Younger kids love the magic of baking: you throw a few things together, make a big mess, and a cake appears! These days, there are also plenty of amazing no-bake recipes they can try, so even if it’s a little too early to let your future chef near the oven, they don’t have to miss out. Here are three of our favourite easy no-bake desserts for kids to get you both started.
No-bake chocolate balls
This simple method can be adapted endlessly, so feel free to toss in new ingredients to create your own easy no-bake recipes for kids. Peanut butter, chocolate chips, edible glitter and dried fruit are all great additions.
- 170g butter
- 100g brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 200g oats
- Hundreds and thousands to coat
Beat together the sugar, butter, vanilla essence, and cocoa to create a smooth mixture. Fold in the oats with a wooden spoon and mix well. Now for the fun (and messy) part: take a tablespoon of mixture in each hand and roll it into bite-sized balls. Coat the balls in hundreds and thousands and refrigerate for two hours. Finally, add a stick to the bottom to make a lollipop.
Cheesecake is one of the easiest no-bake cake recipes for kids to make, despite looking rather sophisticated. It’s also a great all-round crowd pleaser, beloved by kids and grown-ups alike.
- 250g digestive biscuits
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 600g cream cheese
- 100g icing sugar
- 300ml double cream
- Fruit - Blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries
- Chocolates - Smarties, Maltesers, or Toblerone chunks
Put the digestive biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until they form crumbs. Place a spoonful or two of these crumbs in 5 to 8 clear, individual serving ramekins and press them down to create a thin, smooth base.
Beat the cream cheese, vanilla essence and icing sugar together in a bowl, then gently spoon the mixture into the ramekins, using a spatula to smooth the tops. Refrigerate overnight, then add your favourite toppings before serving.
Chocolate chia seed pudding
If you’re after healthy no-bake kids’ recipes, chia seed puddings are a great option. This simple, four-ingredient recipe only takes minutes to prep.
- 85g chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 250ml almond or soy milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- Chocolate chips
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then spoon it into four separate jars. Cover each of the jars with cling film and leave them in the fridge overnight. Then just add the toppings before serving. Yep, it really is that simple!
With these no-bake recipes in hand, you can let younger kids get involved in each and every stage of the cooking process – even the part where you sneakily lick the spoon. Don’t worry about chocolate-y mess, either: Persil liquid (and our chocolate stain removal guide) is here to help!