Cooking is a fantastic activity to enjoy with your children, helping to engage their creativity, get them excited about food and perhaps even test their taste buds a little bit. It is an especially good activity if your child is a fussy eater, as it may start to spark an interest in different ingredients and the cooking process. Depending on the age of your children, you can be as involved or not in the activity. For smaller children you may have to help chopping, mixing and putting things in and out of the oven, but for older children you may simply be an overseer during their baking extravaganza, as well as a taste tester.
Whilst there are a number of super healthy recipes you can involve your children in, a good way to picque their interest in the cooking process is to start with baking, as this is an easy first step into the world of cooking, plus the sugary treat at the end is bound to get your children jumping for joy!
This fabulously easy recipe is a perfect kid friendly baking activity, taking just 15 minutes to prepare.
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 150g chocolate chips, milk, white, dark or a mix of all three
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 150ml natural yogurt
- 100g unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl, then stir in the chocolate chips and sugar. Add the beaten eggs, yogurt and butter, and stir to combine. It doesn’t matter if the mixture looks a bit lumpy, it’s more important not to overmix or the muffins will turn out tough.
Fill the paper cases and bake for 20-25 mins until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool – or eat slightly warm. Will keep for three days in an airtight container.
Could it get any easier that this 2 ingredient Nutella cake?!
- 4 large eggs (room temperature)
- 240g Nutella
Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Line a 20cm round spring-form cake pan with baking paper and set aside. Place eggs into mixing bowl and beat on high speed until the mixture triples in volume. This will take 5-7 minutes.
Spoon Nutella into a medium glass bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds until it is soft. Spoon one third of the egg mixture and fold using a metal spoon to mix in Nutella until entirely combined. Continue with another third of egg mixture and then again until all the egg and Nutella is combined.
Spoon mixture into cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer placed into the centre comes out clean. Cool cake in pan entirely, before removing from pan. Slice and serve.
A delicious, moreish snack, that children of all ages can get involved in making.
- 175g Butter
- 175g Brown Sugar
- 300g Oats
- 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
- Couple drops of almond essence
Pre-heat oven to 160 C (320 F).
Melt the all ingredients (except the oats) in a heavy based saucepan over a low to moderate heat. Remove from the heat & add the oats into the saucepan, mixing really well.
Cover a medium sized baking tray with parchment baking paper and place mixture into the tray. Press the mixture into the tray with the back of a spoon. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes
After removing from the oven, leave to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into squares. Leave in the tray till fully cool before removing.