♥ Blueberry French Toast Roll Ups
♥ Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas
♥ Banana and Peanut Butter Loaves
For my first set of recipes I thought I would start with some easy and fun ideas that children of all ages can get involved with. Turn these cooking and baking attempts into family activities by encouraging them to learn and take part. If you don’t have children, enjoy the simplicity of these dishes and have fun yourself! There’s no better time to try these than the weekend.
First up is blueberry and cream cheese French toast roll ups. Great for an indulgent breakfast/brunch or an after dinner dessert.
I actually had a decadent version of these recently with vanilla cream and caramel sauce at a café in Dubai which inspired me to create my own.
My recipe here requires routinely found fridge staples keeping it simple.
I absolutely love blueberries and used them here because of that burst of berry flavour which works really well with the cream cheese. Almost like a blueberry cheesecake combination. However, feel free to use your favourite fruit for example strawberries or banana as long as they are chopped into small pieces.
Keep the children busy by letting them use a rolling pin to flatten the bread, line up the blueberries and roll them up themselves.
I have tried to keep the sugar levels as low as possible on this but hey, it is the weekend so a little at breakfast is OK! It’s only on the topping which adds to the crunch sensation when you bite into them. Hopefully, the little ones will enjoy eating more fruit this way.
I know for a fact my son is a huge fan of these buttery, fruity crisp rolls which really are heaven on a plate.
Number two on the list are roasted sweet potato quesadillas. They are perfect for lunch or a light dinner served with guacamole and salad.
My son loves sweet potato and by baking it the flavour becomes sweeter and more intense. I’ve added a bit of spice to make it more interesting, picking cinnamon and cumin which compliment the sweetness of the potato and caramelised red onions.
I usually have the sweet potato ready baked in advance so when it comes to meal time it only takes a few minutes to prepare.
My boy likes to scatter the potato, onion and cheese himself on the tortilla wrap before I transfer it onto the pan. Something about him being able to take charge and create his own food means he is likely to eat better… Well that’s the thinking behind it of course!
I’ve used some medium Cheddar cheese for melting and sticking purposes and Feta cheese for it’s richer tang. The sweet with the tangy and salty flavours taste incredible together which make these quesadillas moreish.
They are open to customisation by throwing in some of your favourite fillings. Adding some sweetcorn or other small vegetables might be worth a try. Or give it a spicy kick with a few sliced jalapenos. Yum.
Lastly, my refined sugar-free banana and peanut butter mini loaves, lovely as a tea time (not so guilty) treat in the afternoon. These loaves won’t be cake sweet as the only added sugar is a tablespoon of molasses.
Molasses have a deep treacle taste and contain some essential minerals which is beneficial compared to refined white sugar. If you are not able to obtain molasses, maple syrup or honey would do the trick with the same sticky effect.
The real deliverer of natural sweetness are the ripe bananas which taste delicious in these loaves combined with the nutty peanut flavour. This should be enough to satisfy when it comes to that afternoon slightly sweet crave.
My son enjoys watching the egg whites turn into foam and crushing up the banana in this recipe. He loves crushing and mushing food in general and he is very good at it!
Let the little ones get creative by decorating the loaves with cream cheese and chopped dried fruit however they like. The great thing about these mini loaves is they can decorate their own individually and so can you!
The topping is not essential though and the loaves can be enjoyed just as they are warm or perhaps with some butter and a cup of tea.
And there you go, my 1, 2, 3 easy, fun and simple recipes for trying out with your little helpers. They may not be the most sophisticated or fancy of dishes but they all include parts perfect for children to get stuck in with. It’s that help and involvement that makes the food taste more delicious for them and you! I know my toddler has enjoyed making all of these… So there’s no excuse. Give these a whirl and have a happy weekend!