Baking is a super fun activity to do with your kids while they’re young, but imagine how fun it would be if there was no actual baking involved – whaat!
No-bake recipes provide a perfect introduction to the kitchen for little-uns. Some of these ideas are super easy, while others will require a little bit of adult assistance/supervision. No matter what you make/bake, all of these ideas are super yummy! Keep reading to find out our favourite no-bake recipes to make with your kids.
All you’ll need for this one is: 1 chocolate bar of choice (make sure it’s appropriate for melting, 2 crushed biscuits (we recommend rich tea or non-chocolate hobnobs), a handful of marshmallows and some wooden lolly sticks. Bash your biscuits and melt your chocolate first, then place a marshmallow on to the end of a wooden lolly stick. When you’ve done this, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate and before it dries, dunk that choc-covered marshmallow into the biscuit mix. Repeat a few times until you have plenty, then pop them into the fridge for 10 minutes or so to chill. And there you have it, an easy and fast no-bake recipe that children will love to have, especially around this time of year. Check out the My1stYears video to get inspiration on how these should look!
Cookie Dough Truffles
This one is pretty unbeatable. If you don’t like cookie dough ice cream, you might want to get your taste buds checked! The steps involved in this one are super simple – there’s no need for cookies to be baked in order for them to be a delicious treat or gift. All you have to do is the following:
Beat 125 grams of unsalted butter and 80 grams of brown sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into the mix, before beating 120 grams of flour in until just combined. Stir through as many chocolate chips you or your little one wants. That amount should make you 24 mini balls, which you can then freeze for around an hour. 10 minutes before they’re ready to come out of the freezer, place a chocolate bar in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until melted. Whip the balls out of the freezer and dip them into melted chocolate before placing on a rack to set. It really is as easy as that for these simple yet decadent goodies.
Popcorn Rocky Road
Surely we don’t have to do much convincing on this one? It does have a few more steps though so might need a bit more supervision. First, you’ll need to line the base and sides of a 15 x 30cm cake tin with baking paper. Use our previously mentioned method to melt 300 grams of chocolate and 175 grams of butter and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup. Once melted, pour in in this order: 125 grams of smashed rich tea or lotus biscoff biscuits, 125 grams of glacé cherries and finally 100 grams of your choice of sweet or salted popcorn. Remove from the heat, then pour in roughly 125 grams of mini marshmallows and if you’re feeling adventurous, get your little one to add a couple of tables of sprinkles into the mix. Make sure that everything’s thoroughly covered in chocolate – this is where things could get messy, but as long as their hands get covered in chocolate and not yours, it’s a win-win. Finally, pour the rocky road into the pre-prepared tin before placing it in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set. When the rocky road is set, cut into squares with a warm sharp knife and store in an airtight container until required. This sweet, sugar-filled sweet treat is sure to be a hit with the kids.
Strawberry Swirl Yoghurts & Banana Sundaes
For a final yummy and relatively healthy option, try out these strawberry swirl yoghurts and banana sundaes. This delightfully easy and healthy dessert is a treat that kids will love. Simply place 250g strawberries and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar into a blender and blend until roughly pureed. Place 2 cups of yoghurt into a bowl and swirl the pureed strawberries through it. Peel and slice 2 ripe bananas, and chop up a few strawberries into fine pieces. Layer your pre-made strawberry yoghurt, bananas and strawberries and perhaps some granola, muesli or something more sugary for the kids into serving glasses and there you have it, a healthy but tasty sweet treat that you and your little one can have endless fun making and eating.
These easy, no-bake recipes are some of our favourites, so we hope you like them too! If you decide to try any out with your loved ones, be sure to let us know by tagging us on Instagram with #My1stYears and use the #My1stYears with any cute pics you take!