As a health conscious Mom, I know that even your picnic basket is filled to the brim with finger food meant to fuel your growing babe’s nutritional needs. I also know that fruit salad and carrot sticks can become a little…boring.
I’ve created a list of tried and true recipes all perfectly suited for your day at the park —and your baby’s taste buds! These are easily carried and stored, finger food friendly, and Baby Led Feeding approved. As always, I recommend omitting the salt from any recipe you serve your littles; each of these is adaptable and delicious salt-free.
They are sure to make your afternoon in the sun even brighter.
Vegan Quiche – Tofu, Spinach & Mushroom
Want to forget the eggs on a hot day? This vegan quiche is a tasty finger food that holds up well in tiny hands. Thanks to the nutritional yeast, each muffin gives a nice boost of vitamin B12, and you don’t have to sacrifice the “cheesy” flavor that makes a quiche, well…a quiche.
See the Recipe Here: Vegan Quiche – Tofu, Spinach & Mushroom
Bean and Veggie Nuggets
Any food that ends in nugget is generally a baby finger food staple, and with this recipe, you can be assured that your little one will be pleased. I personally love this idea not only because it’s easy for baby to eat, but it incorporates cannellini beans, which are a wonderful digestive aid and source of protein, as well as a healthy serving of shredded zucchini and carrots. All this wrapped into bite-sized portions is the perfect addition to your picnic basket.
See the Recipe Here: Bean and Veggie Nuggets
Fruit Sweetened Oat Cookies
You cannot have a picnic without cookies—this is a fact. Unlike most, these beautiful oat cookies contain no refined sugar and are packed with fiber, coconut, and apples. Do be aware that these are best served fresh; however, you can simply pop them in the freezer in an airtight container right after they leave the oven, then tote them to the park frozen. They thaw fast, providing your baby with a delightful, nutritious cookie that is ultimately Mom-guilt free.
See the Recipe Here: Fruit Sweetened Oat Cookies
Pumpkin and Chicken Meatballs
Need a little chicken on your plate? These delicious, truffle-shaped appetizers can be served hot or cold, so if you have a cooler, these will make for a hearty lunch. The pumpkin and chicken compliment each other beautifully and give them a natural sweetness that your baby will gobble up.
See the Recipe Here: Pumpkin and Chicken Meatballs
Granny’s 10-Minute Brown Bread
This is one of my favorite recipes! As I’ve said before, bread is my all-time weakness, and this loaf is both satisfying and filled with nutrients. A blend of pumpkin, sunflower, and chia seeds baked into coarse wheat flour and oats boasts of fibrous, digestive health in a delicious package. Spread a bit of butter on top or fill your slices with last night’s roasted chicken. Either way, your carb cravings won’t go unfulfilled.
See the Recipe Here: Granny’s 10-Minute Brown Bread
Roasted Carrot Cashew Dip
So, you’re stuck on those carrot sticks? Not to worry…this fantastic dip goes perfectly with any fresh veggie on your tray. The soaked, raw cashews create a smooth base for this cumin and cinnamon flavored treat that is quick and simple to create. It’s great for picnics, but it easily becomes a regular addition to your finger food dip stash.
See the Recipe Here: Roasted Carrot Cashew Dip
Baked Carrot Fries (Paleo and Vegan)
Speaking of carrots, these are to die for! Forget health-conscious, expensive potato chips. This recipe is both Paleo and Vegan friendly, and it’s so simple I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. Just slice your carrots accordingly, season, bake, and snack until the sun goes down.
See the Recipe Here: Baked Carrot Fries (Paleo and Vegan)
Sugar Free BLW Muffins – Banana, Lemon & Walnut
You know I love muffins for BLW. You truly cannot ask for a more baby-friendly finger food, and these will please everyone attending your picnic. Lightly sweet and mildly tart, the lemon and banana pair nicely while the walnuts provide an essential helping of omega-3 acids. Make sure to bake a double batch for the whole family.
See the Recipe Here: Sugar Free BLW Muffins – Banana, Lemon & Walnut
Savory Chicken Veggie Bites
Moist and flavorful are both apt descriptions of this versatile recipe. A mix of spinach, zucchini, and fresh basil offer your baby a serving of vibrant green veggies, and it’s falafel shape makes it a perfect finger food for a picnic! What’s more is that this recipe is great eaten alone or served in a multitude of ways.
See the Recipe Here: Savory Chicken Veggie Bites
Super Easy Applesauce Crackers
Last but not least, I found this treasure of a recipe. The ingredients are simple and flavorful, promising the age-old favorite of cinnamon apple in a health-conscious cracker. Your older children will also love this finer food recipe, as the dough is malleable and fun to shape. This is definitely a go-to for between-meal snacks, and it’s light on a picnic basket.
See the Recipe Here: Super Easy Applesauce Crackers
Looking for healthy dips to bring along on your picnic? Check out 10 Healthy Dips & Sauces Your Toddler Will Love