With Christmas looming up fast we decided to whip up some gluten free baking ideas that anyone can make. These are fun projects that are perfect for kids to work on.
Remember that not all confectionery brands are gluten free so be sure to check the labelling to be sure. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer to double check it’s safe for you to eat.
We used this mud cake mix recipe to make the cake, but really it could be any cake you wanted. Don’t let us cramp your style. If you’ve got a cake mix that’s been sitting in the pantry for ages, here’s an excellent use for it.
Once you make the cake, let it cool and then decorate with gluten free pretzels and confectionery. You can make the antlers stick to the cake using icing. Icing is also a good option for decorating Rudolf’s face if you don’t have any allergy free confectionery.
Gingerbread dates back to the 15th century so it’s fair to say this yummy treat has stood the test of time! They used to be baked by monks in the form of angels but over time, the secret of gingerbread’s deliciousness spread. Now its a popular treat in most parts of the world, with the “gingerbread capital” being located in Nuremberg, Germany.
Make a batch of gingerbread with this recipe then use cookie cutters to design your people. Use gluten free icing and confectionery to decorate.
Xmas tree pops
Once again, we used the mud cake recipe for these tempting Christmas sweet treats.
Use gluten free icing and add touch of green colour to decorate them. Then finish with some gf confectionery.
For the tree trunk, use cake pops, solid straws or any other stick that’s food safe and able to hold the weight of the cake.
Do you have a favorite festive season treat you love to make? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram.
Happy baking this festive season!
Keeping the kids occupied can be a challenge at the best of times, but during a lockdown, it gets even harder. If you’ve finished a day of home-schooling and are struggling for ideas, you may want to give them a cooking project. We’ve pulled together 12 tasty recipes that are gluten free, fun and simple to make.
Why is baking a useful experience for kids?
Teaching kids to
bake isn’t just about the eating, although that’s the fun bit. My
daughter learned everything she needed to know about the metric and
imperial systems, how to follow step-by-step instructions, what
flavours work well together, and kitchen safety.
Depending on the
child’s age, you’ll need to decide if they’re able to work solo
or need your guidance. For the young ones, the fruit skewers or cake
balls are great options; the older ones may want to try their hand at
making gnocchi for your dinner tonight?
Gluten free recipes for kids
#1 Melting moments
Sandwich freshly made icing between two crispy biscuits to create a classic Australian snack, Melting Moments.
Also, known as yo-yos, they’re frequently found in cafe jars and everyone seems to love them. What’s more, younger kids get some serious enjoyment out of joining the biscuits together.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/melting-moments
#2 Banana pancakes
A pancake stack is the ultimate in versatility. Cook them up and eat them for breakfast, lunch or dessert.
This recipe is for banana pancakes, but you can leave the fruit out and add for favourite savoury ingredients for a mid-week meal that’s quick and low-cost. Basically, any ingredient you use for tacos will also tasty amazing in a pancake.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/fluffy-banana-pancakes
#3. Double choc macadamia cookies
Chocolate and macadamia nuts combine to make a fantastic cookie. Few can turn down the temptation of this nut/choc combination.
This is a fail-safe recipe that is ideal for those on a gluten free diet.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/double-choc-choc-macadamia-cookie
#4. Sweet potato and pasta pie
Take a break from the sugar and make this simple pastry-free pie that serves two.
Toss in some extra frozen vegetables (or fresh ones) for some extra nutritional goodness.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/sweet-potato-and-pasta-pie
#5. Cake batter fudge
Got a cake mix sitting in the pantry but you don’t feel like cake? How about cake batter fudge instead?
This is a no-bake recipe, suitable for even the youngest budding chef.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/cake-batter-fudge-recipe
#6. Fruit cobbler
This is a much-loved dessert in the United States, originating from the early settlers.
In our version, you basically fill the bottom of a baking dish with fruit and bake until almost soft. Then pour over cake mix batter and cook until set. The result is something similar to an apple crumble, and it’s a useful way to increase the fruit intake of fussy young (and old) eaters.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/gluten-free-fruit-cobbler
#7. Mud cake mini towers
These delicious towers of cake will prove an excellent challenge for kids who love Masterchef, Cake Boss, or any of the many cooking shows.
Bake the cake as you would normally, then use a circle cookie cutter to create layers of delicious cake. Fill the layers with cream and in-season fruit.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/mud-cake-mini-towers
#8. Cake balls
Another fun project for the kids. Instead of just baking the cake, there the the extra steps of mixing the cooked cake with additional ingredients, then rolling into balls.
For some extra indulgence, dip in chocolate, or leave out to cut back the sugar content.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/gluten-free-cake-balls
#9. Brownie fruit skewers
Kids love eating food off a stick! Provide them with all the ingredients you’d like to be skewered then leave the children to make them.
Younger ones may need some help so that they don’t spike themselves with the skewers.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/brownie-fruit-skewers
If you’ve got some miscellaneous vegetables sitting in the fridge, you may find a quiche is a great option for using them up.
A colourful gluten free quiche is perfect for lunch or dinner – some even love it for breakfast.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/gluten-free-quiche-recipe
Who would have thought that combining cooked potato and flour would result in such good pasta? Our recipe leaves out the eggs, which aren’t essential if you’re going to eat them immediately.
If you make this gnocchi in advance then you’ll want to include an egg as a useful binder.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/gluten-free-gnocchi
#12. Savoury muffins
Instead of a sweet muffin, why not add some grilled veggies, ham and cheese for a tasty savoury snack.
Another simple recipe for kids to make at home.
Recipe link: https://wellandgood.com.au/recipe/savoury-muffins
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy for an hour or two here’s a fun Halloween project that they’ll love: making a gluten free Halloween cake!
Isabel, from Melbourne, sent us these photos so we couldn’t resist turning them into an infographic about Halloween.
How to make a Halloween cake (without a fancy cake mold).
To get started you’ll need to make 12 cupcakes first and let them cool. Then it’s time to get creative. Position the cakes into a shape that you’re happy with then ice it all over. So simple.
Here’s an infographic with some fun Halloween facts. You’ll also see how Isabel made her cake.
Now it’s your turn! Bake up a batch of cupcakes and make your own cake. If pumpkins aren’t your thing then try another design. Why not create a witches hat or a monster?
Happy Halloween everyone.
The Well and Good reduced sugar range is in Coles stores throughout Australia. We wanted our customers to know exactly what stores stock our product so here they are! Please ask the store manager or contact us if you find a store on this list isn’t ranging our product.
The products ranged in Coles currently are:
- Well and Good Choc Banana Bread Mix
- Well and Good Multipurpose Muffin Mix
- Well and Good All Purpose Cake Mix
Where can our range be found in store?
You’ll find our gluten free baking mixes in the health food section of Coles.
Coles stores in Victoria stocking Well and Good
Coles stores in New South Wales stocking Well and Good
Coles stores in Western Australia stocking Well and Good
Coles stores in Queensland stocking Well and Good
Coles stores in Tasmania stocking Well and Good
Coles stores in South Australia stocking Well and Good