Easter- 5 fun food activities for the kids

Easter- 5 fun food activities for the kids

Easter is fast approaching, which means 1 thing…..The Easter Holidays!!

2 whole weeks to entertain the Kids!!

If the very thought brings shivers down your spine then fear not, Whisk Kids is here to provide you with 5 fun Easter themed food activities, guaranteed to bring the Easter spirit to your household!

 

1. Cornflake Cakes

Cornflake cakes have to be one of the most simple, yet fun activities to do at Easter.

They are a staple in our household and loved by all!

Decorate with mini eggs or fluffy chicks (just remember mini eggs can pose a choking hazard to under 4’s)

Ingredients

  • 100g cornflakes
  • 100g milk chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 50g butter
  • 3tbsp golden syrup
  • approx 24 / 36 mini eggs

Method

  1. Add the butter and golden syrup to a small saucepan and slowly melt together over a gentle heat
  2. Add the chocolate and stir continuously until melted
  3. Once melted take off the heat and set aside
  4. Add cornflakes to a large bowl
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cornflakes and stir together well
  6. Divide cornflakes between 12 cupcake cases
  7. Top with 2-3 mini eggs and / or a fluffy chick
  8. Leave to set fully then enjoy!

 

2. Traditional Easter Biscuits

I just love these traditional Easter biscuits. Flavoured with mixed spice and sweetened with raisins, they always make me think of Easter.

Make them into circles, bunny shapes or maybe even try the unicorn or dinosaur cutters available to buy in our shop!

Ingredients

  • 225g Self raising flour
  • 115g butter
  • 115g sugar
  • 55g currants
  • 1 egg

Method

  1. Turn oven to 170ºC.
  2. Using fingertips rub butter into the flour.
  3. Next add the sugar and currants.
  4. Add the egg then mix together to form a ball
  5. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut out biscuit shapes
  6. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for approx 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow too cool
  8. Dust with icing sugar before serving

3. Bunny Bait Popcorn

We absolutely LOVE this chocolate coated popcorn and the best thing about it is its so versatile and really allows your kids to get creative in the kitchen.

As well as munching away on it over a good film, we also bagged some of it up and left it out the night before Easter (along with a carrot) to help lure the Easter Bunny to our house!! My daughter really enjoyed doing that and it made everything seem really magical to her.

Ingredients

  • 100g Popcorn (we used sweet, but you can use plain if preferred)
  • 50g White Chocolate
  • 2tbsp Bashed smarties
  • 2tsp Easter coloured sprinkles

Method

  1. Break up the chocolate into squares and melt over a medium heat in a saucepan (on in 30 sec blasts in the microwave)
  2. Place popcorn into a large bowl
  3. Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn and add your toppings
  4. Stir together thoroughly ensuring all popcorn is covered
  5. Pour out onto a baking tray and leave to set
  6. Enjoy!!

This recipe is great because you can use so many different toppings to suit your tastes / theme etc

Other ideas for toppings:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chopped glace cherries
  • Milk chocolate
  • Bashed up crunchie pieces
  • Mini jelly sweets
  • Bashed up mini eggs
  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Christmas / Halloween themed sprinkles
    or any other favourites!

 

4. Mini Doughnut Pops

These mini doughnut pops are just soooo cute and look great on the Easter treat table.

Again they are very versatile and can be decorated in many different ways, plus they’re so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • x12 mini ring doughnuts
  • 100g chocolate (milk, white or coloured candy melts)
  • Sprinkles
  • x12 Lollypop sticks

Method

  1. Lay the doughnuts out in a line on a baking tray
  2. Melt the chocolate over a medium heat in a saucepan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
  3. Dip the end of a lollypop stick in the melted chocolate and insert into the bottom of the doughnut
  4. Spoon (or pipe) the chocolate over the top of the doughnut
  5. Add sprinkles
  6. Leave to set for approx 30mins

Yummy!

5. Homemade Chocolate Bars

 

Homemade chocolate bars are such fun to make, and they serve as a great gift to give to others for Easter.

You can purchase your own chocolate bar mould from our shop, here, and make yours look super professional!

All you need to do is:

  1. Melt 100g Chocolate in a pan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
  2. Pour evenly into the mould
  3. Add your extras
  4. Leave to set for approx 2 hrs (or in a fridge for approx 1 hour)
  5. De-mould and “ta-da” your very own chocolate bar!

 

Ideas for chocolate bar extras:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sweets
  • A few drops of flavouring to make flavoured chocolate
  • Fudge pieces
  • Broken up biscuit

 

So there you have it, 5 decidedly sweet Easter fun food activities for you to do with the kids this Easter half term.

 

If you need a break from all that sugar then here are some fun Easter craft activities for you to do from activity village, including making Easter baskets, Easter bonnets and Easter masks.

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World Health Day – Guilt free Apple Cake

World Health Day – Guilt free Apple Cake

Sunday April 7th 2019 is World Health Day

With International Health Awareness Day approaching, I thought id share with you a healthy, sugar free, high fiber apple cake recipe and also share some tips with you on how to make baking recipes healthier.

