This flavorful Roasted Broccoli Finger Food recipe is a great way to add nutrient dense broccoli to your baby’s and toddler’s diet. This recipe can be served to babies 6 months and up and is perfect for both the finger food stage or if you are doing Baby-Led Weaning.
Getting babies, toddlers or kids to actually eat broccoli is always somewhat of a stressful situation. You serve them this stalking yet shrubby green vegetable and then you hold your breath while secretly crossing your fingers and toes that it won’t be thrown right back in your face or pushed off of their high chair tray.
At least this is what always happened at my house when serving broccoli.
Then I discovered my secret weapon – roasting the broccoli!
Could it be that easy?
Turns out, yes it can!
One night for dinner, I roasted a pan of broccoli with a generous amount of garlic and olive oil drizzled on top. This broccoli was more for my husband and myself than for my baby girl. But when we all sat down to the table together, Ellie reached over her high chair tray and grabbed a handful of broccoli right off of my husbands plate before she shoved the entire fistful of broccoli right into her mouth with glee. It was at that moment when I knew I had something.
5 years later and I am still making this easy yet addicting broccoli recipe for my family.
And to this day, both of my girls still love broccoli served this way!
Who would have known all it would take is roasting the broccoli to get my kiddos to fall in love with it!
And it’s SO easy to make!
Broccoli florets are simply tossed with a little oil (avocado, coconut or olive depending on what you have on hand) and then sprinkled with a pinch of garlic powder and then roasted until crispy yet tender. I find that when roasted, the intense broccoli flavor simmers down a little leaving an earthy and almost caramelized flavor that baby’s delicate taste buds immediately respond to.
The Power of Broccoli
Broccoli – as a cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is seen as one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Filled with vast amounts of folate, mangaese and vitamins K, C, A and B6, Broccoli is known to promote bone, brain, teeth and gum health, as well as cancer prevention, liver protection and about 20 other amazing health benefits. Getting your little one to love broccoli from the start is key to an overall healthy diet.
Oil (olive, coconut or avocado) – using oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut or avocado oil in baby’s diet will provide baby with a good source of healthy fats that will help with brain development, heart health, protect against free-radicals causing cancer. Make sure you use high-quality oils that are not mixed with any other oils such as canola, soy or vegetable oils, which are not good for baby’s health.
Garlic – I used garlic powder in this recipe because I felt when I used minced garlic, the tiny pieces where just a little too intense for baby’s delicate taste buds. I use high quality garlic powder (this is the one I use) that still has a ton of health benefits to it. Garlic is known for helping prevent cancer and heart disease but it is also has antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties can help relieve the common cold as well as other infections. When baby gets older, make sure to try real minced garlic in this recipe for even more health benefits.
How to Make Roasted Broccoli Finger Food for Baby + Toddler
There are 2 Ways to Serve Finger Foods to Baby
As you can see below in the picture, there are two common ways to serve finger foods to baby –
Chopped into small ‘pea’ size pieces
Both of these ways are completely okay for babies 6 months and up to try. And while both the strips and chopped pieces are an excellent way for baby to self feed, babys’ themselves might have a way they prefer their foods served. One of my daughters wouldn’t touch finger foods unless it were chopped into small pieces while my other daughter loved her finger foods in both strips and chopped-up form. So try serving finger foods both ways to your baby to see which way, if any, your baby likes their food best.
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1 cup broccoli florets
1-2 teaspoon oil (olive, avocado or coconut)
1 pinch garlic powder
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
2. Place the broccoli florets onto the baking sheet. Drizzle the broccoli with the oil and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder. Toss the broccoli with your hand or tongs until the broccoli is well coated in the oil.
3. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast for 20 minutes or until tender when pricked with a fork.
4. Let cool.
5. You can serve the broccoli to baby and toddler in 2-3” strips or chop them into small ‘pea’ size pieces.