It’s been a long time since I posted any baby food recipes, mostly because my little man Grayson (now 13 months and walking), finally reached his “picky stage”, refusing to eat anything presented on a spoon. This leaves out most baby food.
Instead, I have to make up creative baby finger foods, like these sweet potato bites. They are naturally sweet and delicious and the soft potato is easy for babies and toddlers to eat. This was one of the first finger foods I gave Grayson and they are still one of his favorites – on most days.
Every now and then, I’ll make a batch with a touch of maple syrup. They are a little sticky, but make a delicious, healthy treat that are better than cookies. I usually have to hold myself back from eating them all, so make a few extra just in case someone gets hungry.
Sweet Potato Bitesappropriate for babies who are crawling and feeding themselves
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
Preheat oven to 425° F/ 220° C.
Chop sweet potato into small chunks or strips, about ¼ - 1/2 inch thick. They will shrink a little during cooking, so keep that in mind.
Line a baking sheet with foil and add the sweet potato. Sprinkle with olive oil and maple syrup (if using). Toss the sweet potato until well coated and arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until soft and barely brown on the edges, turning once during cooking. Be careful not to let them burn (if using maple syrup, they burn more easily).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.