and tasting them is an important part of the process of learning to eat. We strive to serve toddlers foods that are:

  • Full of whole food nutrition
  • Safe to chew
  • Varied, so toddlers have many opportunities to enjoy new foods.
  • Simple to prep!

This list provides fresh options to try with your little one so they can safely pick up, taste, and explore nutrient-dense solid foods. Enjoy!

15 Finger Foods for Toddlers

Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Cakes

colorful quinoa and vegetable patties for toddlers

These whole grain cakes are packed with veggies and protein and are fun for toddlers to help make and eat!

Sweet and Salty Butternut Fries

a basket of butternut squash fries with a ramekin of ketchup

Easy-to-hold squash fries are super tender and naturally sweet without any added sugars.

Power Packed Fruit and Veggie Muffins

many healthy mini muffins cooling on a rack

Your toddler will love these baby-sized muffins made with three different veggies and two fruits!

Toddler-Perfect Chicken Nuggets

close up chicken nuggets in fun shapes

Cooked and ground chicken makes these nuggets easy for toddlers to chew. Make them into any fun shape you like!

Cheesy Broccoli Bites

stack of broccoli fritters on plates

Toddlers love these cheesy patties that feature nutritious broccoli as the main ingredient!

Fruit-Sweetened Oat Cookies

oat cookies cooling on a rack and plate

These whole grain cookies are sweetened with mashed bananas and raisins, and they’re nutritious enough to serve for breakfast!

Butternut Squash Souffle Bites

cute mini souffles with plastic food picks

Super simple Souffle Bites use egg and vitamin-rich butternut squash to make a grain-free muffin that’s tender and easy for toddlers to eat.

Green Bean Fries

roasted green beans in a paper cup

Did you know you can turn green beans into French fries?! These panko-coated roasted beans are a delight for toddlers to hold and taste.

Homemade Goldfish Crackers

Our remake of this classic toddler food uses all whole grains and real fresh cheese to make the best-tasting homemade goldfish crackers.

Fruity Nut ‘n’ Honey Energy Bites

cheerio energy balls with pumpkin seeds on a plate

Serve these bites to toddlers who can handle a bit of texture. Crispy kid-friendly Cheerios combine with pumpkin seeds and naturally sweet dried fruit for a whole food energy boost.

Breakfast Egg Bars

Simple egg bars feature broccoli and cheese and can be cut into any size or shape for your toddler. Try long strips or mini bites!

Homemade Wheat Thins

Fresh whole grain crackers are easy to make and taste so fresh!

Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Quesadillas let toddlers practice picking up and eating sandwich-shaped foods… without having to handle the bulk of an actual sandwich. These quesadillas are stuffed with healthy ingredients like sweet potatoes and black beans.

Portable Pancake Pockets

finger food pancakes with fruit inside

Serve fruity pancakes without a mess! These pancake pockets have fresh fruit cooked right inside for a hand-held treat.

Veggie Snack Nuggets

Veggie Snack Nuggets are filling, fun, and made with familiar veggies that toddlers are likely to accept.

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Children especially at their toddler stage are very hard to feed, because they have time in playing than in food. So to be able to make them be excited in meal time, preparing colorful and attractive food will make them interested. Thus, bite size cheese or fruits food that are healthy.new health products

Love these ideas- they make food so fun for toddler! Particularly great when toddlers can get engaged in the preparations. The American Academy of Pediatricians raised the age of whole grapes (& other choking hazards like hot dogs) to 5 so that one would be better on a list for older children. It does sound delicious!