Great finger foods for babies

Best Finger Foods for Babies: The Ultimate Guide

How exciting that your baby is about to graduate from mushy foods to finger foods! This is a big step in your little one’s development. However, you may be wondering when’s the right time to start finger foods, and how to tell that your baby is ready. We’ll answer all these questions and more, plus give you a list of the best finger foods to introduce to your baby first.

Introducing Finger Foods to Your Baby

So, when can babies eat finger foods? You can start to give your baby finger foods around the time they’re able to sit up independently and can bring their hands to their mouth. This may happen between the ages of 8 months old and 9 months old, but your baby may be ready a little sooner or later than this time. Around this time, you may also notice that your baby is developing their pincer grasp and may be making chewing motions. These are both great indications that your baby’s ready for finger foods. Moreover, using their fingers to pick up foods will further develop your baby’s fine motor skills. Some parents who adopt the baby-led weaning approach may start offering finger foods to their infants as early as 6 months old. This method skips spoon-feeding with solid foods and instead lets your baby take the lead in self-feeding with finger foods. Some believe this approach can decrease fussiness when it comes to introducing new foods, including finger foods, to your baby. Speak to your child’s healthcare provider if this method is something you’d like to try. Giving your baby finger foods can help your little one learn to feed themself, just one step toward gaining independence. Self-feeding can be great fun for your baby. Even if much of the food doesn’t end up in your baby’s mouth, the fact that they’re exploring this new frontier is an accomplishment to be proud of.

First Finger Foods for Your Baby

As you begin choosing finger foods for your baby, check out the following ideas:

  • Steamed veggies like sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas

  • Soft, ripe fruits like bananas, berries, peaches (peeled), mangoes (peeled)

  • Whole-grain breakfast cereals (without nuts, clusters, or chunks)

  • Whole-grain pasta (cooked well)

  • Whole-wheat bread

  • Whole-grain crackers or wafers like teething biscuits

  • Soft meats like chicken

  • Cheese (mild)

  • Scrambled eggs.

Be sure that any of the above finger foods are cut into small pieces. You don’t want your baby eating a piece that’s too big to swallow. And, make sure to watch them while eating.

Finger Food Safety

During this time babies are more likely to swallow foods without chewing them, whether they have a few baby teeth coming in or they have no teeth. Avoid giving any finger foods that require a grinding action to chew (this type of chewing is typically mastered around the age of 4), as these may pose a choking risk. Offer finger foods that are soft, easy to swallow, and broken or cut into pieces that your baby cannot choke on. A good rule of thumb is that soft and mushy finger foods are safe for your baby. Small, round, coin-shaped, hard, chewy, crunchy, slippery, or sticky foods may lead to choking. Here are some foods to avoid offering your baby when they start on finger foods:

  • Peanut butter (in chunks)

  • Meat (in chunks)

  • Cheese (in chunks)

  • Raw veggies (in large chunks or round shapes), including celery sticks, carrot sticks, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and peas

  • Raw hard fruit (in large chunks or round shapes), including apples, pears, and grapes

  • Nuts (whole)

  • Seeds

  • Popcorn

  • Chewing gum

  • Candies (hard, gooey, or sticky)

  • Hot dogs or meat sticks.

There are ways you can still give some of the above foods while making them easier to eat and less hazardous to swallow. For example:

  • Grapes or cherry tomatoes, cut in half

  • Creamy peanut butter spread thinly on whole-grain bread that’s cut into small squares

  • Hot dog, cut lengthwise and then cut into small 1/2-inch pieces.

Note on Food Allergies

Medical experts once recommended that parents avoid feeding their babies eggs, fish, and peanut butter since babies may be allergic to these foods. However, it’s now recommended that you introduce these foods early—while keeping a close watch for any reactions—since this approach can help reduce your child’s chances of developing food allergies. Before introducing peanut butter or peanut products, consult with your baby’s healthcare provider. Your baby is more likely to be allergic to these foods if

  • food allergies run in your family

  • your baby is known to have an egg allergy

  • your baby has eczema.

