Teaching kids to cook is one of life’s essential skills. If they know how to feed themselves without resorting to ready meals and junk food, you will have set them up for a healthier and more satisfying food journey.
I’ve found one way to encourage children to get on board with cooking is to start off with some fun and easy baking recipes. If they get to eat something they truly enjoy, they are more likely to want to return to the kitchen to cook some more.
And aside from the skills that come with learning to cook, it’s also the perfect opportunity to spend some quality family time together! Just don’t fight over who gets to lick the bowl 😉
Supervision whilst making these recipes will of course depend on the age of your child. The usual safety precautions apply, hot ovens, sharp knives etc.
10 Easy Baking Recipes For Kids
This basic flapjack recipe uses just 4 ingredients. Kids love making flapjacks almost as much as they enjoy eating them! Once the butter has been melted and the sugar mixed in, it is as simple as stirring in the oats and golden syrup and popping it in the oven. Flapjacks also make the perfect lunchbox treat for kids to take to school!
Did someone say shortbread?! Yum. The cook time on this shortbread recipe is only 10 minutes, so no lengthy waiting times by the oven! Kids will love rolling the dough out and piercing holes in the top with a fork. This recipe only uses 3 ingredients, which you will more than likely have in your kitchen cupboard!
Apple crumble is a quick and easy to make pudding. This British classic requires apples, flour, butter and sugar. You can add a little cinnamon to give it an extra special twist if you feel so inclined. You can substitute the apple with other fruits you have to hand such as rhubarb and mixed berries. Making apple crumble will teach children the skill of peeling and chopping fruits.
4. Banana Bread
If the bananas in your house last long enough for them to start turning brown, making banana bread is the perfect way to use them up! And it’s got bananas in it so it’s got to be good for you, right?!
Mmm, scones! They are seriously so quick to make. We love scoffing our scones with strawberry jam, but you can add other flavours – and why not a little cream too?! This is a basic scone recipe, you can add in some raisins or cheese to create some variations.
6. Millionaire Shortbread
Ok so Millionaire Shortbread is a little more labour intensive than the others on this list – but it’s oh so worth it. A very indulgent treat that tastes amazing…
7. Rock Cakes
I’m pretty sure everyone made rock cakes at some point during their school days?! If not, you’ve got to get baking, right now! An old classic that never goes out of fashion 😉
Seriously, who doesn’t love fudge? Have you ever made fudge in a slow cooker? You’ve got to try it – it is really fun to do. Plus the kids love stirring the yummy chocolate mixture. You’ve just got to resist dipping a finger in!
9. Banana Muffins
Kids love to make cupcakes – not only do they get the fun part of mixing all the ingredients together, they can also release their creative side by decorating the cupcakes with all their favourite toppings!
What’s your favourite recipe to bake with the kids? Let me know in the comments!