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Frozen Banana Crunch Popsicles

Frozen Banana Crunch Popsicles

02/05/2014

Frozen Banana Crunch Popsicles This is a fun alternative to an ice lolly, with a portion of fruit shoehorned in. We found it on Baking Bites and there are clear instructions there on how to make it. Because the banana is frozen and has a sweetened crunchy coating it feels more of a treat. We have also seen versions using crushed up Special K type cereals - especially good are the ones with the berries as you get little flakes of chewy red in the coating. You can use a pes...

Fruity Heart Kebabs

Fruity Heart Kebabs

04/02/2014

Fruity Heart Kebabs Lots of Valentine's snacks are heavy on the processed sugar, so here is a sweet treat which uses fun shaped fruit instead from Babble.com   This recipe uses heart shaped cookie cutters to make fruity hearts to thread on a kebab stick. Children love food on skewers, so why not use get them to help you make a fruity snack for Valentine's Day. The recipe uses variety of fruit such as melon, apples, or pears. Don't forget,i...

Frozen Grape Lollies

Frozen Grape Lollies

31/01/2014

Frozen Grape Lollies (Popsicles) We found this cool and simple idea on the lovely Make and Takes website. It's incredibly simple - basically a grape fruit kebab - but by freezing it, you make a sweet treat which can replace an iced lolly. The site uses detailed photo instructions on what to do, showing the children making their own popsicles so your children can look at the article and do this themselves without much adult help. You can find the recipe h...

Snowman Pancakes

Snowman Pancakes

29/11/2013

Snowman Pancakes When it's cold outside and you want a hot breakfast (or if, on the other hand, your kids are dying for snow days and there haven't been any for EVER) why not start with this fun snowman pancake? We found this version on The Shabby Nest, using pancakes, chocolate chips and bacon. If it's a school day and not a treaty lazy Sunday morning you don't have to include the marshmallows (or other versions use whipped cream). You could use circle slices of banana for th...

Pumpkin Pie-sicles

Pumpkin Pie-sicles

24/10/2013

Pumpkin Pie-sicles Here's a strange and fun recipe to get children to try a squash! This recipe from Spoonful, uses pureed butternut squash (or pumpkin) and a little sugar and cream to make a frozen lolly which tastes like pumpkin pie filling. This is a sweet treat, not an everyday healthy recipe, but it is easy for children to make with you and might tempt them to try something new. Why not try it for Halloween? UK readers or anyone else who can't get ...

Home Made Microwave Popcorn

Home Made Microwave Popcorn

04/10/2013

Home Made Microwave Popcorn I have yet to meet a child who doesn't like popcorn, but lots of children have never made it themselves. Of course you can buy microwave popcorn packs which are small convenient packs, but (like individual porridge packets) they are a lot more expensive than portioning it for yourself and also tend to be filled with lots of added sugar or salt. And although I love the occasional bag of ready popped toffee popcorn, it really is a very sugary, occa...

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms

04/10/2013

Drinking Straw Jelly Worms This is a cool idea which has been all over the internet, how to make your own jelly (Jello) worms using drinking straws. It was posted on more or less every kids' food board on Pinterest and re-printed all over the web. It looks like a great idea in principle, and really caught everyone's imagination. We've looked at various different versions to see whether it really works. The original recipe came from a site called Instructables.It uses a mixture...

Fruit and cheese kebabs by two very giggly chefs

Fruit and cheese kebabs by two very giggly chefs

22/08/2013

Giggly Chefs Cook Fruit and Cheese Kebabs This is a fantastic video from "Mahtab's Big Kid Cooking Show" on YouTube. You can see first hand how much your own kids will love making these tasty snacks! It's a lovely little video with the kids laughing and enjoying themselves whilst making these healthy but very yummy kebabs and crackers. Some pre-chopping will have to be done by parents if you use fruits which are larger, but the rest can be done by the ...

Cereal Bracelet Craft

Cereal Bracelet Craft

22/08/2013

Cereal Bracelet Craft This is a great activity for kids to do on rainy days, using basic materials and providing a healthy snack at the end! We found it on the No Time For Flash Cards website and we think it is a lovely idea to make a cereal bracelet which is a healthy alternative to the classic 'candy bracelet'. You can also use wool or string instead of pipe cleaners, as long as whatever you choose is clean so that kids can eat the cereal off it. By sorting the cereal into colour...

