Figs are one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans. Children have been eating figs for over 11,000 years, yet I don’t meet a lot of toddlers who eat them until they are in feeding therapy with me. Figs are a perfect fruit for toddlers because they are packed with fiber and potassium. When ripe, the outside of the fruit is easy to chew and the interior is creamy with soft edible seeds – a great texture for little mouths! Here are some of my yummy ways to introduce figs to toddlers.

Sugary: Take a fig and cut an ‘x’ at the top deep enough to pour in a little honey and softened butter. It is a delicious dessert at room temperature or warmed up. If you bake the fig for a few minutes it will just melt in your mouth!

Cheesy: Take a fig and cut an ‘x’ at the top deep enough to put in some goat cheese, cream cheese or feta crumbles. The creamy texture of the fig with soft cheese makes this treat easy for kids to chew and enjoy.

Meaty: Take a fig and cut an ‘x’ at the top deep enough to put in some cut-up bacon or ham. Or, even better, wrap the meat around the fig! My personal favorite, which is also successful with some of my pickiest eaters, is a combination of the above plus some prosciutto! Here is a picture of a fig filled with goat cheese, a little honey and wrapped with prosciutto. Yummy!

Figs have a short shelf life, so once you purchase them, try out these quick recipes and let us know how your little ones liked it! If your toddler enjoys a fig recipe you make, please share it with us! #ezpzfun #figs 

Happy Feeding!

Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a “Ms. Dawn”, has treated thousands of kids across the globe by helping families overcome picky eating stages and food refusals, while adding new foods into their diet. Her high success rate is attributed to Ms. Dawn bringing her education, experience, sense of humor and her favorite feeding products to the family dinner table.

You will find Ms. Dawn’s expert feeding advice to be positive and fun for the entire family! She adapts complicated feeding/swallowing research and makes it practical and easy for parents! Get ready to learn the science behind your favorite feeding products and ways to bring happy family mealtimes back!

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