From finger foods and make-ahead snacks to simple baked goods (with only 3 ingredients!), here are 9 fresh ideas toddlers love.
9 Easy, No-Fuss Snack Ideas for Toddlers
Diced Cinnamon Apples
Diced apples sprinkled with cinnamon are a make-ahead snack toddlers can't resist. The cinnamon helps reduce browning and adds another layer of flavor.
Cheesy English Muffin
Toast an English muffin and give it a protein boost with a little melted cheese. Add diced tomatoes for a pop of color and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Cut into "fingers" to make it easier for toddlers to hold and feed themselves.
Cottage Cheese & Fruit
Add a handful of anti-oxidant rich fresh berries to a tiny bowl of cottage cheese. If your toddler isn't a fan of cottage cheese, try gently crushing in the berries, letting their juices add more flavor.
Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
Any deli meat makes a simple wrapper for thick slices of cheese. Add a dot of mustard inside for even more flavor. Cut a slice of deli meat in half lengthwise before wrapping so your wrap doesn't get too bulky for tiny teeth.
Frozen Peas & Diced Cucumbers
Peeled, diced cucumbers pair perfectly with frozen peas (thawed in warm water for a few minutes ahead of time.) Bonus, this combination is great for toddlers to practice their pincher moves.
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
Layer fresh or frozen fruit with plain yogurt for a simple way to add flavor without the added sugar found in store bought varieties.
Mash ripe bananas with fresh avocado for an omega-3 rich spread toddlers can eat (or, let's be honest, lick off of) whole-wheat toast.
Ice Cube Tray Options
Filling an ice cube tray with a dozen options is a fun way for little ones to pick and choose their (current) favorites, especially for picky eaters or teething toddlers. Pictured here: Red bell peppers, "puffs," grapes, cereal, blueberries, cucumbers, ham, peaches, kiwi, shredded cheese, peas, cereal squares, strawberry, bananas, cherry tomatoes and pretzels.
3-Ingredient Peanut Banana Bars
Got ripe bananas? Mash two bananas along with 1 cup of whole oats and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Smooth the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan (add chopped peanuts if you like) and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.