This frozen baby food dots recipe post was sponsored by Beech-Nut® Naturals™.
Frozen baby food dots are an easy finger food idea perfect for teething toddlers and self-feeders.
This baby food hack has been a total game changer in our house, so I wanted to take a minute to share it with you all today.
These frozen fruit and vegetable dots couldn't be any easier to make, made with just one household staple – Beech-Nut® Naturals™ baby food purees.
Finger Food for Toddlers
If your toddler is anything like my little guy, he would much rather feed himself than have mommy or daddy spoon feed him.
While he gets plenty of practice feeding himself, there are times when we would rather avoid the inevitable mess that goes along with learning how to use to spoon.
That is why I love these baby food dots. They are the perfect finger-food for self-feeders like our little guy.
Easy Way to Get Your Toddler to Eat More Veggies
It doesn't hurt that baby food dots are also a great way to sneak more vegetables into our son's diet.
Nathaniel typically refuses vegetables such as zucchini, peas, and carrots, but he will happily eat any flavor of Beech-Nut® Naturals™, which are purees made with real fruits and vegetables without anything artificial. I literally have yet to find a variety that he doesn't enjoy.
Turning a jar of baby food into frozen dots is such an easy way to make sure he is getting the nutrient-rich veggies that his little body needs.
Great Way to Use Up Extra Baby Food
Has your toddler started refusing baby food now that they moved up to finger foods?
Luckily, our son still loves his baby food purees, but I know some babies begin to refuse purees one they start self-feeding.
Making a few batches of frozen baby food dots would be a great way to use your jars of baby food to make something that your child can feed themselves.
Great for Teething
I have also found that these frozen fruit and veggie dots are an awesome treat for when my son is teething.
The cold baby food dots must feel great on his sore little gums, and likely help to give him some relief.
How to Make Frozen Baby Food Dots
As I said, making these baby food dots really couldn't be any easier. All you need are some supplies that you most likely have at home and one ingredient — baby food.
In our home, we love Beech-Nut® Naturals™ — their delicious baby food purees are 100% natural, nothing artificial.
Inspired by homemade, Beech-Nut® Naturals™ are made with real fruits and vegetables, just like you would use at home.
Some of our favorite Beech-Nut® Naturals™ varieties for making frozen baby food dots are:
- Just Carrot, Corn, & Pumpkin
- Just Pear & Blueberry
- Just Spinach, Zucchini, & Peas
- Just Apple & Kale
- Just Sweet Corn & Green Beans
But feel free to use whatever varieties you like!
As far as supplies, here is everything that you will need:
- sandwich baggie
- wax paper or parchment paper
- baking sheet
Start by lining your baking sheet with wax paper.
Then, spoon the baby food into a sandwich baggie.
Tip: place the baggie in a mason jar to hold it open
Use scissor to clip off just the corner of the baggie. Be careful not to cut too much!
Pipe small dots of baby food onto the lined baking sheet. Each dot should be just a little bit larger than a chocolate chip.
Once you have finished piping, place baking sheet in the freezer to let the dots freeze up. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer. Remove as needed and serve immediately.
The dots do begin to melt quickly after being removed from the freezer, so I like to remove just a couple at a time, then go back and grab more as he finishes them up.
One 4 oz jar of Beech-Nut® Naturals™ will make approx. 50 frozen baby food dots.
I hope your little one enjoys these tasty snacks!
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician before introducing new foods to you baby. Only a medical professional can determine whether a food is age appropriate and safe for your baby.
- 4-oz jar Beech-Nut® Naturals™ (any variety)
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Spoon baby food into sandwich baggie and snip the corner very slightly.
- Pipe small baby food dots onto lined baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in freezer until dots are frozen, at least 1 hour.
- Quickly transfer to an airtight container or baggie and place back in freezer. Remove as needed for serving.