Top 10 recipes for children

Updated on 22 May 2015 | 0 Comments

What's the best way to keep kids busy? With cooking, of course! Check out our top 10 recipes for children.

Potato piglets

A cheap and cheerful classic from harder times (pictured above), children should actually have a lot of fun making this simple combination of potato and sausage meat.

Bow pasta with pancetta and peas

pastaBow-shaped pasta has to be the most exciting pasta shape of all. Encourage the little’uns to make their own tea by simply frying onion, pancetta, peas and a little fresh mint together, adding stock, and then serving the sauce with pretty bow pasta and a sprinkling of cheese.


chapatiUrvashi Roe believes that chapattis are the perfect hands on food for children. It’s a great way to get your hands messy – work the wholemeal dough together with your palms and then divide the dough into little balls the size of a large walnut. Squash them out and then cook on a dry frying pan.

Simply spiced potato curry

curryUrvashi Roe’s seven-year-old daughter can cook this delicately spiced potato curry, no probs. It’s flavoured with a little coriander and cumin powder, turmeric, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and the smallest pinch of red chilli powder. Serve garnished with fresh coriander and chapattis on the side.

No-bake chocolate cake

cakeMore of a terrine than a cake, you won’t even need an oven for this no-bake chocolate cake recipe. It’s great fun to make – crush digestive biscuits with pistachios, almonds and figs, then pour over a hot chocolate mixture made with chocolate, butter and condensed milk. Chill and eat.

Avocado and lime ice cream

ice creamHow cool would it be to make your own ice cream? With this recipe, you get a really retro colour, but very healthy ingredients… avocadoes and fresh lime juice. You don’t need an ice cream machine, either; just put your mixture into a freezable container and leave for three or four hours.

Fruity granola bars

Fruity granola barsPacked with good things, making them a perfect snack, these granola bars are also dead easy to make. The kids will love getting stuck into mixing the ingredients and spreading the gooey goodness onto a baking tray. And they'll be tucking into them before they know it.

Cake in a mug

mugWhat, a cake in a mug? It’s the perfect cake recipe for children who want to make their own pudding. Just spoon flour, sugar, cocoa and coffee powder into a mug; crack in an egg and whisk; add a drizzle of milk and oil and stir; then drop in chocolate buttons and microwave for 2.5 minutes.

Bumblebee cookies

cookiesBaking cookies is a fun (and delicious!) activity to do with the kids, as even the youngest can get involved with the rolling of dough and cutting out of shapes. All you’ll need for the biscuits is butter, sugar, egg, flour and a little vanilla extract, then coloured sugarpaste to decorate. 

Vanilla cake pops

popDelicious fluffy cake and soft sweet buttercream, all rolled into a ball and stuck on a stick – what could be more perfect? Cake pops are fun and easy to make, and kids will love getting their hands into the mixture. Use an ice cream scoop to measure out the mixture and then roll in your hands. 

This is a classic lovefood article that has been updated

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