Go Eat Dirt!

Go Eat Dirt!

07/08/2013

Go Eat Dirt! Mud Pie Puddings Kids will absolutely love creating this garden-themed pudding which we found on the No Time For Flash Cards website. Everybody knows kids love playing with dirt, and this recipe is not just great fun but a delicious treat. Using bits of pudding or mousse and some minibeast sweets, kids can play in the mud and eat it too! Make sure you get kids out to play with real mud too, but that they don't eat it that time! There are ve...

Butterfly Banana Muffins

Butterfly Banana Muffins

06/06/2013

Butterfly Banana Muffins This is a really nice idea for decorating cupcakes that we found on KiddieFoodies using fresh fruit and whipped cream. This website has a recipe for the cakes, but you could use any recipe or shop bought cakes topped with icing, cream cheese, whipped cream or any other topping of your choice to stick the fruit on. You can find the recipe here. For UK readers, the measurements in this recipe are in cups so remember to use this handy convers...

Ladybird Pretzels

Ladybird Pretzels

06/06/2013

Ladybird Pretzels This is a lovely recipe idea from the MyCrunchyLife blog that your kids will love helping out with. It involves dunking pretzels in chocolate which younger children will love, and slightly older children could have a go at piping icing spots and eyes on.  They look really effective! We particularly like this recipe because there are step by step picture instructions and she doesn't try to give the impression that everything will go perfectly every ti...

Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

09/05/2013

Homemade Apple Chips Kids like crispy chips and the sweetness of apple chips (crisps) makes them a perfect snack but the dried ones in the shops are really pricy. This video from Weelicious shows how to make apple crisps at home with kids (or indeed next to them while they stuff fresh slices in their mouth as in this case!). The video is American and gives an oven temperature of 250 degrees (other recipes give 200 degrees, but for those of you in the UK on centigrade o...

Fruit Peacock

Fruit Peacock

09/05/2013

Fruit Peacock This is a cute idea from canadianfamily.ca, a peacock shape made from various fruits. There is more than one portion of fruit here, so it is a great after school snack to share, or an addition to your party table. The only tool needed is a knife, and the pattern is simple enough for young children to enjoy making. This recipe can be found here. ...

Rainbow Sticks

Rainbow Sticks

03/05/2013

Rainbow Sticks (Fruit Kebabs) We found this great idea on the Jo's Nursery page on pinterest. Why not make and eat these in combination with learning the rainbow song. Younger children could be finding out about different colours, or older children could be learning about the role of colours in food and health. Get children to assemble these themselves, following the colour order. You can find the image here. If you want to use the rainbow song, but realise that it doesn't l...

Dessert Quesadilla

Dessert Quesadilla

22/04/2013

Dessert Quesadilla On the Five Little Chefs website, they have an recipe for a sweet quesadilla, perfect for pudding or an after school treat. With banana, chocolate, sugar and cinnamon it's quite rich, but will surely go down a treat! You can find the recipe here. ...

Mrs Hein's Sugar Cookies

Mrs Hein's Sugar Cookies

22/04/2013

Mrs Hein's Sugar Cookies This lovely article explaining what it's like cooking with kids and giving some tips on improving harmony in the kitchen is from the Four Plus An Angel website. The recipe they use for sugar cookies is a good one to choose with children to help with as there is plenty of fun to be had with sprinkles and balls of dough. You can find the recipe here. ...

Healthy Popsicles

Healthy Popsicles

19/04/2013

Healthy Popsicles This recipe is from the Kids Cooking Channel on Youtube. In this recipe they use pomegranate juice, fruit, yoghurt, cocnut oil, and baby rice. The baby rice is great for thickening and is also fairly cheap, but you could swap any of these for a similar alternative. You can also find their recipe here. ...

Funny Bunny Pears

Funny Bunny Pears

12/04/2013

Funny Bunny Pears This recipe is from the Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons blog, it’s a great way to decorate your pears as the Easter Bunny or for any time of the year. Unlike a lot of novelty recipes this is mainly fruit. Once the initial cuts are made the rest is great fun for the kids to see their bunny take shape! You can find the recipe here. ...

