I’ve never been much of a packaged cookie kind of girl. Not only are homemade pretty easy to make, but they’re also more delicious and, honestly, come with built in portion control (I make just a few and save leftover dough in the freezer). The problem is that most of my favorite cookie recipes are packed with refined sugar, chocolate, butter, and other ingredients that we try to keep to a minimum for our littlest eaters. These healthy baby cookie recipes are different.
Lower in sugar and packed with nutrient dense ingredients, these wholesome cookies are perfect for finger-food ready babies and toddlers. They’re also quite delicious and, well, might do us parents some good, too. A break from sugar, chocolate, and butter never hurts. Especially when it tastes this good.
Top: Healthy Toddler Cookies at Teach Eat Love
The recipe for these DIY Baby Cookies at Smart Nutrition couldn’t be easier and include iron-fortified cereal to help meet the nutritional needs of little ones under 1-year-old. That’s more than you can say about a lot of teething biscuits that are made with nothing more than starch, sugar, and salt.
The homemade Teething Biscuits at Sweet Treats and More are another super easy recipe that calls for infant rice cereal and only 5 other easy ingredients (hello, water and banana). And, if you don’t have coconut oil, another neutral oil will do.
It’s getting easier to find healthy baby food options, but the same doesn’t seem to be true of toddler food. It’s like after the baby phase, little ones get pushed to the kids aisle which is packed with branded foods that are higher in sugar and more likely to have artificial ingredients. That’s why I love these Toddler Banana Bites at Super Healthy Kids. These are not quite as plain as the baby cookies, but still totally wholesome and naturally sweet, too.
The recipe for these Pumpkin Oatmeal Toddler Cookies at BabyFoodE looks a lot like a “grown up” cookie recipe at first glance. Brown sugar, check! Butter, check! Vanilla extract, check! But a closer look reveals that the sugar is relatively low and there are also oats and pumpkin puree to give these a boost of goodness.
I love anything sweet made with shredded carrot, so these Healthy Toddler Cookies (top) at Teach Eat Love are calling my name—and I don’t even have toddlers anymore. I just might have to invite my nephew over to share these soft cookies, which are made with nut butter for extra nutrition. Don’t worry, though, there’s also a nut-free version (above) if you need to avoid tree nuts for any reason.
Weelicious is the first place you should go if you’re looking for baby and toddler food inspiration. Catherine has lots of low-sugar cookie recipes for little ones, but I love these Nature Cookies because, well, we grown ups can happily eat them, too! I always say: If you’re going to put the effort into making cookies, you should enjoy the reward of eating cookies.