The best apple recipes for kids
Discover our top apple recipes to make with children, from cakes and bakes to crumbles and sundaes. Build your little one’s cooking confidence with these easy ideas.
Kids will love to help out in the kitchen with these easy apple recipes. From pastry-topped pies to fruity breakfast bowls, we have plenty of easy yet inspiring ideas for children to enjoy. Roll up your little one’s sleeves, pop a mini apron on, and let’s get cooking!
Little toffee apple cake
This simple sponge loaf cake with a cleverly concealed toffee centre is a great way to help kids gain some baking confidence. It's the perfect recipe for kids aged 8-14 to tackle with minimal supervision – we've written the instructions with this age range in mind. Younger children can help grate the apple, mix the batter and pour into the cake tin – and they'll love tucking into the end results!
Challenge kids to practice their pastry-making skills with this comforting classic, topped with a homemade shortcrust lid. Children can help to measure out the ingredients and rub the butter into the flour – encourage them to notice how it changes texture, and recognise that they can stop when it resembles breadcrumbs. If you have some small cookie cutters or a blunt knife, unleash your kids' creativity with any excess pastry – they can mould and shape it as a decoration for the top of the pie.
Spiced carrot & apple muffins
Pick up one of these marvellous muffins as an on-the-go breakfast or mid-morning snack. Kids can measure out ingredients and help mix the batter, as well as spooning it into the muffin cases – it doesn't have to be perfect. This is a really versatile recipe you can adapt with dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds – why not let your little one put on their chef's hat and decide?
Kids as young as three can help to make this super-easy, fruity dessert with just a little help from a grown-up. If you have an apple corer, kids can prepare the apples. Help them to stir up a mixture of sultanas, muscovado sugar, and cinnamon before packing into the apples and finishing with a blob of butter. It couldn't be easier!
The best apple crumble
This popular pudding is a great one for kids to add to their repertoire. Younger children may need a hand preparing the apples, but they can help arrange them in the dish, rub in the butter and layer up the toppings – we've included a buttery crumble topping and finished with a sprinkle of oats and sugar.
Prefer to go plant-based? We also have a vegan version that's just as easy to make.
Sticky toffee apple pudding
Got a sticky toffee apple fan on your hands? They'll love to help make this indulgent dessert. A supervisor will need to create the toffee topping, but you can ask children to arrange the apples in the dish, as well as mixing the sponge batter, spooning it on top and smoothing it down. It's a magical dessert to create with children – they'll be amazed at how the gooey caramel sauce pools at the bottom when you serve it.
Blackberry & apple oat bake
This fruity oat bake makes for an extra-special autumnal breakfast, and it looks really impressive once it's done. Little ones will enjoy crushing the cooked apples with a fork, mixing in the other ingredients and arranging in a baking dish – you can pop it in the oven for them. When it's time to serve up, let them choose between milk or yogurt and add a drizzle of maple syrup.
Apple crumble sundae
This budget-friendly family dessert is a real showstopper – one that kids can be really proud to serve up. Get them to measure out the ingredients and crush up the biscuits before the best bit – layering up the sundaes in glasses or bowls with all the artistic flair they can muster. A word of warning – you may well unleash a mini Masterchef contestant in the making.
Bircher muesli with apple & banana
These easy breakfast bowls can be made the night before and stashed in the fridge ready for the morning – they'll be extra creamy. Children can measure out the oats, chopped nuts, seeds and yogurt, and top with the extra ingredients before tucking in. If you have a blunt knife, encourage kids to slice up the bananas too.
Halloween apple & strawberry pie
If you're looking for some ghoulishly good fun around Halloween, this spine-chilling fruity pie is sure to delight your little ones. Children can help to spread the pre-made puff pastry with strawberry jam, arrange the apple slices, and fold the pastry strips to create a spooky 'mummy' effect – it doesn't need to be neat, we're going for the eerie look! We've opted to include clever icing 'eyes', but of course you could leave these out if you're making it at another time of year.
Do you have a favourite apple recipe that you like to make with your kids? Let us know below.