I have also included a link to some fun kids work-sheets, games and activities based on health and fitness, that you may like to look at with your little ones to help raise awareness of the benefits of being healthy.

Guilt free Apple cake

This delicious apple cake is free from added refined sugars, high in fiber and low in fat, but the best thing is….you’d never know!

Ingredients

  • X2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 8tsp powdered natural sweetener (for apples)
  • 3 eggs
  • 500g apple sauce
  • 115g butter,soft
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 80ml apple juice
  • 360g wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g powdered sweetener (for cake)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sliced apples, mixed spice and powdered sweetener
  3. In a 2nd bowl mix together the butter, apple sauce, apple juice, eggs and vanilla
  4. In a 3rd bowl add flour, baking powder and powdered sweetener.
  5. Mix together bowls 2 and 3 until well combined
  6. Pour half of the batter into a cake tin
  7. Top with a layer of half of the apples mix
  8. Pour remaining cake batter on top
  9. Finish off by arranging the remaining apple slices on top of the cake
  10. Bake for approx 1.15hr (or until skewer in centre of cake comes out clean)
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool

Enjoy a guilt free slice of cake!

Ways to make Baking Healthier

We all love a sweet treat, but how can you make a sweet treat better for your health?

Here are some ways you can enjoy a treat without the guilt!

  1. Use wholemeal flour (higher in fiber which is vital for a healthy gut)
  2. Replace refined sugars with natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup – these are all naturally very sweet and contain more nutrients that refined white sugar, which has no nutrients at all!)
  3. Add fruit / veg to recipes (carrot cake, courgette cake, beetroot cake, or even our apple cake recipe shared here – all these will increase the fiber and vitamin content of your bakes)
  4. Reduce portion sizes (still have your sweet treat, but cut down on your portion size. Have half today and save the other half for another day. That way you still get to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with half the amount of calories)
  5. Substitute Fats (saturated fats are very bad for our heart health, unsaturated are much better. Replace butters with natural oils where possible. In some recipes you can even use apple sauce in place of part of the butter quantity, such as in our Guilt free Apple Cake recipe.

Nourish Interactive is great resource full of fun worksheets, games and activities you could do with your little ones to help raise their awareness on being healthy.
View their free printables here

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy day xx

International Carrot Day – Carrot Cake Recipe

International Carrot Day – Carrot Cake Recipe

Did you know that the 4th of April is International Carrot Day?! No? Well it is, so to celebrate all things carroty I thought Id share with you a very yummy Carrot Cake Recipe.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 450ml Vegetable oil
  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
  • 550g Caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 525g Grated carrot

For the Icing

  • 200g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Butter

 

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  2. Grease and line a 10in cake tin.

  3. Mix all of the ingredients for the carrot cake together in a bowl until well combined.

  4. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until cooked through

  5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely

  6. For the icing; beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy.

  7. Once the cake is cool, spread the icing over the top of the cake

  8. Decorate with carrot sugar decorations if desired

 

Enjoy!

IDEA: Why not make a cute heart shaped carrot cake using one of our heart shaped springform baking tins

 

If you want to get even more into the spirit of International Carrot Day then check out these fun carrot facts here

Or try out this free downloadable carrot colouring page here

 

Mothers Day Breakfast – Heart Shaped Pancakes

Mothers Day Breakfast – Heart Shaped Pancakes

Get the kids to treat Mum this Mothers Day and make her a special Breakfast in Bed!

They can help with the mixing of ingredients, the presentation afterwards and of course the feeling of pride they will get upon giving!
Older ones could even have a go at cooking the pancakes too!

Ingredients

  • 70g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 65ml Milk
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil

Method

  1. Place flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Add the milk, egg and oil
  3. Beat together (or whisk) until you have a smooth batter
  4. Place batter into a piping bag
  5. Place a frying pan on medium heat and add some butter (or oil)
  6. Wait until hot, then pipe a heart shape
  7. Once pancake starts to bubble on top, flip it over and cook for an extra 1 min
  8. Place on a side plate
  9. Continue cooking in batches until all batter is used up
  10. Drizzle Nutella or maple syrup over pancakes then dust with some icing sugar
  11. Serve accompanied with berries (if desired)

You now have one happy Mum on Mothers Day! xx

Moon Dust – non edible!

Moon Dust – non edible!

So, technically this Moon Dust isn’t “cooking” as this recipe is non-edible, however we had SO much fun making it that I had to share it with you!

My daughter has just spent over 1 hour happily playing with this stuff, I have to say, I quite like the feel of it too and it smells gorgeous!

 

What you will need:

  • 4 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut oil
  • any extras you want e.g. glitter, sequins, food colouring

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl (you may want to put a cover down as this can get a little messy!)
  2. Mix together using your fingertips until the coconut and flour are combined. (The mix should stick together if you squash it with your hands – if its too sticky add more flour, if its too crumbly add more coconut)
  3. Now add all of your extras! We used loads of coloured glitters, star sequins and round pink sequins
  4. Mix it all together and pour into a flat box, then let the fun begin!

LOADS of glitter!

Just a few stars??!!

Feels and smells SOO good!

Ready to play 🙂

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