If you're raising your toddler as a vegan, or if your child has vegan friends, you may be wondering what to serve for their birthday party. With lots to keep them entertained, young children aren't known for their ability to sit still at the table, particularly when they have partners in crime. A finger food buffet can be the easiest option, but you won't be serving typical buffet food, such as sausage rolls and egg sandwiches, so what are your options? Here are five vegan finger foods that are perfect for a toddler's birthday party:
Sweet Potato Falafels
Made with gram flour, roasted sweet potatoes, cumin and coriander, these bitesize falafels are baked in the oven and have a delightful aromatic flavour. They can be served hot or cold and they are great for dipping into mild salsa and baba ganoush.
Coconut Tofu Bites
These flavour-packed tofu bites are inspired by Thai cuisine, but they are mild enough for young palates. The tofu is coated in a creamy sauce made with coconut milk, red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lime juice before being tossed in shredded coconut. They are baked in the oven until the coconut is golden brown and are very moreish.
Fresh and colourful, these pinwheels are made with corn tortillas that are filled with avocado, mild salsa, refried beans and roasted corn. They are easy to customise, so you can request whatever fillings your child enjoys, and they are sliced to fit nicely in little hands.
Made with sweet root vegetables, flour and garlic, these croquettes are rolled in quinoa and baked until golden on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Healthy, hearty and the other parents will be impressed you managed to include quinoa in a kids' buffet.
Chewy Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are chewy, sweet treats you don't have to feel guilty about. They are raw, free from refined sugar and the kids will love them. Dates give these treats a caramel flavour, and they are combined with coconut, oats and cocoa powder in a food processor and whizzed until smooth. The mixture is then rolled into balls and they are served chilled.
These finger foods are just a few examples of birthday party nosh little vegans will love. When organising finger food catering, sit down with your caterer, let them know what your child likes and ask for their suggestions.