Peanut Butter Banana Split Sandwich

Peanut Butter Banana Split Sandwich

26/02/2013

Peanut Butter Banana Split Sandwich This delicious recipe, an alternative take on your classic banana split, will certainly be a hit with the kids! This recipe was taken from inspiredrd and includes many lovely pictures of Joe and Leila, young children themselves, making the sandwich. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find the simple list of ingredients which you can then print off. ...

Marble Cake (Cow hide cake)

Marble Cake (Cow hide cake)

14/02/2013

Marble Cake If you've ever wondered how the colours get swirled around in a marble cake, here's a recipe for your kids to make where you can all find out! This recipe was taken from the Dorling Kindersley's Children's Baking Book, which does have a lot of good recipes for kids. It's surprisingly easy for how well it turns out. It's one of the recipes we picked to test out in our family recipe testing blog, so if you fancy making the ...

Easy Apple Cobbler video

Easy Apple Cobbler video

14/02/2013

Easy Apple Cobbler Video This very sweet video of two year old Matilda and her Daddy Franklin caught our eye on youtube. The recipe uses a cool shortcut - pre-made croissant dough - you could also use a chilled puff pastry or filo with a little sugar if you can't get hold of croissant dough. It's a very sweet video and something you can easily try out youself. ...

Valentine Heart Cookies

Valentine Heart Cookies

13/02/2013

Valentine Heart Cookies These lovely pink and red heart shaped cookies are a sweet idea for children to make in time for Valentines Day. Young children love all the hearts and flowers on Valentines day and the 'ugh icky romance' reaction usually hasn't kicked in yet, so make the most of it and get them baking! The recipe uses a brand of Valentines chocolate chips which not everyone will be able to get, however most large supermarkets and cake supply stores have some kind of pink or red...

Instant Chocolate Mousse

Instant Chocolate Mousse

26/10/2012

Instant Chocolate Mousse This yummy chocolate mousse will be loved by kids of all ages and is a slightly healthier version, as it's made using greek yogurt which makes it a much lighter mousse. We found this delicious recipe on the My Daddy Cooks website and it is also accompanied by a step by step video of Nick and his son Archie making the mousse themselves. We like this recipe both because it is a lighter version of your n...

Blueberry and Vanilla Cream Pancakes

Blueberry and Vanilla Cream Pancakes

13/08/2012

Blueberry and Vanilla Cream Pancakes This is a delicious recipe that we found on the Sainsbury's Little Ones website. These pancakes  are a great way to serve up blueberries and make the perfect summertime dessert. You can find the recipe here. ...

Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding

19/07/2012

Summer Pudding This recipe, written especially for cooking with children, comes from Xanthe Clay, food and cookery journalist with the Weekend Telegraph. It makes a delicious, simple pudding which children can help to make and, of course, eat!  You can use the seasonal berries available in the shops at the moment or substitute with frozen berries if you prefer. You can download the recipe here....

Peach Melba Knickerbocker Glory

Peach Melba Knickerbocker Glory

17/07/2012

Peach Melba Knickerbocker Glory Make the most of the seasonal berries and stone fruits available in the supermarkets right now. This recipe from BBC GoodFood combines peaches and raspberries to make a heavenly retro pud that the kids can help make and are sure to enjoy. You can find the recipe here.  ...

Carrot and Courgette Muffins

Carrot and Courgette Muffins

02/07/2012

Carrot and Courgette Muffins This is a delicious recipe that we found on the Cbeebies website. It comes from the I Can Cook TV series which aims to get kids busy in the kitchen and experimenting with a variety of different foods. This recipe is perfect for using up a glut of carrots and courgettes, and makes ideal snacks for the kids' lunchboxes. You can find the recipe here....

Make a fairy fruit wand

Make a fairy fruit wand

29/06/2012

Make a fairy fruit wand These make the perfect healthy treat for any little girl's summer birthday party. We found the idea over at Pottery Barn Kids, a website that includes lots of party ideas as well as advice on decorating kids' rooms. They have a good section on planning a garden party, which is where we found the fruit wands. If you have any problems loading the video instructions here, head on over to their website and watch the instructi...

