Encourage your little one to feed himself with these delicious and creative infant finger food recipes.
Visit the guide to starting finger foods to learn how to spot when your baby is ready and for some handy tips on getting started.
Alternatively, visit our page about baby led weaning.
Visit first finger foods for a list of safe and nutritious foods to offer your baby.
If any of the ingredients shown in these recipes are new to your baby, it is important to apply the four day rule as you introduce them. This will help you identify and prevent potential food allergies and digestive problems.
Remember: never leave your baby unattended with finger foods – always be alert to the risk of choking.
1/2 small banana
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1-2 tbsp fresh, ripe peach, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1-2 tbsp baby oatmeal/porridge
(or regular oats ground in a food processor)
Soft and ‘squidgy’, this ravioli makes the perfect gummable finger food for tiny diners! You can, of course, substitute the butternut squash filling for another of your baby’s favourite veggies – but we think this recipe looks great and tastes yummy just as it is!
2 oz (1/2 cup) flour (unbleached)
2 oz (1/2 cup) semolina flour
2-3 fl oz (1/3 cup) very warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
around 6 oz (3/4 cup) butternut squash, peeled, cooked and mashed
pinch of sweet paprika (optional)
My son Daniel LOVES this recipe. I started by using the Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe and have now tried lots of different veggies inside the ravioli and he can’t get enough.
He is 11 months old in this picture.
Heather – Ada, Michigan, USA
8 oz (1 cup) ground chicken
1 medium carrot
1 medium apple
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 small onion
1 small egg yolk, beaten
1 oz (1/4 cup) fresh breadcrumbs
pinch crushed, dried thyme
pinch freshly ground black pepper
8 oz (1 cup) frozen broccoli florets
4 oz (1 cup) dry breadcrumbs
6 oz (1 1/2 cups) Cheddar, grated
2 1/2 tbsp water
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 package of firm tofu
4 oz (1 cup) finely crushed cornflakes
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated finely
dash of garlic powder (optional)
egg yolk, beaten well (or milk if you want to avoid eggs)
8 oz (1 cup) lean minced/ground beef
4 oz (1/2 cup) mashed potatoes
2 oz (1/4 cup) softened butter
2 oz (1/4 cup) sugar
1 egg (if your baby is under 1 year, you may prefer to use these egg substitutes)
3 oz (3/8 cup) applesauce (here’s our sugar free applesauce recipe)
4 oz (1 cup) flour
2 tsp baking powder
I used banana instead of egg, whole wheat flour, & homemade applesauce. What a great breakfast and snack! So easy and quick to make! Steven loved them so much he gobbled 2 right up!!!
Cara – Plainfield, IN, USA
These zucchini (or courgette) muffins are the ideal infant finger food for encouraging your little one to eat up his veggies!
2 eggs (if your baby is not yet eating whole eggs, you may prefer to use these egg substitutes)
6 fl oz (3/4 cup) milk – use whole milk, formula or breast milk
5 fl oz oz (2/3 cup) olive oil
4 oz (1 cup) all purpose flour
4 oz (1 cup) whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 medium zucchini (courgette), grated
1 to 2 tsp dried oregano (adjust according to your baby’s taste)
3 tbsp grated Cheddar cheese
Lightly toasted bagels are ideal finger foods for older babies who are comfortably biting and chewing – and this recipe includes honey,making it suitable for babies of AT LEAST 12 months of age (honey should not be given to infants before their first birthday).
12 fl oz (1 and 1/2 cups) water at 100-115 deg F (check with a thermometer as the temperature is important in achieving a good result)
1 package of yeast
1 and 1/2 tbsp honey (see note above)
8 oz (2 cups) whole wheat (wholemeal) flour
8 oz (2 cups) bread flour or all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Combine the water, honey and yeast in a bowl, then allow to stand for 5 mins.
Now it’s time to make the ‘bagel’ shape. There are two ways to do this…
You can roll the ball into a sausage, then join the ends together to form a circle (although we find our bagels sometimes come undone when made this way!)
Push your thumb through the centre of each ball to make the hole, then stretch out the circle to a traditional bagel size (much easier!).
Carefully place the bagels, 2 or 3 at a time, into the boiling water and boil for 4 mins, turning them over after the first 2 mins.
Remove each bagel with a slotted spoon, blot with a paper towel (do this gently – the bagels will be sticky), then place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. When ready to serve, split the bagels, toast them and top with cream cheese… or whatever your baby enjoys!
VARIATION: Try adding raisins and a teaspoon of cinnamon when your stir in the flour (soak the raisins in apple juice first to soften them).
Sweet Potato and Apple Pancakes
Sugar free and made with mixed whole grains!
Homemade whole wheat bread recipe
Baked fluffy eggs recipe – a fun finger food