The Bottom Line

It’s time to introduce finger foods to your baby when you see that they’re able to sit up on their own, start bringing their hands to their mouth, and can use a pincer grasp to hold onto small items, like finger foods. This development happens around the age of 8 or 9 months old, but you may see it sooner or later in your baby. In the beginning, you’ll want to introduce finger foods that are soft and easy to swallow, since babies at this age tend to swallow instead of chew even if they have a few baby teeth. Think steamed veggies and soft fresh fruits. You can also introduce whole-grain bread, crackers, cereal, or pasta if they’re cut into small pieces. Chicken, mild cheese, and scrambled eggs are also great options when served in small pieces. Avoid hard foods like raw veggies and fruits, as well as chunks of nut butter, cheese, and meat. Whole nuts and seeds are not recommended, nor are chewing gum, candies, hot dogs, or meat sticks. All these items can pose a choking hazard.

Transitioning to finger foods is a big step in your baby’s development and independence. Letting your baby self-feed with finger foods may be a bit messy at first, but you’ll both get the hang of it. Learn more about developmental milestones for your 9-month-old baby.

Best Early Finger Foods for Baby (With Tips, Visuals, and Recipes)

Use this list of safe, nutritious, and easy to eat finger foods for baby to help you know exactly what (and how) to offer at meals and snacks. Plus, find the best first finger foods, troubleshooting tips, and visuals of foods broken down by food group to keep things easy!

Finger Foods for Baby

After baby starts solids and is ready to move onto finger foods, you may feel a little confused by exactly what to serve and how to serve it. Which is totally normal because it can be scary to let baby feed themselves this way and we may not have any experience doing this—or we may have totally forgotten from our last kiddo!

This list of finger foods for baby will cover some great first finger foods to start with, then set you up with plenty of healthy options from each food group.

TIP: Find more info on starting solids here and the best foods to start with if doing baby led weaning or purees with baby.

Healthy Baby Food

I love sharing these ideas for baby food since they are easy to prepare and serve and because I know how hard it can be to continue to come up with flavorful and healthy meals and snacks for our little ones. Let me tell you, I’m on my third kiddo and it can be such a challenge to feed him during the chaos of parenting the rest of my crew! These foods are wholesome and nutritious—perfect for your baby.

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Best First Finger Foods

When baby is around 9 months, you’ll notice that they’re able to pick up smaller pieces of food with two fingers. This is known as the “pincer grasp” and is a sign that they’re ready to start finger foods. To be clear, when I say “finger foods” I mean small pieces of food that a baby (or toddler) can feed themselves.

Here are some of my favorite ones to start with that are all super soft, safe to eat, and easy to pick up.

  • Scrambled egg, broken up into small pieces
  • Roasted sweet potato mashed and broken up into small pieces
  • Fresh raspberries, broken up into smaller pieces
  • Oatmeal, cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool
  • Tofu, diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • Ground beef, chicken, or turkey, broken up into small pieces or lightly mashed meatballs
  • Shredded cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • Mashed sweet potato, in little pieces
  • Peanut butter puffs

TIP: You can serve the tofu, ground meat, or meatballs in veggie puree from a pouch or a simple marinara sauce for extra moisture and flavor. Learn more about how and why to introduce peanut butter.

Finger Foods for Baby: Fruits and Veggies

Some of my favorite early fruits and veggies to serve babies are:

  • Mashed roasted sweet potato, broken up into small pieces
  • Warmed frozen peas, slightly mashed if desired
  • Roasted Zucchini
  • Diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • Fresh blueberries, cut in half or quarters
  • Fresh raspberries, broken into small pieces
  • Banana, broken into small segments (they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • Avocado, diced and mashed slightly (be sure it’s ripe and very soft)

TIP: A good rule of thumb is to serve pieces of food that are about the size of a pea to start and soft enough that they are easy to squish between your fingers. This will be easy for baby to pick up and eat and will also reduce chances of choking.

Finger Food Ideas: Carbohydrates

Offering complex carbohydrates can provide fiber, a variety of textures, B vitamins, and more. Try these with your baby.

