If you have a toddler who's dairy-free, you'll know only too well that it can be tough finding suitable food for them at parties or when you're eating out. So when it comes to their birthday party, you'll want them to enjoy the freedom of being able to eat everything that's available. Catering companies will be more than happy to make whatever foods you'd like, but what should you request? If you're struggling to come up with dairy-free party food ideas that are toddler-friendly, try these suggestions:
Baked Vegetable Croquettes
Made with eggs, flour and fresh vegetables, these sausage-shaped croquettes are baked until crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Popular vegetable fillings include sweetcorn, broccoli, peas and carrots, but you can request whatever vegetables your child enjoys.
Pitta Fingers With Dips
Long strips of chewy pitta bread are ideal for little hands to hold, and they'll have fun trying a variety of dips. Suitable dips include hummus, mild salsa, nut butter and baba ganoush.
Turkey Roll Ups
Tender slices of turkey breast are topped with fillings of your choice and rolled up to create bread-free wraps. Fillings that work well with turkey include mashed avocado, hummus, mild salsa, sliced cucumber and roasted red pepper strips.
Peanut Butter And Banana Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are a toddler favourite and work well with classic peanut butter and banana. If you want to jazz them up, you can sprinkle them with cinnamon, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs or shredded coconut.
No one wants to give sharp kebab skewers to toddlers, but soft fruit can easily be skewered with wooden ice cream sticks, and the rounded ends make these a safe choice for young kids. Strawberries, kiwi slices, melon, mango and banana work well, and you can also serve fruit skewers with a dipping sauce, such as whipped coconut cream, avocado chocolate or honey and nut butter.
Coconut Bliss Balls
These raw treats are made without refined sugar, and the kids will love how sticky their fingers get when eating them. Dates are blended with oats, shredded coconut, maple syrup and cocoa powder, and the mixture is rolled into bite-sized balls.
These are just a few finger food catering options for your toddler's birthday party. Your chosen catering company will be happy to make further suggestions and work with you to come up with a menu that everyone will enjoy.