Toddler sized pastry filled snails or parcels

There are days where feeding bub is just not straight forward. I am constantly trying to make sure she gets her balanced intake of veg, protein and dairy (I don’t really have to worry about fruit with my bub). Add on top of that her strong will and desire to feed herself using forks, spoons and even chopsticks, there are meals where I think only one or two noodles or peas actually make into her belly.

During weeks where I think she really hasn’t had the right mix, I’ll make some pastry items for her. My bub loves them because she likes bread and biscuits in general and these pastries are toddler hands friendly. I insert into these snails or parcels whatever I think she needs a boost of.

Below is an example.

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (defrost)
  • a small wedge of ricotta (around 100-150 g)
  • chopped spinach around 4-5 cups (more if you want to slightly cook it first)
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese melted/softened in microwave for 10 sec (pick ones which are salty if possible)
  • 1 cup ham or chicken breast (cooked)

Preheat oven 200 C.

Mix all ingredients together

To make the parcels, cut puff pastry into small squares and line a mini muffin tray, with the corners hanging out.  Then put a spoonful of the mixture into the centre, and bring the corners into the centre ontop of the mixture.

To make snails, cover the pastry with the mixture, and roll (like sushi). Cut into small sections and lay onto a tray with baking paper.

Put into the oven for 20-35 minutes, depending on how crunchy and golden brown you like them.

[I’ve also used peas, carrots, corn, minced pork – cooked first. You can be as creative as you want]


Toddler friendly banana, oat and honey muffins

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour (you can use self-raising but I don’t keep two types of flour at home)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup honey (you can add more or less, I don’t want mine to be too sweet)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of margarine (or similar) – melted (I put it into the microwave for 20sec)
  • 2 to 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Preheat oven 180 C.

Mix the wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Mix together.

Put into muffin trays, and bake until golden and to your liking.

My bub likes it crunchy on the top/outsides (she loves biscuits) so I leave it in the oven for 40-45 min (checking on them).

If you prefer it less crunchy, then 30min should be enough

I also use mini muffin trays for her, so she can hold it in one hand and it’s easier for her to manage.

🙂 Happy baking.


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