  • Spinach pancakes (moisten with applesauce or plain yogurt if needed; this recipe is particularly moist and great for babies)
  • Oatmeal, cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool
  • Baby Puffs
  • Peanut Butter Puffs
  • Rice (it’s easiest if it’s in little clumps so baby can pick it up; this Coconut Rice or this Cheesy Rice are both good options)
  • Baby Banana Muffin
  • O cereal (soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed)
  • Baked Oatmeal, diced

Finger Food Ideas: Proteins

Offering proteins will continue to expose baby to a range of nutrients. These are my go-tos for babies newer to finger foods—and toddlers too.

  • Shredded cheese (thicker cuts are a little easier to pick up)
  • Tofu, diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • Flaked cooked wild salmon
  • Lightly mashed meatballs
  • Shredded chicken, cut up finely (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • Ground beef, turkey, or chicken, broken into smaller pieces
  • Lightly mashed beans
  • Scrambled eggs, broken up into small pieces
  • Diced egg muffins

I’d love to hear any questions you may have, or if you have foods that your babies enjoy that I didn’t include here.

Chime in below in the comments!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Author Amy Palanjian

Cuisine American

Course Baby Food

Calories 124kcal

Servings 1

First Finger Foods (choose 1-3 per meal)
  • ▢ 1 Scrambled egg (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Roasted sweet potato, mashed and broken up into small pieces
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Fresh raspberries (broken up into smaller pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Oatmeal (cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Tofu (diced and sauteed lightly or steamed)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp ground beef, chicken, or turkey, broken up into small pieces or lightly mashed meatballs
  • ▢ 2 tbsp shredded cheese or crumbled goat cheese
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Mashed sweet potato (broken into little pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Peanut butter puffs
Fruits and Veggies
  • ▢ 1/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup warmed frozen peas
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Roasted Zucchini
  • ▢ 1/4 cup diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • ▢ 1/4 cup blueberries (cut in half or quarters)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup raspberries (broken into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup banana slices (broken into small segments—they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp avocado (diced and mashed slightly—be sure it's ripe and very soft)
Whole Grains and Carbohydrates
  • ▢ 1 Spinach pancakes (moisten with applesauce or plain yogurt if needed; this recipe is particularly moist and great for babies)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Oatmeal (cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Baby Puffs
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Puffs
  • ▢ 1/4 cup fully cooked rice (it's easiest if it's in little clumps so baby can pick it up; this Coconut Rice or this Cheesy Rice are both good options)
  • ▢ 1 Baby Banana Muffin
  • ▢ 1/4 cup O cereal (soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed)
  • ▢ 1/4 cup Baked Oatmeal (diced or regular oatmeal broken into little pieces)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Shredded cheese (such as mozzarella)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp Tofu (diced and sauteed lightly or steamed)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp flaked cooked wild salmon
  • ▢ 1 lightly mashed meatballs
  • ▢ 2 tbsp finely shredded chicken (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp ground beef, turkey, or chicken (broken into smaller pieces)
  • ▢ 2 tbsp lightly mashed beans
  • ▢ 1 Scrambled egg (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢ 1 Diced Egg muffins
  • For each meal or snack, choose 2-3 foods from a mix of food groups. Aim to include some fat in most meals and protein in many too.

  • Prepare the food, cutting into small pieces and/or mashing as needed to make the food easy to eat.

  • Start with small portions and allow more as baby indicates according to their hunger.

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • Many foods you cook for your family will work as baby finger foods—just be sure they are easy to squish between your fingers and the pieces are small and easy to chew.
  • Babies very normally make a lot of faces when they eat, so don't assume they don't like something just because they scrunch their nose!
  • Flavors and textures can take time to learn to eat, so continue offering foods in small portions even if baby hasn't liked them in the past—and make sure they taste good to you!

Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 344mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 9857IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

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Snacks for children's birthday

Recipes 11/17/2020 Daria Zhuravskaya

Photo: alvaradofamilydentalcenter. com

Instead of heavy and fatty meals that make you want to sleep well, we offer you to try these 20 snack recipes for children's birthday! A quick, beautiful and healthy snack - and now the birthday boy and his friends can have fun with games and contests!

1. Zucchini appetizer with curd cheese


You can't imagine such an easier and healthier appetizer for a festive table for children! nine0003

You will need: 1 zucchini, 1 cucumber, 150 g curd cheese, herbs, spices.