Olympic Doughnuts

Olympic Doughnuts

21/06/2012

Olympic Doughnuts We thought kids would enjoy making (and eating!) these colourful doughnuts during the Olympic Games. The recipe is from Activity Village, a website that provides a whole range of free kids' activities. You can find the recipe here. Make your own doughnuts? You can use shop bought doughnuts but you could have a go at making your own. We found a great recipe over on the Goodtoknow website...

Delicious Dandelions

Delicious Dandelions

31/05/2012

Delicious Dandelions Did you know that dandelion leaves make a nutritous addition to salads and savoury baking? Medicinal Chef, Dale Pinnock, uses them in some of his recipes but we added them to our own  recipe for herbed mini muffins and the results are delicious. They make ideal snacks and are perfect for children's lunch boxes.   For about 12 - 18 mini muffins: 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 cup grated che...

Jubilee Fruit Sticks

Jubilee Fruit Sticks

30/05/2012

Jubilee Fruit Sticks We found these fab fruit sticks over at Nature Detectives who have a whole Jubilee party pack that you can download for free. We like this recipe because it's something the kids can do with very little help, and the resulting red, white and blue fruit kebabs are both healthy and yummy too! You can find the recipe here. ...

Frozen Berry Ice Cubes

Frozen Berry Ice Cubes

25/05/2012

Frozen Berry Ice Cubes We found this idea over on Going Home to Roost, a website dedicated to simple living and organic gardening. Kids will love making these colourful ice cubes, and it's a fun way to get them to try some new fruits! You can find the recipe here....

Strawberry Yogurt Lollies

Strawberry Yogurt Lollies

25/05/2012

Strawberry Yogurt Lollies We found this delicious recipe for frozen yogurt lollies on the Yeo Valley website. The kids can help with the measuring, blending and pouring, and, of course, the eating! They make a great summertime treat. You can find the recipe here....

Rainbow Jellies

Rainbow Jellies

17/05/2012

Rainbow Jellies This is a really simple idea that we found over at Kidzspot, a New Zealand parenting website full of information, advice and ideas. We like this recipe because it's so easy. With a little help, kids can make and pour the jellies, and the end result makes ideal party food! Make it the day before though, as you have to leave enough time to let each layer set. You can find the recipe here. This recipe ...

Chocolate Krispies

Chocolate Krispies

26/04/2012

Chocolate Krispies Who doesn't love chocolate krispie cakes?? We found this really simple recipe over at Helen Redfern's blog. We like it because all the ingredients go into the pan at once - no fiddly bain maries! You can find the recipe here. ...

Strawberry Almond Banana Yoghurt Smoothie

Strawberry Almond Banana Yoghurt Smoothie

20/04/2012

Strawberry Almond Banana Yoghurt Smoothie This recipe is over on the ZisBoomBah site. It's a great recipe because it's easy and doesn't require any sharp knives (the strawberries have to be hulled, so if they are not very ripe the odd one may need a knife, but most should pull out). Despite being easy, it is delicious and contains almonds for a bit of protein and sustained energy. The site provides a full nutritional breakdown of each ingredient and the recipe overall, wh...

Little Ladies make vanilla cheesecake

Little Ladies make vanilla cheesecake

04/03/2011

Little Ladies Make Vanilla Cheesecake These two adorable sisters show you how to make cheesecake. They are using american measurements but you can always get these converted on the internet. They are very keen on their brands of fairtrade sugar and vanilla! I think it's a nice recipe for your children to copy as there is no hob work or knives involved. ...

Fab Fruit Jelly

Fab Fruit Jelly

04/03/2011

Fab Fruit Jelly Shop bought jellies are dead convenient, but they are full of additives - an occasional treat. If you make your own jelly, though, you can indulge a bit more often. It's a great way to use some lovely ripe summer fruits when they're in season and cheap, but can also be made in the middle of a miserable winter day to brighten your spirits with frozen berries. This recipe was given to me by Fi Bird of Stirrin Stuff. It makes 3-4 servings. Ingre...

Kiwi Sorbet

Kiwi Sorbet

28/02/2011

Kiwi Sorbet We've all bought a pack of kiwis and found that they've all started to get over ripe at the same time. Here's a great recipe which needs very ripe kiwis and apart from the syrup heating stage, the kids can join in with all the other jobs. This recipe was given to me by food writer Fi Bird of Stirrin Stuff. It makes about 600ml which is about 4 servings. Ingredients 150g golden granulated sugar 300ml water 6 ripe k...

