To instill a good relationship with food for your little ones, they want to see you eating some of the same foods. I promise, I’m STILL working on a post about this for you guys.
You know, they want to feel like the big kids. But, as a parent, you can know these are nutrient dense options, too!
Easy Toddler Snacks: Where to Start
Sometimes, making sure that you’re toddler is eating healthy food can be difficult.
Let’s face it, toddlers are picky eaters, and sometimes their likes and favorites change by the day.
And it’s really through no fault of their own – they’re exploring the world. When possible, I still prefer to make healthy homemade snacks for toddlers because I have more control over the ingredients.
A healthy snack for a toddler should have some carbohydrates, and maybe a bit of protein or fat.
For adults, I always recommend at least two food groups for a satiating snack. For example, string cheese + fruit, or nuts + raisins.
When I can, I’m also a fan of including a fruit or veggie into a toddler snack recipe, too. This offers some fiber that will help keep them full and several micronutrients too.
And if you have a child (like mine), who loves muffins, don’t forget to check out these healthy baby led weaning muffins, which are great for toddlers, too.
Healthy Snacks for Toddlers On the Go
If you have a non-stop toddler, consider these healthy snacks for toddlers on the go.
From muffins to energy bites to cookies, these can provide energy and nourishment for those busy bodies.
Toddler muffins are wonderfully portable and easier for smaller hands to handle. They are great as healthy toddler snacks on the go (more road trip food ideas), since we all know toddlers don’t sit still for long.
Plus, muffins are an easy vehicle in which you can add fruits, veggies, chia seeds, and/or healthy fats, so healthy muffins for toddlers are our favorite.
Get inspired by these ideas for veggie muffins for toddlers, and muffins sweetened with fruit.
Many of these also check the box for gluten free toddler snacks.
These toddler muffins have healthy hidden ingredients, making them an easy homemade healthy snack for kids.
Strawberry Banana Chickpea Flour Muffins are light and fluffy, yet high in protein. These chickpea flour muffins are gluten-free and ready in 30 minutes. They are perfect for on-the-go snacks and kids.
These Healthy Pumpkin Muffins are ridiculously easy to make, full of warm pumpkin spice, and naturally gluten free! You can load them up with chocolate chips, nuts, and cranberries or leave them plain! I love to make a big batch and freeze them for quick breakfasts throughout the week.
A super easy savoury muffins recipe made with ham, corn, cheese and chives... perfect for lunch boxes, as a side to a bowl of soup or on their own! Printable Thermomix and conventional recipe cards included.
These Healthy Toddler Muffins are delicious for breakfast, but also work as a healthy snack or lunch. This is an easy muffin recipe for kids. Make one batter and choose from 4 different mix-ins to get variety, including a vegetable muffin!
These light and moist Banana Oat Muffins are a hit with kids of all ages, and you can use any toppings you like. Naturally sweetened they can be a nutritious breakfast on the go, or a filling snack. With no butter, sugar or oil, these muffins are a lighter choice, but still bursting with flavour.
Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Zucchini Muffins are a tasty, portable snack option for your little ones. These zucchini and sweet potato muffins are full of veggies and provide a dairy-free option for those who need it
Spinach muffins with chocolate are a tasty, easy hidden vegetable recipe! The whole family will love them. You can't taste the spinach but it makes them naturally bright green! Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dessert.
Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread is a healthy option for your sweet tooth! Made with sweet potatoes, whole wheat flour and oat flour, this bread is soft and fluffy and provides a healthy pre or post workout option.
These pb2 cookies are so easy to make, and delicious to enjoy. Made with peanut flour, oat flour, eggs, maple syrup and some spices, you can't beat the soft, and delicate finish of these powdered peanut butter cookies.
Healthy no-bake peanut butter oatmeal protein bars are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied. Using less than ten clean ingredients, the pickiest of eaters won't even realize these protein bars are healthy! Indulge your sweet tooth while nourishing your body at the same time.
Frozen cookie dough bites made with sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, peanut butter and maple syrup are the best homemade cookie dough bites. Just take them out of the freezer and enjoy these no bake cookie dough bites frozen!