Preparation: Cut the cucumber into small cubes, chop the herbs and mix them with curd cheese. Cut the zucchini into thick slices and fry on a grill or non-stick frying pan. Lay the filling on top and garnish with nuts, grated cheese or cucumber strips, if desired.

2. Multi-colored meat appetizer


Such a nice mosaic can be made from different types of meat. nine0003

You will need: 300 g pork, 200 g beef, 2 eggs, spices, 2 tbsp. green olives, half red bell pepper.

Preparation: Mince 200 g of meat, add spices, olive slices and pepper cubes. Cut the remaining pork into small pieces and add there too. Mix the minced meat with eggs and put it in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Using a film, form several tight loaves and boil for an hour and a half over low heat. When cool, leave overnight in the refrigerator. nine0003

3. Vegetable snack with lemon sauce


The best snack is a healthy vegetable snack!

You will need: 2 zucchini, 1 head of cauliflower, 5 cherry tomatoes, hazelnuts, bunch of basil, 1 lemon, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 5 tbsp. olive oil, spices.

Preparation: Divide the cauliflower into florets, cut the zucchini into large pieces and boil them in a steam bath until soft. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters and stir in the vegetables. Grind the basil, add the oil, mustard, spices, lemon juice and zest, and field the vegetables. nine0003

4. Cones with a surprise


This appetizer is perfect if your child has a birthday in winter.

You will need: 1 cup red beans, 1 handful of almonds, 1 onion, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 100 g chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, spices.

Preparation: Chop and fry the onion, boil the beans and smash them with a blender along with the peeled almonds and spices. Separately, kill the boiled chicken and add chopped greens and tomatoes to it. Make a flatbread out of the beans, place a ball of stuffing on it, pinch the edges and make notches with a pinecone knife. nine0003

5. Festive fish snack


A little red fish is good for everyone, including children.

You will need: 150 g red fish, 20 quail eggs, 1 large cucumber, 200 g cream cheese, 2 tsp. red caviar.

Preparation: Boil the eggs, cut the fish into thin slices and slice the cucumbers. Wrap the eggs with a thin strip of fish, put some cream cheese on the cucumber and place the egg on top. Decorate the appetizer with caviar. nine0003

6. Appetizer of tomatoes and mozzarella


The classic appetizer is very bright and beautiful, so children will definitely like it.

You will need: 6 cherry tomatoes, 250 g mozzarella, 16 basil leaves, olive oil.

Preparation: Cut cherry tomatoes in half and mozzarella in small circles. Put basil leaves between the pieces of cheese, tomato halves around the edges, and put them on skewers. Top with a drizzle of herb olive oil. nine0003

7. Cheese appetizer


Ordinary cuts can be prepared for a children's birthday in the form of such cute boats.

You will need: 100 g cheese, 100 g cream cheese, 1 tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes, a handful of walnuts, herbs, 0.5 tsp. lemon juice, 4 tbsp. olive oil.

Preparation: Mix cream cheese with tomatoes and spices. Separately, mix chopped nuts, herbs, lemon juice and oil. Cut ordinary cheese into slices 10 cm long and 2 cm wide. Put the pieces in a drop, fill with cream cheese and put the nut mass on top. nine0003

8. Appetizer with chicken and pineapple


A combination that almost everyone likes without exception!

You will need: 300 g of baked or smoked chicken, 800 g of canned pineapple, 6 cucumbers, 2 lemons, 1 bunch of mint, olive oil, spices.

Preparation: Whip 2 tbsp olive oil with crushed mint. add lemon juice and zest to this mixture, and marinate cucumber slices in them. Cut the pineapples into pieces and mix with spices, and chop the chicken. Put everything on skewers, put in a beautiful dish and fields with the rest of the oil. nine0003

9. Mushroom soufflé


Perfectly diversifies the dish with cheese and meat slices!

You will need: 500 g mushrooms, 2 onions, 1 carrot, 6 eggs, 3 tbsp. corn flakes, spices.

Preparation: Chop the onions, carrots and mushrooms, fry, season and beat with a blender. Add corn flakes and eggs to this mass, mix with a whisk and put in a baking dish. Bake for half an hour at 180 degrees. nine0003

10. Vegetable bruschetta


Another interesting recipe for healthy vegetable snacks for children's birthday!