No Bake Choc Apricot Oat Treats

No Bake Choc Apricot Oat Treats

10/02/2011

No Bake Choc Apricot Oat Treats This is a clever and more nutritious (but still very treaty) variation on the crushed-biscuit-no-bake-choc-slice so beloved by everyone. It uses smashed up oatcakes and dried apricots instead. This recipe was given to me by Fiona Bird of Kids Kitchen. It makes about 24 cakes using a mini-muffin or cupcake tin. Ingredients 100g rough oatcakes 150g dark chocolate 50g butter 2 tablespoons dr...

Yummy Scrummy Oaty Biscuits

Yummy Scrummy Oaty Biscuits

22/11/2010

Yummy Scrummy Oaty Biscuits You can never have too many successful biscuit recipes. Biscuit dough is great for kids to make, no rising, and easy to mix. Here's a fab 'throw it all in and stir' oaty biscuit recipe being cooked by Dora and Jemima - two of the mini chefs at the Gardening With Children team. ...

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

22/11/2010

Elderflower Cordial Although elderflower cordial requires pouring some boiling water, and therefore very little children can't complete the whole process, there is so much they can help with. They can help to find and pick the elderflower heads, wash them and take all the creepy crawlies out of them, strain them off and then enjoy the results. They will enjoy the magic of the fact that they were picked for free! Here is a nice version of an elder...

Healthy Monkey Smoothie

Healthy Monkey Smoothie

07/09/2010

Healthy Monkey Smoothie This fab little video is from youtube's HappyHealthySteph. Jonathon Jr and his assistant Sunny show you how they make a banana and peanut butter chocolate smoothie. They're doing a fab job, too! COCOA! ...

Blackberry Muffins

Blackberry Muffins

02/02/2010

Blackberry Muffins One of the most fun things to do when you're a kid is pick blackberries. The trick is getting any home without them all being scoffed while you're collecting them! If you're picking in a town or city, be careful not to pick on main roads where there will be a lot of traffic pollution, or near the ground where over-excited dogs may have made their mark!   Food writer Amanda Grant's website has this great, easy muffins recipe using blackberries. ...

Choccy Courgette Cupcakes

Choccy Courgette Cupcakes

24/06/2009

Choccy Courgette Cupcakes   These delicious chocolate not only sneak in a vegetable to a rich choccy recipe (you can not taste them AT ALL), but they are beautifully moist, and the natural sugars in the courgette also mean it contains less sugar than some other conventional chocolate muffins, so it's a win, win, win! Makes 24 cupcakes Ingredients 3 eggs 50ml vegetable oil 100ml milk 200g soft brown sugar 250g plain flour 60g cocoa 1 tsp...

Chilly Berry Tart

Chilly Berry Tart

30/05/2009

Chilly Berry Tart Ingredients: 125g digestive biscuits 1 tbsp sugar 75g melted butter 225g cream cheese 225g crème fraiche 500g strawberries  Put the biscuits in a food bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are crumbs. Mix them well with the butter and sugar and put the mix into a 25cm ish wide dish. Press the crumbs down well all over – use your knuckles or the back of a spoon. Put the tart base in the freezer while ...

Orange Jelly Boats

Orange Jelly Boats

04/05/2009

Orange Jelly Boats This activity was sent in by Safe And Sound Daycare, a childminding practice in Brighton and Hove, who made it with their children. You will need: Oranges rice paper gelatine How we made them: We went to the supermarket to purchase the ingredients. We cut the oranges in half and took out the flesh. We used the flesh to make the jelly and poured the mixture into the orange shells. While the jelly was setting we cut out rice pa...

Rhubarb Cookies

Rhubarb Cookies

18/04/2009

Rhubarb Cookies This is an unusual way to get children eating rhubarb. The little pieces take on a slightly chewy texture against the lovely soft cookie, and is a great combination. Ingredients: 100g butter 200g sugar 1 egg 225g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp cinnamon 200g rhubarb, chopped into small cubes 100g raisins 2 tbsp milk Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C Mix the butter and sugar together until they ...

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