Naturally Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly Desserts

Kids will love making and eating these five fun and delicious gluten-free desserts

With awareness of food allergies and sensitivities on the rise these days, chances are at some point you’ll be asked to make sure the dessert you bring to a potluck, party, or other event is gluten-free. But don’t let that send you scurrying to the dedicated GF section at your supermarket, where packaged cookies and other treats are very expensive and don’t even taste that good. Instead, try making one of these simple, gluten-free desserts.

Fruit kebabs

Everyone loves food on sticks, and fruit kebabs are no exception. For kids, they’re as fun to make as they are to eat! Some ideas for what to thread onto the skewers: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, grapes, Mandarin orange segments, and melon. To make these extra decadent, drizzle with chocolate or sneak some marshmallows into the mix. Look for small, appetizer-sized wooden skewers to make sweet, miniature kebabs, or use longer ones to make more substantial desserts.

Homemade ice cream

Have you read the ingredients on a box of store-bought ice cream lately? It’s pretty unappealing. Luckily, making ice cream at home is a cinch. You can get a decent ice cream maker for under $50, and from there all you need is milk, cream, sugar and flavourings (think fruit, cocoa, extracts, etc.). Your ice cream maker will likely come with a recipe booklet of simple, tested and true recipes, or search online for ideas – the sky is the limit! Need to do dairy-free as well? Coconut milk ice cream is every bit as divine.

Peanut butter cookies

You won’t miss the flour in these classic peanut butter cookies for a second. Mix 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky) with 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg, and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Roll into small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then use a fork to flatten them gently in the classic crisscross design (kids especially love doing that part themselves). Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes, let cool for a few minutes, and then get ready to dunk!

Berries & cream

Sometimes the best desserts are the simplest, and it doesn’t get much simpler than good old fashioned berries and cream. Portion out fresh berries into small bowls or fancy cups, then drizzle with whipping cream – that’s it! Or, take a few extra minutes to whip the cream (adding a splash of vanilla and a pinch of sugar if you like) and dollop onto the berries. Or, layer whipped cream and berries for a pretty trifle look.

Chocolate bark

There are endless ways to customize this one! Start with a good quality chocolate and melt gently over a double boiler. Spread the melted chocolate over a parchment-lined baking sheet, and then get your kids to help sprinkle with toasted nuts, dried cranberries or raisins, mini-marshmallows, small candies, or chopped dried apricots. Or swirl in another flavour of melted chocolate for a cool marble effect – peanut butter, mint, or white chocolate chips are all good options. Pop the pan in the fridge for an hour or so, then let your kids break the bark into smaller chunks.

 

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