You will need: 2 zucchini, 1 tomato, half an onion, 1.5 bell peppers, spices, olive oil, 1 tbsp. balsamic, 40 g feta, greens.

Preparation: Slice the courgettes diagonally and marinate in 1 tbsp. oil with spices for 15 minutes, and then lightly fry on both sides. Grind tomatoes, peppers and onions, add balsamic, add spices and mix. Lubricate each zucchini circle with cheese, sprinkle with chopped herbs and lay out the vegetables. nine0003

11. Corn wafers


Take molds or cut ready-made wafers into pieces and use as a base for canapés and sandwiches.

You will need: 1 cup corn flour, 1 cup rice flour, 3 tbsp. sugar, 3 tbsp. oil, 1 orange, a pinch of soda and salt, 2 cups of water.

Preparation: Mix both types of flour, add sugar, salt, soda, oil and water to a consistency. Add an orange crushed with a blender, mix everything until smooth and bake in a waffle iron. nine0003

12. Sea shell


To make this children's snack look neater, choose smaller buns.

You will need: 500 g shrimp, 5 rolls, 1 egg, 5 quail eggs, 1.5 tbsp. red caviar, 3 tbsp. mayonnaise.

Preparation: Cut the tops off the buns, remove the crumbs, chop and fry until golden brown. Boil the shrimp and chop them with a boiled chicken egg. Mix with crackers, caviar and mayonnaise. Fill the buns with this mass, put a boiled quail egg-pearl on top and decorate with red caviar. Top with the top of the buns. nine0003

13. Lacy pancakes

Photo: koolinar. ru

Even if you don't always make beautiful pancakes, you can definitely handle them!

You will need: 180 g flour, 150 ml milk, 1 egg, 2 tbsp. butter, 100 g crab sticks, 4 boiled eggs, 1.5 tbsp. sour cream, lettuce.

Preparation: Whisk the egg with the milk, slowly add the flour and finally add the butter. Fry the pancakes, randomly pouring the dough in lacy patterns. Grind crab sticks and boiled eggs, mix with sour cream. Put a lettuce leaf on each pancake, then the filling, and roll it into a roll. nine0003

14. Cheese-apple snack


Take juicy sweet and sour apples to make the play of flavors even brighter.

You will need: 2 apples, 100 ml mayonnaise, 2 tbsp. nuts, lettuce, 250 g cheese, 1 tsp. zest, mint, spices.

Preparation: Peel the apples and grate them with the cheese on a coarse grater. Add chopped mint and nuts to them, mix with light mayonnaise and spices to taste. Serve with fresh and crispy lettuce. nine0003

15. Processed cheese tangerines


Even an ordinary processed cheese salad can sparkle with new colors.

You will need: 2 processed cheeses, 100 g hard cheese, 3 eggs, 3 carrots, 2 tbsp. mayonnaise, spices.

Preparation: Grate boiled eggs, melted and hard cheese, mix with spices and mayonnaise. Boil carrots and grate on a fine grater. With wet hands, roll the lettuce into balls and roll tightly in the carrots. Put in a dish and make green leaves. nine0003

16. Cold chicken for snacks


An excellent substitute for ham and sausage for children's snacks on the festive table.

You will need: 2 chicken fillets, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. rice vinegar, 0.5 tsp dry garlic, spices.

Preparation: Cut the fillet into 2 parts and lightly beat, marinate in sauce, vinegar and spices, leave for an hour in the refrigerator. Wrap the chicken in spices in foil, put in the oven for half an hour at 200 degrees. Without unwrapping, cool and refrigerate overnight. nine0003

17. Cabbage rolls


Another quick and healthy recipe for crispy snacks.

You will need: 1 cabbage, 3 carrots, 3 tbsp each. soy sauce and vegetable oil, 1 tsp each. salt and sugar, spices, 1 liter of water, 3 tbsp. wine vinegar, 1 bay leaf, 7 peppercorns, 2 tbsp. salt and sugar for brine.

