Baking With Kids: Flourless Recipes

No white stuff …

…but love baking and making treats? I’ve put together 10 easy flourless recipes for you to try out during lockdown. No flour required.

1. Macarons

Flourless baking ideas: macarons
Vanilla macarons with Nutella middles. Dreamy.

Not the easiest, but, not that tricky either. Follow each step meticulously. And delicious macarons will be yours. Here’s a top recipe, with a fab step by step video.

Macaron recipe

We used Nutella instead of making buttercream. Delicious and reduced faffing.

2. Flourless Brownies

Who doesn’t love a gooey brownie?

No flour, no problem.

This recipe from Good Housekeeping is a goodie.

Flourless Brownie Recipe

We sub’d the butter for coconut butter (coconut oil would work too). I didn’t get a photo. You’ll just have to imagine gooey chocolatey brownies with a lovely crusty top. Nom nom nom…. 🤤

3. Granola Bars

Flourless baking: granola bars
Delicious homemade granola bars.

Make a batch of granola bars and have quick breakfast bars and snacks on hand for days. Crumble leftovers on yoghurt with fruit for a delicious, healthy breakfast treat.

Inspired by Madeleine Shaw’s Fig Granola Bar recipe in Ready, Steady, Glow

Ingredients

  • 200g oats
  • 200g dried fruit (raisins, chopped apricots, figs, prunes or dates)
  • 250g mixed nuts & seeds
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 120 ml honey
  • 120 ml almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. Gently toast the oats, nuts and seeds in a large sauce pan. Once golden put on a plate to cool.

2. Melt the coconut oil, almond butter and honey into a liquid.

3. Add the dried fruit as is or make it into a paste by putting it into a pan, covering with water, simmering for 5 minutes and blitzing until smooth.

4. Mix all of the ingredients together, making sure all of the dry ingredients are coated.

5. Press the mixture into a big tin lined with greaseproof paper and freeze for an hour. Cut into squares and keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

4. Energy balls

Flourless baking: energy balls on a plate
No bake, flourless and truly scrumptious

A lockdown revelation

  • Easy to make with kids.
  • No baking.
  • Delicious.
  • Super healthy.

Smug parenting, ahoy! Here’s our fave recipe.

Pip & Nut’s Pick and Mix Protein Balls recipe. Our fave combo is with peanut butter, desiccated coconut, rolled in cacoa and sesame seeds. There are heaps of options to suit your family’s tastes.

5. Peanut Butter Cookies

Flourless baking: peanut butter cookies
Super sweet peanut butter cookies

A super simple 3-ingredient flourless cookie. You can whip up a batch in no time at all, perfect with impatient little chefs.

Ingredients

  • 240g peanut butter
  • 215g sugar
  • 1 egg

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 and line a baking tray
  2. Mix the peanut butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Spoon the batter in small balls onto a baking tray, bake for 12 minutes.
  4. Leave to cool.
  5. Try not to scoff in one go 😝

6.Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a timeless flourless treat. Easy peasy to make and delicious to eat with a big mug of tea. Both recipes work equally well.

Deliciously Ella’s recipe for healthy flapjacks without refined sugar.

Healthy Flapjacks

Or BBC Good Food’s Yummy Golden Syrup Flapjacks for the classic, sugary version.

Traditional flapjacks

7. Meringues

Got eggs? Got sugar? Then you got a mighty tasty meringue my friend. Eat as they are with a coffee or smother in whipped fresh cream and strawberries for a yummy afternoon or pudding treat.

Basic meringue recipe

8. Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse is another 3-ingredient, flourless recipe. I found this recipe in an old GBBO book. It serves 6 – 8 (I’m planning to halve it).

Ingredients

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 4 large free-range eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate with 100ml of water over a pan of simmering water (you can make a grown-up version by replacing 1 tbsp of water with booze – brandy or rum work well)
  2. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the egg yolks one at a time.
  3. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, add the sugar and continue to whisk until the peaks are stiff.
  4. Add 1/4 of the egg whites and gently mix. Add the remaining egg mixture in 2 batches, gently folding with a metal spoon until combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a cute glass or coffee cup and chill for an hour until firm.

Can’t wait to give this a whirl.

9. Smoothies

Not baking but a top way to get extra fruit (and possibly veggies) into kids. It’s an easy alternative if you’re being nagged to bake but are low on time and ingredients.

The Little One’s Favourite Banana Milk

Ingredients

  • big dollop of plain yoghurt
  • banana
  • 2 dates
  • milk, to make to desired thickness
  • ice

Method

Put the yoghurt, banana and dates in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top up with milk, if you like a milkier smoothie.

The Big One’s Frozen Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • big dollop of plain yoghurt
  • banana
  • big handful of frozen berries
  • dates or honey to sweeten
  • top up with milk
  • add a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of nut butter for extra protein

Method

Put the yoghurt, banana and dates in the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and top up with milk, if you like a milkier smoothie.

10. Rocky Road

The Ultimate Tray Bake. You want a coffee shop style treat. Alas, no flour. Don’t despair, this no bake, indulgent, ultra sweet flourless crowd-pleaser is easy to make and delicious to scoff. A great way to use up odds and sods in the treat cupboard.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/easy-rocky-road

Got flour?

These bread rolls are super simple and a brilliant way to introduce kids to bread making.


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