Are you looking for some finger food ideas that the whole family can enjoy altogether? Stop right here! These sweet potato fries for babies, toddler and older kids are so easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve them as a side with the main or even as a little snack. Enjoy!
Sweet potatoes are one of the first vegetables that new parents usually introduce to their babies whether they follow the Baby Led Weaning method or doing purées. The reason is that sweet potato has a naturally sweet flavor that little ones of any age love, they have more nutrients than regular potatoes and are quite soft when cooked.
This recipe for sweet potato fries for babies, toddlers and older kids is very easy to make and you can even let your little toddler or preschooler help you prepare them. You can give your little one a crinkle cutter or a toddler safe knife to use and cut them into wedges or you could let him help you with seasoning the wedges and placing them on the tray.
For babies starting their solids journey, sweet potato fries are a delicious and nutritious finger food that not only provides a tasty introduction to new flavors but are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals. I like to serve them with some protein like my soft and juicy baked meatballs and some green veggies, like steamed broccoli or green beans.
👩🏻🍳 Why you should try my recipe
- Easy to prep, not requiring many cooking skills.
- Simple spices to elevate the flavor of the sweet potato.
- Perfect for babies and toddlers to hold with their little hands.
- Great as a side dish or a little snack to nibble on.
- Suitable for babies that follow the Baby Led Weaning method.
To make these blw friendly sweet potato fries, we will need one sweet potato, some olive oil, oregano, sweet paprika and ground allspice.
For older kids and adults, you could add some salt.
For full quantities and to print the recipe see the recipe card down below.
🔪 Step-by-step Instructions
So get your ingredients ready and let's get started!
01. To start, I'm preparing the sweet potato. I'm peeling it and then I cut it into slices about 0.5in or 1.5cm thick. I like to use a crinkle cutter to get that extra texture on all sides but you can definitely use a regular knife instead.
02. Then for each slice, I cut it into finger-size pieces and put them in a bowl to add the seasoning.
03. In the bowl, I'm adding all the spices, ground allspice, oregano, sweet paprika and the olive oil. I'm mixing everything well with my fingers to coat all the sweet potato fries.
04. On a tray lined with parchment paper, I lay the sweet potato fries, leaving a finger space between them to keep the air flow.
05. I bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes max. Enough time to get soft inside.
- You could use a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg instead of ground allspice.
- You could use any oil of your preference instead of olive oil.
🍽 Serving suggestions
Babies (6-12 months): You could serve these sweet potato fries as a side with some chicken strips or beef meatballs and some veggies like broccoli or green beans.
They are a great finger food for babies as they are soft and easy to hold with their little hands.
All other ages: For all other ages, children and adults, you could serve them with some meat and veggies on the side or a salad. Sprinkle a little bit of salt on top of your serving if you haven't added any to the prebaked seasoning.
If you have any leftovers of these sweet potato fries, then I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the fridge for a day. You could warm them up in the microwave for half a minute before serving.
- Leave a finger space between them on the lined baking tray to allow the air to flow.
- Using a crinkle cutter can help adding some texture and it's easier for little ones to hold.
Sweet potato gets very soft when cooked, making it suitable for babies starting solids. You could offer it mashed with other veggies and meat, as an ingredient in pancakes and fritters, or cut into wedges and baked with spices.
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet making them a great choice for babies starting solids or for toddler's snack and side dish.
Sweet Potato Fries For Babies & Toddlers
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon allspice ground
- ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
- Peel the sweet potato and cut it into slices about 0.5in or 1.5cm thick.
- Cut each slice into wedges about the size of your index finger.
- Add the sweet potato wedges to a bowl. Add the ground allspice, sweet paprika, oregano and olive oil. Mix everything well.
- Place the wedges on a tray lined with parchment paper, leaving a finger space between them.
- Bake in a preheated oven to 400℉ / 200℃ for 15 minutes.
- For children greater than 12 months, you could add a little bit of salt in the seasoning or when serving.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.