When you need to keep the little ones entertained at home but don't have any flour, try these easy baking recipes for an afternoon of fun in the kitchen.
No flour in the cupboard? The kids can still enjoy these creative baking projects, from cornflake cakes and peanut butter cookies to rocky road and beyond. These recipes are all made without flour and most of them use cheap storecupboard ingredients that should be easy to find, or can be easily swapped for a replacement.
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1. Raspberry honey flapjacks
Using just five ingredients, these raspberry honey flapjacks make for a lovely afternoon snack. Children will love melting together the ingredients and mixing in the porridge oats, before pressing into the tin. If you don’t have raspberries, any frozen fruit would work, such as blueberries or a summer fruits mix.
2. No-bake orange cheesecake
Our no-bake orange cheesecake is an easy recipe designed with little ones in mind – let’s face it, smashing up digestive biscuits is always a fun activity! You can segment fresh oranges for the decoration on top or use canned mandarins and peaches, if you like.
3. Crispy chocolate fridge cake
There’s no need to even turn the oven on with this crispy chocolate fridge cake, keeping it even safer for little hands. It’s packed with biscuits, sultanas, puffed rice and lots of chocolate – simply decorate these with anything you might have lurking in the treat cupboard.
4. Peanut butter cookies
Most of our kids’ cookies recipes have flour in them, but these little miracles don’t need any! Our popular peanut butter cookies only need three simple ingredients and a pinch of salt to bring them to life.
5. Gluten-free lemon drizzle cake
Kids will think the secret ingredient to this gluten-free lemon drizzle cake is an absolute hoot – it uses mashed potato, along with ground almonds, instead of flour. This recipe is cheap to make with simple ingredients that you should have on hand.
6. Chocolate cornflake cakes
Keep it simple with a batch of chocolate cornflake cakes, where children can help with weighing, melting, mixing and spooning into the individual cupcake cases. You just need to pop them in the fridge to firm up and then they’re ready to enjoy – easy.
7. Unicorn poo meringues
Whisk together sugar and egg whites to create these adorable unicorn poo meringues – they make a brilliant afternoon project. Feeling full of the joys of spring? Our lemony Easter chicks use a similar whisking method and are just as cute.
8. Baked apples
Little ones aged 3-6 can make these fruity treats as a dessert, served with a scoop of their favourite ice cream on the side. Baked apples are made tempting with the addition of butter, cinnamon, sultanas and a sprinkling of sugar.
9. Hot cross bread & lemon pudding
If you don’t have flour but you do have leftover bread, a bread & butter pudding could be the answer. This hot cross bread & lemon pudding is sure to be a hit with all the family – get younger ones to help spread the bun slices with lemon curd and then whisk together all the milky ingredients for a sweet and satisfying dessert.
10. Rocky road
Another recipe which is wonderfully forgiving when you need to swap ingredients, rocky road is a teatime favourite that never fails to please. Sticky marshmallows, crunchy biscuit and plenty of chocolate make this a project kids will be happy to get stuck into. If you can resist it, the bars will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
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