Healthy Chocolate Hummus Recipe is easy to make and ready in 5 minutes! It's a nutritious dip, appetizer, dessert, snack or spread that everyone in my family, including my kids, loves. This dessert hummus recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, has no refined sugar & it's vegan!
Apple pizzas are a fun and tasty treat. They're a great healthy kids recipe for breakfast, lunch, dessert or a snack. Endlessly customisable, this healthy snack for kids will definitely delight children (and grown ups!).
Once you make Crockpot Applesauce you will be making it time and time again. This is a favorite in my house and I love that I control all of the ingredients that go in it. When you go apple picking make a big batch of this to store in your fridge!
Chocolate Hummus is a dreamy and sweet dessert hummus that’s actually healthy (but no one will know it). It is a great spread, appetizer, dip, dessert, snack and me time treat that the whole family will love.
Not only is this pizza visually appealing, it tastes delicious, too! The sweet, juicy strawberries paired with the ripe banana and chocolate hazelnut butter is a match made in heaven. This Gluten-Free Sweet Tortilla Pizza will easily become a family favorite!
Using less than 5 ingredients, these homemade peanut butter rice crispy treats come together in under 20 minutes and make a delicious and nutritious snack that is guaranteed to be a crowd-please (for both the kids AND adults alike).
Healthy Finger Foods and Dips
To round this selection of easy toddler snacks, here are some side dishes. Make sure to check out this post for more finger foods for toddlers.
These types of recipes are versatile and fun, plus they’re easy to hold and make for great toddler daycare snacks.
You can also try a few of these recipes for your next holiday or family party for a crowd-pleasing menu.
Healthy Homemade Finger Foods
Whether you need toddler smoothies with veggies or yogurt, easy dips for toddler finger foods or more, these easy recipes can save you. Plus, toddler smoothie recipes are great for quick, on the go, snacks that offer balanced nutrition!
These Spinach Sweet Potato Tots are a fun way to offer nutrient dense toddler vegetable recipes to your little ones. Packed with iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and carbohydrates, this veggie tots recipe is great for meal prep and the side to any meal.
These creamy coconut popsicles are the perfect combination of summer, boasting tropical flavors of coconut and pina colada. Pineapple coconut popsicles are naturally sweetened with pineapples, coconut cream and sweet potato.
Our simple and easy sweet potato hummus recipe is a fun and healthy snack that your kids will be sure to love. Not only is it delicious and fun, but it’s a balanced snack with protein, fiber and vegetables, to keep kids full and satisfied until dinner time.
How to cook delicious air fryer roasted carrots with step by step instructions. Includes different variations of air fryer carrots depending on what you are serving your carrots with. Ideal for a quick vegetable side dish and one that is a regular in the Milner house.
These golden crunchy easy Parmesan Breaded Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are ready in under 15 mins so it makes a great weeknight supper, brunch treat or snack. Serve with some baked fries, a simple salad or some mac and cheese.
A healthy breakfast or snack, these easy Baby Cereal Pancakes make use of common baby foods that often end up going to waste. They’re a perfect first food, or finger food, for hungry babies & toddlers. Something you can feel good about serving, and something they’ll love eating!
This sweet potato hash is a sweet new way to fix sweet potatoes. These delicious little cubes are perfect for toddlers and picky eaters. They’re perfect for little fingers, and the sweet potato is nice and soft on the inside.
This bright hued sweet potato beet smoothie is the best post workout smoothie recipe. Made with mango, beets and sweet potatoes, it's antioxidant rich, and helps replenish and restore your muscles to expedite recovery.
Apple chips are a nutritious, low calorie snack that you can enjoy instead of potato chips or other snacks. Apple chips are a family favorite that are perfect just about any time of year and is especially tasty as a fall treat.
What are your favorite easy toddler snack ideas you make at home?
Sarah Schlichter is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition. She specializes in sports nutrition and intuitive eating, and recipe development. She also co-hosts the podcast, Nail Your Nutrition.