Preparation: Boil the cabbage leaves in salted water for a couple of minutes. Grate carrots on a Korean grater, add salt and sugar, mix. Heat the oil, add spices to it, mix and pour the carrots. Add soy sauce there and leave for 20 minutes. nine0003

Divide the cabbage leaves into triangles, wrap some carrots in each and place in a bowl. Boil water with bay leaf, pepper, salt and sugar for brine, add vinegar and fill the rolls with this. Cool, put in the refrigerator overnight, and in the morning drain the brine and serve.

18. Liver pâté cakes


Use a pastry bag to arrange the pâté nicely on the base.

You will need: 6 slices of bread, 6 quail eggs, herbs, 300 g chicken liver, 1 onion, half a carrot, 60 g butter. nine0015

Preparation: Fry the liver with onions, boil the carrots and blend them with a blender with butter and spices until smooth. Cut out circles from bread, fry on both sides and beautifully lay out the pate on top. Garnish with boiled quail eggs and herbs.

19. Mushroom stumps


An interesting alternative to ordinary sandwiches for children's birthday!

You will need: 250 g mushrooms, baguette, 1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 100 g cheese. nine0015

Preparation: Grind and fry onion, pepper and mushrooms with spices. Cut the baguette into 2.5 cm thick slices, partially remove the pulp and squeeze. Put the vegetable filling inside, sprinkle with grated cheese and put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.

20. Turkey ham


Cream, apple juice and spices - and here is an amazing recipe for cold cuts for children.

You will need: 1 kg turkey fillet, 30 ml oil, 150 ml apple juice, 75 ml 35% cream, 70 g paprika, 2 tbsp. cilantro, black pepper, 5 star anise, coriander, sugar and salt. nine0015

Preparation: Make a marinade of apple juice and spices, bring to a boil and reduce by half, then add the cream. Make punctures in the fillet with a fork, roll in the marinade and leave overnight in the refrigerator. Wipe the breast with napkins, brush with oil and roll in paprika and salt, put in the refrigerator for another hour. Bake the turkey in foil for 20 minutes at 250 degrees.

Children's birthday menu: photos, recipes, dish ideas

How to make a child's birthday truly unforgettable? Gather his friends, come up with entertainment and, of course, treat everyone to something delicious. But pleasing little guests is sometimes more difficult than adult gourmets. Our article will come to the rescue. In it, we have collected 10 dishes that will enchant even the most capricious persons. Serve these treats for a kid's birthday party and no one will leave hungry. nine0003

Original canapés

Kids will appreciate the unusual presentation, and adults will appreciate the ease of preparing the dish. Indeed, among the recipes for a children's birthday, it is important to have at least one option for a quick snack. For canapes in the form of ladybugs, it is better to take unsalted crackers with the addition of whole grain flour. You can grease the products with both pate and hummus or curd cheese.


  • crackers - 10 pcs.
  • cherry tomatoes - 5 pcs. nine0342
  • leaf lettuce - 3-4 leaves
  • olives - 3 pcs.
  • pate - to taste


  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and make a shallow cut in each half.
  2. Brush crackers with pâté and cover with lettuce. Excess greens can be removed.
  3. Top the salad with half a cherry and a quarter of an olive.
  4. Decorate the finished ladybug with a pattern of white dots. To do this, dip a toothpick in Greek yogurt or mayonnaise and gently color the workpiece. nine0342

Snack Muffins

Children are rarely fans of vegetables. But thanks to such muffins, they will even eat the hated green beans or green peas. It's nice that you can change the toppings to your liking. For example, take corn, ham or some broccoli and cauliflower. It is also better not to forget about the vegetable slices on the table. Serve carrot, pepper and cucumber sticks with yoghurt sauce.


  • green beans - 100 g
  • green peas - 100 g
  • cheese - 100 g
  • chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
  • sour cream - 3 tbsp. l.
  • flour - 3 tbsp. l.
  • Bulgarian pepper - 1 pc.
  • baking powder - 0.5 tsp.
  • salt - to taste


  1. Defrost beans and peas.
  2. Pepper and cheese cut into small cubes.
  3. nine0341 In a clean bowl, mix eggs with sour cream and salt. Gradually add the sifted flour mixed with the baking powder.
  4. Add the prepared cuts to the batter.
  5. Divide the pastry between molds and bake for 15 minutes at 180°C. Then lower the heat to 160°C and bake the muffins for another 15-20 minutes in the oven.

