I’m on an endless search for healthy snacks for toddlers. Sometimes dinner comes after other events like sports for my older children so I need a healthy snack for kids before we go to hold them over until dinner time. Coming up with ideas for snacks for toddlers can become exhausting and that is when we tend to resort to quick packages snacks.

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Don’t misunderstand, we eat our fair share of packaged snacks because life gets crazy! I strive to serve my kids as much fresh food as possible. So we always have quick snacks like whole fruit or precut melon or mango. But sometimes a carrot stick is just not as enticing as a package of crackers and that my friends are where this amazing bruschetta for kids comes in!

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My Recipe Inspiration Secret

As you may know, if you follow my healthy baby recipes, Dunnes Stores supports my quest for healthier kids. So when they asked me to come up with a yummy savoury healthy snack for toddlers I felt inspired.

I immediately headed to the produce section to see what inspired me. When I shop for a new recipe (if I don’t plan it out ahead of time) I like to only put items that inspire me into the cart. Then I evaluate what I have and sort of develop the recipe right then and there in the middle of Dunnes.

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Back to the Recipe!

Now that you know part of my creative secret, let’s talk about the actual bruschetta recipe! Don’t be intimidated when you look at the recipe list. Much of the ingredients are items you often already have like garlic, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil. Ther prep is quite easy too, for the pesto you throw all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

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Then you’ll want to chop up the tomatoes into small bits safe for your little one since this a healthy snack for toddlers… but you can have some too. 🙂 All of the remaining ingredients are stirred into the tomatoes and viola! Just serve the pesto on top of a baguette sliced into soldiers (sticks) for babies and toddlers with a little tomato on top.

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You can make this pesto ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Now you have a quick healthy snack for kids ready to go! The tomato mixture actually improves with a little sitting time, so this healthy bruschetta recipe is super for making ahead. I recommend storing for up to 4 days but it never lasts that long at my house.

Kale & Parsley Bruschetta for toddlers. Healthy ideas for snacks for toddlers and babies.

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and all of the ingredients can be found instore.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and if you would like more baby-led weaning recipes like this? I’m always looking for feedback because it helps us improve one recipe at a time.

Aileen xoxox

Kale & Parsley Bruschetta for toddlers. Healthy ideas for snacks for toddlers and babies. Bruschetta makes an excellent party food or side dish. #kale #bruschetta #babyledweaning #babyledfeeding #babyfood #appetizer

      • PREP TIME
      • 10 minutes
      • COOK TIME
      • 5 minutes
      • TOTAL TIME
      • 15 minutes
      • SERVES
      • 2 Adults 2 Children

What goes in...

  • 1 baguette (for smaller babies use a regular bread slice)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Pesto
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 pumpkin seeds
  • 2 large handfuls kale leaves
  • 2 large handfuls fresh parsley leaves
  • 15 cherry tomatoes
  • Handful fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

How to make it...

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.
  2.  Thinly slice the baguette, then place onto a baking tray and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven, then rub each piece with the garlic clove. A very small amount of garlic will be on the toast.
  4. To make the pesto, add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick you can add a little extra olive oil to thin it out.
  5. Finely chop the tomatoes and add to a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  6. To assemble the bruchetta, spoon 1 teaspoon of the pesto onto each bread piece, top with the tomato mixture.

* For smaller babies – cut a slice of bread into soldiers, lightly toast then serve in the same way.