Cooking with kids is fun and well worth the mess! Kids love to roll up their sleeves, don an apron and get cooking. And they particularly love baking – perhaps it’s the sweet end result! Cupcakes are a firm favourite in my house, but why not let the kids try their hand at something new? Here’s 10 Easy Peasy Baking Recipes for Kids to inspire and delight, and guarantee clean plates all round!
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#1. Quick and Easy Pizza
With 2 young daughters (who have a better social life than me!) our house is often full of school friends. They all love pizza as a treat, but their tastes vary so much it is difficult to keep everyone happy.
In the spirit of healthier eating and as a fun activity, I give over my kitchen to an army of young bakers, who regularly create their own Pizza masterpieces, with the toppings they love!
“How?” I hear you ask, simple really, just follow my Quick Pizza Dough Recipe and give each child a ball of dough to shape as they wish. Or better still, let them make the dough. Leave out bowls of suitable toppings, passata tomato sauce and grated cheese for them to decorate and you will have happy children and clean plates!
#2. Fruit Crumb Bars
These delicious Blueberry Crumb Bars can be whizzed up in the food processor and make a great lunch box treat as an alternative to shop bought cereal bars.
The Blueberries can be replaced by other fruits and you could add nuts for extra bite.
#3. Rory’s Sugar Cookies
Rory’s Sugar Cookies were one of the worthy winners of our recent Best Christmas Cookie competition (It was so difficult to choose an overall winner that we had to pick 5!). Kids will enjoy baking these, and they would make a perfect treat for Valentine’s day, or indeed at anytime of the year!
#4. Chocolate Cherry Cake
This Chocolate Cherry Cake has the added bonus of being gluten free. It is simple enough for your child to make as all the ingredients can be mixed in a food processor and the mix is baked in one tin so there is no need for icing.
It would make a very pretty birthday cake or as a treat for a special occasion.
You may also like Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies
#5. Banana Bread
Quick and easy Banana Bread is a great way to use up any bananas left over in the fruit bowl at the end of the week. Sliced up it makes a great lunchbox treat and can be frozen for times when you need a treat but don’t have time to bake.
More experienced bakers may like this Donal Skehan recipe for Banoffee Cake .
#6. Baked Cod
Okay not a sweet treat as such, but this is a great recipe for when your children show an interest in cooking meals for the family. The cod has a simple herb crust and only takes 15 minutes to bake in the oven once prepared.
Serve it with vegetables and mashed potatoes for a complete family meal.
#7. Chocolate Bar Blondies
Chocolate Bar Blondies are a perfect way to use up leftover Easter eggs or selection box chocolates. It creates 16 large bars but can be cut into smaller portions. It does require you to melt the chocolate in advance so, depending on their age, your child may need some help with this part or the recipe.
#8. Superfood Flapjacks
These Superfood Flapjacks are perfect for impatient cooks as they bake in just 15 minutes. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, oats and dried fruit are added to give them their superfood name. If you are stuck on a busy morning, they are just as nourishing as a bowl of cereal. And even inexperienced bakers will master them quickly.
Enjoy them with a cuppa fresh from the oven.
You may also like 10 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas that aren’t Porridge
#9. Breakfast Berry Muffins
A healthy alternative to cupcakes, these breakfast berry muffins are easy to make and can be filled with the fruit of your choice, either fresh or frozen. Although the name suggests you have them for breakfast they can obviously be enjoyed at any time of the day. They are particularly delicious still warm from the oven.
For a more savoury delight why not try these Ham and Cheese Muffins
#10. Easy Soda Bread
My kids love making Easy Soda Bread from a recipe on Odlums.ie. It usually doesn’t get a chance to cool down much before we all have a slice and lucky for us Granny makes the best homemade blackcurrant jam, which compliments it perfectly.
You may also like Jam Tart Hearts
I hope you enjoy experimenting with some of these recipes for kids. Do you have a favourite baking recipe for kids? Please share it with us in the comments box below.