Cheese donuts

If you don't know what to cook, try these donuts. At a children's birthday party, they will definitely become a popular treat. The main thing is to find a good crumbly cottage cheese with a fat content of 5-9%. It is desirable that there is not too much moisture in the mass, gluing the grains together. Otherwise, wrap the cottage cheese with gauze and put it under pressure for 2-3 hours to remove excess moisture.


  • cottage cheese - 200 g
  • cheese - 80 g
  • flour - 70 g
  • chicken eggs - 2 pcs.
  • baking powder - 0.5 tsp.
  • sesame - to taste


  1. Mash the cottage cheese with a fork or chop with a blender.
  2. Add grated cheese, whole egg and one egg white.
  3. Add the sifted flour and baking powder and knead into a stiff dough.
  4. On a floured surface, form the dough into a ball and divide into 6-8 equal portions.
  5. Roll each piece into a sausage and seal the ends.
  6. Transfer the blanks to a baking sheet lined with baking paper and brush with the remaining yolk. nine0342
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

Mini pizzas

Who would say no to a popular treat? For a children's holiday, it makes sense to make portioned pizzas. It will be easier for kids to hold them in their hands. As a sauce, ordinary ketchup or a mixture of pureed tomatoes boiled with spices is suitable. In addition to cherry tomatoes, you can use bell peppers or broccoli for the filling, and put boiled chicken or turkey instead of ham. When serving, garnish pizzas with fresh herbs, if desired. nine0003


For the dough:

  • flour - 200 g
  • water - 90 ml
  • olive oil - 30 ml
  • sugar - 1 tsp.
  • dry yeast - 4 g
  • salt - pinch


  • ham - 200 g
  • cherry tomatoes - 8 pcs.
  • tomato sauce - 3 tbsp. l.
  • cheese - 50 g


  1. Mix yeast, sugar and water. Cover the bowl with a towel and put it in a warm place for 15-20 minutes. After the specified time, a foam cap should appear on the surface of the mixture.
  2. Sift flour into activated yeast, add olive oil and salt. Knead a homogeneous dough that will not stick to your hands.
  3. Transfer to a clean dish greased with olive oil and leave warm for 1 hour. nine0342
  4. Punch down the risen dough and divide into 8 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece into a 8-10 cm round shape and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Brush base with tomato sauce, top with ham and cherry halves, sprinkle with cheese and place in the oven.
  7. Bake mini pizzas for 15 minutes at 210°C.

Chicken skewers

Homemade skewers continue the selection of recipes for children's birthdays. When preparing a marinade, remember that the child likes simple and understandable tastes more. A large set of seasonings, especially spicy, he will not appreciate. But vegetables will add benefits and make the meat juicier. For variety, place sliced ​​bell pepper or zucchini between the chicken pieces. Don't forget to prepare wooden skewers. Before stuffing the meat, it is advisable to soak them in boiling water, otherwise the wood may burn in the oven. nine0003


  • chicken fillet - 800 g
  • kefir 3.2% - 180 ml
  • onion - 1 pc.
  • garlic - 1-2 cloves
  • salt - to taste


  1. Divide the chicken fillet into 2-3 cm pieces.
  2. Chop the onion into rings, chop the garlic.
  3. Mix the chicken with chopped onion and garlic, season with salt. nine0342
  4. Pour in the kefir and mix well. Leave the blank in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Thread the marinated pieces onto skewers and bake for 15-20 minutes at 200°C.

Fish fingers

Children love variety. Give the kids a choice between several dishes. For example, serve chicken skewers and crispy fish fingers. The appetizer is made from white fish: pollock, cod or haddock. If desired, breading can be supplemented with sesame seeds. Ready-made sticks go well with tartar sauce. nine0003


  • white fish fillet - 600 g
  • vegetable oil - 150 ml
  • breadcrumbs - 3 tbsp. l.
  • chicken eggs - 1 pc.
  • salt - to taste
  • pepper - to taste


  1. Cut the fillet into strips 1. 5–2 cm thick. Season with salt and a little pepper.
  2. Beat the egg with a fork in a flat bowl. nine0342
  3. Place the breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.
  5. Dip the fish fillets in turn into the egg and breadcrumbs, then fry in hot oil.
  6. Pat the finished sticks dry with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Cake without baking

