Friday, 1 July 2016

WEANING: 45 Finger Food Ideas


Thinking of different finger foods can be a laborious task, so to make your life easier I've put together 45 of our top baby friendly fresh finger foods! Some of the recipes I've already featured here on my blog, other's will be coming soon and some I didn't feel deserved a post by themselves so I've written the recipe in this post. I just thought it would be easier to have all of the finger food recipes in one place - there'll also be a pudding, main meals and breakfast version of this post coming soon too. Plenty of inspiration for your little one to enjoy!


1) Banana, apple, carrot and bran muffins - see recipe here
2) Pumpkin mini muffins
 
3) Cornflake coated risotto sticks - see recipe here
 
4) Broccoli, Tomato and Cheese Mini Muffins - see recipe here
 
5) Tinned Mackerel in tomato sauce on crumpets
6) Homemade oven baked Falafel - see recipe here
7) Pitta Bread with Homemade Hummus - see recipe here
8) Fruit
 
9) Bagel with cottage cheese
 
10) Avocado on unsalted rice cakes
11) Homemade Fruit and Nut Bars - see recipe here
12) Breadsticks
13) Homemade Baked Sweet Potato 'Chips' - sliced sweet potato drizzled with olive oil and baked for 20-30 minutes.
14) Eggy Bread - soak slices of bread in beaten egg, fry in butter on both sides until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with a fruit puree or yoghurt. 
15) Finger Sandwiches with cream cheese
16) Omelette - This one is broccoli and cheese but you could use any toppings your child likes.
17) Cheesy Corn Fritters - see recipe here
18) Homemade Fish Fingers - recipe coming soon
19) Cheesey Pastry Shapes - Puff pastry shapes spread with full fat milk, sprinkled with cheese and baked for 20-25 minutes.
20) Sweet potato, leek and lentil pancakes - recipe coming soon
21) Homemade Tortilla Pizza Triangles - spread a tortilla wrap with tomato puree and sprinkle with milk cheddar cheese. Bake for 5-8 minutes.
22) Homemade Fish Cakes - mix mashed potato, flaked cooked white fish (I boiled cod fillets in milk until cooked and flaked it), peas, chopped fresh mint and egg together. Shape into fishcakes and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side. 
23) Homemade apple and apricot flapjack - see recipe here
24) Frittata  - Fry cooked broccoli, potatoes and peas into a small frying pan. Pour over beaten egg and cook for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with grated mild cheese and place under the grill until top is golden brown and cooked through.
25) Sweet potato, leek and lentil crispy sticks - mix cooked sweet potato, carrots, leeks, lentils, grated cheese, herbs, wholemeal plain flour and egg together. Shape into sticks, dip in beaten egg and then polenta. Bake for 30 minutes at 190'C.
26) Banana, Oat and Raisin Bites - see recipe here
27) Sweet potato and goats cheese pizza - Warburtons wrap spread with tomato puree, sprinkled with oregano, sliced goats cheese and sweet potato (that's been cubed and microwaved for 7 minutes). Bake for 5 minutes and cut into strips.

28) Courgette and Cheddar Cheese Bites - see recipe here
 
29) Carrot and Thyme Savoury Flapjacks - recipe coming soon
30) Crispy coated courgette - Cut courgette into batons. Dip into beaten egg and then polenta mixed with cheese and herbs. Bake for 30 minutes at 190'C.
31) Tuna, yogurt/mayonnaise and cucumber wrap 
32) Raw vegetable sticks with homemade hummus - see recipe here
33) Homemade pizza bites - homemade pizza dough spread with tomato puree and mozzarella.
34) Homemade teething biscuits - 2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 egg and 4 tbsp thick fruit puree kneaded together. Mould into rectangles, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 180'C for 30-40 minutes.
35) Carrot, cumin and coriander muffins - see recipe here
36) Grilled asparagus 
37) Peanut butter on sunflower seed rye bread
 
38) Paprika potato wedges - sprinkle paprika over sliced potato wedges that have been coated in olive oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
 
39) Vegetable and Cheese Rolls - recipe coming soon
40) Cinnamon and ginger apple wedges - fry slices of apple sprinkled with cinnamon in butter.
41) Vegetable and quinoa burgers - see recipe here.
42) Quinoa and broccoli cheesy bites - recipe coming soon
43) Cheese and Tomato Mash Potato Bites - recipe coming soon
44) Hidden vegetable pork and apple rolls - recipe coming soon

45) Popcorn - heat 1 tsp coconut oil in a saucepan, add a handful of popcorn kernels, place on the lid and shake. Cook on a medium heat, shaking every now and again, until the kernels start popping. Leave on the heat until the majority of the popping has stopped and take off the heat. Leave to cool, then sprinkle with cinnamon (or any topping your little one will enjoy).

What's your little ones favourite finger food?


Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x

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13 comments

  1. Fantastic list! We are just starting on the weeaning journey! xx
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  2. Such a great list. I am always stuck for ideas because my little girl is so picky. I am going to have to save this and take some recipes from it. #thelist

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  3. This post has come at the perfect time. Now Jenson is 13 mon the I've been worried I'm not doing enough for him at mealtimes - Weetabix or baby porridge for breakfast, a handful of Organix finger food and a smoothie or yoghurt for lunch and an Ella's Kitchen meal for tea. I love how your posts remind me that it's actually quick and easy to give him something fresh - and which he can actually manage. He's got ten teeth broken through now and I forget how capable he really is. Thanks! :)

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  4. This post has come at the perfect time. Now Jenson is 13 mon the I've been worried I'm not doing enough for him at mealtimes - Weetabix or baby porridge for breakfast, a handful of Organix finger food and a smoothie or yoghurt for lunch and an Ella's Kitchen meal for tea. I love how your posts remind me that it's actually quick and easy to give him something fresh - and which he can actually manage. He's got ten teeth broken through now and I forget how capable he really is. Thanks! :)

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  5. These are all fantastic! Can't wait to try - especially the risotto sticks and falafel :-D #thelist

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  6. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Can't wait for that flap jack recipe, they look great! I've been really slack on cooking different foods for maddie lately so this helps a lot!

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  7. These all look great! My 17mo eats LOADS and I struggle to get her to eat savoury snacks. Now might be a great time to try some savoury muffins again because some if your recipes have sweeter ingredients. The courgette and cheese bites sound lovely and so simple. I must try the eggy bread too. Thanks for sharing! #thelist

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  8. Just looked at this post and thought Pinterest gold! Pinnning now!!! Thanks for linking up to #thelist x

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  9. I fancy some of these myself! Brilliant ideas lovely. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  10. These look amazing! I've bookmarked this to try some! #DreamTeam

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  11. Wow there is so much to choose from! You must be a fab cook. I'm very impressed and it's made me feel peckish! #dreamteam

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  12. This is fantastic, thank you for sharing! I am a bit hopeless with finger food and need this in a big way so bookmarking...my little one particularly likes risotto so the risotto sticks would be fab. Also the muffins are always a winner in our house. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam hope to see you next time too! xx

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  13. This is fantastic, thank you for sharing! I am a bit hopeless with finger food and need this in a big way so bookmarking...my little one particularly likes risotto so the risotto sticks would be fab. Also the muffins are always a winner in our house. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam hope to see you next time too! xx

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