With schools being closed all over the country, I wanted to pull together my 12 best gluten free recipes to make with your kids. I chose delicious both sweet and savory recipes that are kid-friendly with easy to follow instructions.
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Schools are being closed due to the Corona Virus and people are now scrambling because the kids are going to be home. Some schools are moving to online teachings, like my son's school, and others are helping parents homeschool their kids. Parents are now frantically looking for things to do with the kids home for what maybe weeks.
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As you can see, the recipes I chose are great for teaching kids how to cook. These recipes are great for ANY age, even teenagers! Take the time to show your kids how to measure ingredients, stir, and bake. These are the lessons they will always remember, not to mention the quality time you will share!
Tools for teaching kids to cook
There are all sorts of fun gadgets that make learning to cook fun. Here are some of my favorites. This cookbook, 201 Gluten Free Recipes For Kids, has a lot of great recipe ideas as well!
- Grab a fun cutting board. It is not only handy for so many kitchen tasks, but you can have a great conversation about cutting boards and cross-contamination of gluten at restaurants too.
- These handy measuring cups are great for measuring liquids.
- Dry ingredients need their own type of measuring cups, teach kids why this matters!
- Measuring spoons are important for measuring salt, Xanthan Gum, spices, and more.
- You will love the safety features on this kids' knife set.
Teaching kids to cook is the gift that will keep on giving. I say that because my teen son now makes me breakfast! He loves to cook for his friends and he is now mastering how to sous vide.
Things kids can learn:
- Measuring - Use measuring cups, teaspoons, etc. and show them how to level these when measuring dry ingredients so that their recipes always turn out great!
- Pouring - Teach kids how to carefully pour things into measuring cups. Remember to use a liquid measuring cup for liquids!
- Ingredients - Kids who are gluten free need to know what ingredients are safe. Talk about the gluten free flours you use and how they work in a recipe.
Gluten free baking is like a science experiment!
Every gluten free flour blend is different and the different combinations all perform differently in a recipe. Teach your kids:
- Coconut flour needs almost double the liquid because it absorbs so much for baked goods.
- Almond flour doesn't absorb as much liquid. It also adds a protein boost and moisture to baked goods.
- Starches can make your baked goods denser...they are powdery light.
- Some gluten free flour blends contain bean flour...do they like this? (P.S. these are great for savory recipes like eggplant parmesan!)
- Dairy-free milk substitutes all perform differently in a recipe. I find coconut milk to be the most unpredictable with gluten free flour blends. This would be a great experiment with kids!
I hope you are staying home safe away from crowds. We are hunkering down and we don't plan to go out and about very much in the next few weeks. Check out these easy gluten free lunch ideas for packed lunches!
I leave you with my best gluten free chicken recipes. Each of these chicken recipes is not only kid-friendly, but many are ready in under 30 minutes!