Finding wholesome snacks that are made with real, whole food ingredients for your picky toddlers can be a challenge. You’re looking or snacks full of nutrition like fiber, protein, and maybe even some vitamins and minerals, while your little ones tend to make a beeline for the most nutritiously void options possible. That’s why we’ve gathered up ten toddler snacks that are picky toddler-approved, but are actually good for them!
How to Make Toddler Snacks for Picky Eaters
Choosing toddler snacks for picky eaters can be a balancing act. You want to add as many nutritious ingredients (think: veggies) into the snack as possible, but you also want your little one to eat it. A lot of our snack picks below involve some degree of hiding veggies, but it’s important that the veggies not overpower the other ingredients, at least at first. Take, for example, the Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins with Oats listed below. You can start out by adding just a small amount of spinach to the recipe and slowly increasing the amount to get your little one used to the taste. You can do the same for practically any recipe.
Another tip to get picky toddlers to eat their veggies is by adding a dip. Kids love to dip their food because it’s a sensory experience. That’s why it’s a great idea to cut up some fresh fruit or veggies and offer it with a fun dip, such as ranch dressing, honey mustard, peanut butter, or Greek yogurt. Your little one is sure to eat more carrots when offered with ranch dressing than all on their own.
One last handy tip when feeding toddlers is to offer a wide variety of wholesome snacks and let your little one choose for herself which ones to eat. One way to do this is to fill a six-cup muffin tin with six different options. Fill each section with a different snack, such as cut up fruit, veggies, hard boiled eggs, macaroni, cheese cubes, or one of our snack options from below. Your little one is more likely to experiment with different snacks when they’re offered in small quantities rather than a large, overwhelming amount. Try it out!
Top 10 Toddler Snacks
If you’re looking for toddler snacks that are filled with real, wholesome ingredients that even picky eaters will gobble up, you’ve come to the right place. Here are ten toddler snacks your little ones will love:
1. Rainbow And Butterflies Bouquet
Packed with delightful pineapple creations, including daisies, butterflies, and hearts, and strawberries dipped in semisweet chocolate with brightly-colored Swizzle®, this assortment is perfect for tiny fingers looking to snack. Fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, and grapes top off the arrangement.
This sweet box includes an assortment of chocolate covered pineapple monkeys, plus banana bites covered in semisweet chocolate on one side and rich white chocolate on the other. They’re the perfect toddler snacks for curious little monkeys looking for an adventure.
3. Potato and Butternut Squash Tots
These little tots are packed with potato and butternut squash. Fried to perfection, they’re perfectly golden and crispy on the outside and are the perfect toddler snacks for tiny little fingers.
Made with old fashioned oats, honey, peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, and vanilla extract, these energy bites are wholesome and nutritious. Plus, older toddlers will love taking part in the baking process.
Veggies, protein, and whole grains are packed into fun, cheesy bites in this recipe. They’re so tasty, kids won’t even realize they’re good for them.
These bites of carrot cake are super quick and easy to make. Plus, they have all the flavors of carrot cake in a wholesome, bite-sized treat that’s perfect snacking for little kids.
7. Coconut Blueberry Smash Pops
What’s not to love about ice pops? These pops are made with coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and blueberries. The combination of coconut and blueberries is unexpectedly amazing and something the kids just gobble right up. These tasty toddler snacks are sure to be a hit.
These blueberry banana fritters are made with just three simple ingredients: bananas, sprouted wheat flour, and blueberries. Fried in coconut oil, they’re just the right size for tiny toddler fingers to pick up and eat.
9. Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins with Oats
These muffins taste like a treat, but are chock full of nutrition and whole grains, including spinach if you want to sneak it in to make them extra-wholesome toddler snacks. Two tips to make them even tastier: use over-ripe bananas to increase the sweetness, and warm the muffins slightly before eating.
10. Homemade Goldfish Crackers
Kids just love those popular fish-shaped crackers, but they’re full of processed ingredients. This homemade version is made with just cheddar cheese, butter, flour, salt, and cold water.
Your little one is sure to enjoy these wholesome and nutritious toddler snacks. They’re so yummy, your toddler one won’t even realize they’re full of vitamins and minerals that are actually good for them.