Ready to feed your baby something more than sweet potato mush and pureed peas? Jump right into finger foods. Blueberries, o-shaped cereal and chunks of banana are obvious choices, but with a little creativity, the possibilities for opening up your tot’s food horizons are endless. Even without many (or any) teeth, you’d be surprised what delicious real food bites your tiny diner can enjoy. Here, find 12 recipes for baby’s first finger foods.

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1. Sweet Potato Chickpea Patties: Blend herbs, spices, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, whole grain flour and oat bran to make these hearty patties for your baby’s dinner. Find the recipe on Momtastic.

2. Banana Toast: A twist on traditional French toast, this recipe from One Handed Cooks adds mashed bananas to the dipping mixture. Cut into strips, it makes a yummy and easy to handle finger food.

3. Homemade Teething Biscuits: All you need is rice cereal, banana, wheat flour, cinnamon, coconut oil and water to make these teething life savers. Visit Sweet Treats & More for the recipe.

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4. DIY Yogurt Bites: You could buy them pre-made at the store, or save some cash and turn baby yogurt into bites with a cookie sheet, waxed paper and your freezer. Learn how thanks to DIY Danielle.

5. Apple and Cheese Quinoa Balls: Here’s an easy way for your baby to eat this super grain. Mix cooked quinoa with grated apple, cheese and egg. Brush with olive oil and bake as directed in the recipe by Little Grazers.

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6. Pumpkin Banana Pancakes: All you need is a ripe banana, pumpkin puree, eggs and baking powder to whip up these healthy first flapjacks for your baby. Find the recipe at Healthy Food for Living.

7. Banana Oatmeal Fingers: Cook oatmeal and banana together and then shape into easy to hold strips with the help of the how-to instructions on Thrifty Fun.

8. Broccoli and Cheese Muffins: Yogurt, broccoli and cheese, come together in these savory muffins that help deliver veggies in a fun-to-eat way. Get the recipe from Baby Led Weaning.

9. Carrot Zucchini Parsnip Frittata Fingers: Frittata becomes finger food when baked and cut into strips. This recipe from Taste.com packs in a big nutritional punch with three veggies.

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10. Steamed Veggie Spears: Cut carrots and zucchini into strips and broccoli into florets. Steam – softer for younger babies and harder for older tots – and serve.

11. Baby Turkey & Veggie Meatballs: Spinach, carrots and panko bread crumbs go into these baby-friendly, meaty bites created by Momma Always Knows.

12. Blueberry + Avocado Mini Muffins: You’d never guess these blueberry muffins pack the nutritional punch of avocado just by tasting them. Get the genius recipe from Baby Foode.

What’s your favorite baby finger food? Share your tips in a Comment.

–Julie Seguss