6 Christmas Finger Food Ideas For Baby-Led Weaning
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Holidays and special occasions are great times to have fun and get creative with your baby’s food. With Christmas on the horizon, we’ve been thinking about how you can incorporate a bit of festive spirit into your little one’s finger foods.
Explore some of our top finger food ideas that are sure to excite your baby as they develop along the weaning journey this season!
Roasted Vegetable Sticks For Babies
This easy finger food idea is a classic and great for baby-led weaning at any time of year. Simply cut your veggies of choice into small batons and roast them until they’re soft enough.
It is recommended that veggies are squidgeable between your thumb and finger, but not so soft that they immediately go to mush in your little one’s hand. They can be a little softer for those just starting the weaning journey, and a little harder for those over 12 months who are more confident with chewing.
Some of our favourite vegetables to use in this idea include:
- Sweet potatoes
How about trying this recipe on Christmas Eve to prepare for Rudolph's arrival to ensure that your little one can get involved in some Christmas traditions.
Why not use our brussels sprout and pea puree as a dip for these veggie sticks?! Brussels sprouts offer an intriguing Christmassy taste for your little one, plus a different texture to the finger foods, creating new eating experiences for baby.
Festive Veggie Sausage Rolls for Babies
A party food classic, Christmas is the perfect time to let your little one try a sausage roll! As babies under 12 months should ideally avoid eating lots of pork, our recipe uses veggie mince.
Combine 250g vegan mince, half of a finely chopped onion, a handful of cooked cranberries and 40g of cheddar cheese in a bowl. Season with Christmassy herbs, like rosemary and sage. Squeeze the mixture into sausage shapes.
Cut ready-rolled puff pastry into three strips and wrap around your festive sausage shapes. Cut these into smaller chunks that your baby could easily hold and eat. Brush with egg and bake on a baking sheet for 12 minutes at 200C.
A super simple finger food for little ones, these mock’eroons resemble a scrumptious macaroon, but without any of the sugary ingredients that baby can’t eat. All you need to do is make a slice in an apricot (remove any stone) and pop in a spoonful of nut butter.
For a Christmas touch, we love using pistachio nut butter, as the green colour adds to the festive feeling! You can also roll these in chopped hazelnuts for extra texture and festive flavour.
Babease Christmas Tree Pastry
Cut a roll of puff pastry into two equal-sized triangles. With any spare pastry, create a star shape with a biscuit cutter or knife.
On one piece of the pastry, squeeze out the contents of a Babease pouch (or two if needed). We love the Parsnip, Carrot and Kale pouch for this recipe! Place the second triangle of pastry on top.
Leaving a ‘trunk’ in the middle, cut slices on either side to be branches, and twist these away from you. Place the star of pastry at the top of the ‘tree’. Brush the pastry with a beaten egg and bake at 190C for 15 minutes.
The tree can then be pulled apart, and individual ‘branches’ can be given to baby as a finger food nibble!
You can’t get more festive than turkey! The perfect way to use up leftovers for your little one, these turkey balls are versatile and can be made with a variety of different veggies. The turkey can be swapped for chicken, too, for a year-round treat!
Add leftover turkey, potato and cold veggies to the food processor and whiz until finely chopped. In a bowl, combine the blended leftovers with 20g cheddar cheese and 30g breadcrumbs. Shape into balls and bake at 180C for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can fry in a little oil for 5 minutes until golden all over.
Cauliflower Cheese Patties
If you have homemade cauliflower cheese leftovers to use up, turn it into fritters for your little one to enjoy. Fritters are fantastic finger foods, as they’re easy to hold and offer a new texture and flavour.
For these fritters, add cauliflower cheese into a food processor with one slice of bread and one egg and combine. Form into eight patties and cook on a baking tray for 20 minutes at 180C.
We hope this has inspired you to create some exciting Christmas finger foods with your little one this year. Browse our range of baby-led weaning recipes for even more weaning ideas.
If you have your own creative Christmas weaning ideas, why not share them with us via social media? We would love to hear from you!