When planning what to cook for a child's birthday, don't forget about sweets. What's a holiday without cake? This recipe can be made the day before. Any gelatin is useful, but the rules for working with sheets and powder are different. The layers are randomly poured with cold water, and then squeezed out. For crystals, it is desirable to observe a ratio of 1: 6 (take 6 parts of water for 1 part of gelatin). nine0003


For the cake:

  • cookies - 300 g
  • butter - 100 g


  • cottage cheese - 800 g
  • cream 20% - 200 ml
  • sugar - 100 g
  • sour cream - 100 g
  • cocoa - 2 tbsp. l.
  • gelatin - 40 g


  1. Grind cookies with butter into crumbs. Spread the mass over the bottom and sides of the form and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak gelatine in water.
  3. Beat cottage cheese with sugar and sour cream. The easiest way to do this is with an immersion blender.
  4. Mix swollen gelatin with cream and heat to 60-70°C. The thickener should dissolve, but the liquid should not be allowed to boil.
  5. Add the warm mixture to the curd and blend well again with an immersion blender. nine0342
  6. Cocoa mix with half of the curd and cream mass.
  7. Spread the filling as follows: 1 scoop cream mixture, then 1 scoop chocolate mixture. It is advisable to finish the cake with a colored layer.
  8. Using a skewer, make patterns on the top of the workpiece and send it to the refrigerator until completely solidified.

Funny apple slices

Even ordinary fruits can be served in an original way. For example, make funny monsters out of apple slices. Sweet sprinkles in the form of eyes can be found on the Internet. If there is no unusual decoration, then make it yourself. Melt the chocolate and use a toothpick or skewer to drizzle over the marshmallows. The same melted chocolate or peanut butter will help to fix the marshmallows on the slices. nine0003


  • apples - 2 pcs.
  • strawberries - 100 g
  • peanut butter - 8 tsp
  • sunflower seeds - 2 handfuls
  • confectionery topping in the form of eyes - 8 pcs.


  1. Divide medium-sized apples into quarters.
  2. Remove the center from the skin side of each wedge.
  3. Brush the resulting hole with peanut butter and fill with a strawberry slice. nine0342
  4. Peel sunflower seeds and stick a few into apple blanks.
  5. Seal eyes with peanut butter and serve.

Cake pops

Brightly colored cakes on skewers - why not a treat for a child's birthday? It is easy to attract even the birthday man himself to their preparation. Or you can make blanks in advance and invite guests to decorate them with sprinkles and icing. For the latter, it is better to choose white chocolate, since dyes can be added to the resulting mass. Let the little chefs cover the balls on their own and show imagination in decorating. nine0003


For the biscuit:

  • chicken eggs - 3 pcs.
  • sugar - 90 g
  • flour - 90 g

For cream:

  • curd cheese - 90 g
  • powdered sugar - 30 g

For glaze:

  • chocolate - 200 g
  • butter - 20 g


  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until fluffy and white.
  2. Carefully add the sifted flour and knead the dough.
  3. Bake the biscuit for 30 minutes at 180°C.
  4. Cool the finished cake and grind into crumbs.
  5. In a clean bowl, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar.
  6. Add biscuit crumbs to the cream and mix. Form into balls 4–5 cm in diameter and refrigerate for 1–2 hours.
  7. nine0341 Melt chocolate in a water bath and mix with butter. Thread the balls onto wooden skewers.
  8. Dip the balls in the frosting one by one. Let the mass take over.
  9. Decorate each cake pop as you like.

Nut bars

Although a sweet table is an obligatory part of a children's holiday, it is not worth pampering children with a lot of sugar. Instead of store-bought bars or candies, make an alternative treat of nuts and dried fruits. Don't be afraid to change the filling to your liking. For example, make a treat only from almonds or add walnuts. nine0003


  • pitted dates - 200 g
  • almonds - 60 g
  • cashews - 50 g
  • peanuts - 50 g
  • hazelnuts - 50 g
  • honey - 50 g
  • coconut oil - 1 tbsp. l.

For glaze: