5 fun breakfast ideas for kids

Breakfast is an important meal of the day for both adults and kids. Kids, in particular, need to eat a wholesome breakfast to face the challenging day ahead. We all know about the cold war between food and kids and how difficult it is to get the right thing in their system; unless of course the food is presented in a very attractive manner to them or when they whip up treats on their own. Here are some fun ways kids can make their own breakfast, with little help from parents, and relish it too.

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5 fun ways to involve kids in making their breakfast and eating it too!

Read through the 5 fun breakfast suggestions involving kids to bring a stop to all your kids breakfast woes.

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Chocolate Pancake Pizza

1) Chocolate Pancake PizzaWant kids to eat pancakes in a fun way? Let them convert pancakes to yummy chocolate pizzas. Kids can layer pancakes with maple syrup, sliced fruits and then grate oodles of chocolate over it before lightly baking it. The goodness of wheat pancakes, fruits and chocolate will make your child happy and ready to face the day.

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Rainbow Toast  (Image credit:  www.learnplayimagine.com )

2) Rainbow Toast – I found this incredibly good looking breakfast idea on the net. With some edible rainbow food colours, the humble bread slice can be turned into something so appealing that kids will always look forward to breakfast. Mix some edible colors with milk and paint a rainbow on a bread slice, toast the slice and enjoy. For detailed procedure read here.

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Flavored straws are a great way to perk up a boring glass of milk

3) Strawesome Milkshake – Have you bought flavoured straws for your kids, yet? Yummy flavoured straws from Sipahh are a wonderful way to spike up a boring glass of milk at the breakfast table. All that the child has to do is rip open the individual straw packet, dip it in milk and sip through to enjoy instant delicious milkshake. Available in 10 exciting flavours, kids get to indulge in a different milkshake every day.

4) Assembling Quesadillas – Mexican quesadillas stuffed with vegetables and kidney beans make for a wholesome breakfast that will keep the child full for hours. Let your child build his own quesadillas by laying out its ingredients in different bowls on the breakfast table. Things required are tortillas, sautéed mixed vegetables or boiled shredded meat of your choice, mashed kidney beans, grated cheese, herbs and seasonings. Once the quesadillas are layered, help the child lightly toast or grill them in a pan.

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Fruit Skewers for breakfast – artistic & fulfilling

5) Fruit Shashlik – Fruits are the most ideal thing to consume for breakfast. Lay an array of fruits at the table and ask kids to arrange them in an artistic way on skewers to make Fruit Shashlik or Fruit Kabobs. Instead of diced / cubed pieces of fruits use special cutters to cut fruit and make the entire breakfast activity interesting and fulfilling. Honey or maple syrup can be drizzled on the fruit skewers for added flavour.
Do try these simple yet interesting breakfast ideas involving kids this holiday season and let me know how your kids enjoyed them. Do you have any breakfast idea involving kids? If yes, then please share in the comments below.

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Homemade Eggless Donuts

Nabeel has been craving donuts lately. Don’t ask me how happy I am to see his growing interest in everything sweet, baked (Donuts are fried though!) and sinful!!!

I finally have a partner in crime 😉

Eggless Donuts
Where I stay 3 most popular donut companies have their outlets adjacent to one another. But, this time I dint want to take the easy route of heading to one of the donuts shops and buy their products.
For 2 reasons; One, because I had some fresh yeast lying in my fridge and wanted to use it asap as it doesn’t have a very long shelf life and Two, the blogging keeda (mania) has got onto me so much that I now want to prepare, cook, shoot and share everything possible on the blog. Dint I mention how addictive I have become to blogging in my last post here 🙂
So one fine rainy evening, post early dinner Nabeel and Mumma were all set to make donuts. I found this very easy recipe of eggless donuts on the internet but as usual I never used it as it is, it was tweaked as per my requirement. We mixed and we rolled and we fried…all done in flat 2 hours. Nabeel enjoyed every minute of the donut making session and the indulgence after that!

Homemade Doughnuts
It’s a fun task to undertake with kids, they just love all the shaping and decorating part of sweets.

Take my word; try it out with your child this weekend.

HOMEMADE EGGLESS DONUTS RECIPE – Makes 12 to 14 donuts

Ingredients
Refined wheat flour / Maida – 2 cups
Salt – ½ teaspoon
Butter, melted – ¼ cup
Vanilla essence – ½ teaspoon
Warm milk – ½ cup
Sugar – 2 tablespoons
Fresh yeast – 1 tablespoons OR Dry Yeast – ½ tablespoon
Oil – for frying

Method

Step 1 – On a dry surface or in a dry bowl put flour, salt, butter and vanilla essence.
Step 2 – In another bowl, mix milk, sugar, yeast well and keep aside till light froth appears on the surface of the mixture.
Step 3 – Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and knead the dough till smooth and pliable. Use more milk to knead, if required.
Step 4– Cover the dough with a damp cotton cloth and leave it to rise for 20 to 25 minutes.
Step 5 – Once risen, take the dough and punch out all the air from it.
Step 6 – Roll the dough flat to about ¼ inch thickness and cut out rings using a donut cutter. If you do not have a donut cutter then use a 2.5 inch diameter disc and for the hole in the center use a bottle cap. Refer image for better understanding.

Step 7 – Place the cut out donuts on a dusted tray or plate and cover it with a moist cloth. Let the donuts double in size.
Step 8 – While the donuts rise, heat enough oil for frying them in a wide wok or kadhai. Ensure temperature is not too high else the donuts will burn from the outside and remain raw inside.
Step 9 – Fry the donuts on medium heat till light brown, remove them on an absorbent paper.
Step 10 – Dust the hot donuts with some powdered sugar and cinnamon powder or try the toppings given below.

Doughnut toppings

Donut Topping Ideas

Classic Glazed Donuts – Mix icing sugar with little water to make a thick glaze. Dip cooled donuts, halfway, in the glaze and place on butter paper to dry.

Chocolate Truffle Donuts – Prepare chocolate truffle by mixing equal parts of milk chocolate & hot cream. Cool the truffle till desired coating consistency is achieved. Dip the donuts (they should not be hot), halfway, in the truffle, top with coloured sprinkles and serve.

Peanut Topped Donuts – You can make a peanut topping for donuts by crushing some ground peanut chikki and sprinkling it on hot donuts. If chikki is not handy, then spread chunky peanut butter over cooled donuts.
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Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

It’s been long since I baked something using chocolate. I have been baking a variety of things, some for the blog, yes, but chocolate is the whole and sole reason I took to baking. My conscious was pricking me for not utilizing the mounted pile of compound chocolate that usually doesn’t last more than a month. So one fine weekend, to satisfy my ego and my taste buds, I pulled out a recipe of Chocolate Cake all set to bake.
The chosen recipe was off the label of a prominent brand of cocoa powder that I received (a boxful) as a gift lately. A very simple, one bowl type recipe where you just dump everything in a vessel, mix it and bake it. Yes, that simple! My kinda recipe, especially when I am impatient to bite into one of my chocolate creations.
I had never baked cupcakes so I decided to spoon the batter into cupcake moulds and since this greedy soul (me) was craving chocolate I decided to add chocolate chunks to the batter (as chips would have failed here). After using chocolate chunks in Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies, I have become a fan and try to use them wherever I can for the XXXtra special chocolate extravagance.

Chocolate Muffin

The sight of every cake makes Nabeel sing “Happy Birthday to you”. That is how he relates to cakes after attending the many birthday celebrations of classmates in school. So whenever I bake or buy cakes/cupcakes Nabeel has to sing and cut the cake with a knife. Sadly, he doesn’t enjoy eating the cakes with same enthusiasm. I hope that changes soon praying.
I made the cupcakes on a Sunday morning and they easily made up for the “absent” breakfast (that I never would have managed to make). Unintentionally, our Sunday begun with a celebration and the day was well spent in good spirits.

Why don’t you bake these moist cupcakes and celebrate too, in Nabeel style? 🙂 

Chocolate Chunk Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients to make 12 to 15 cupcakes
1 cup castor sugar
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 egg
½ cup milk
¼ cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup hot water
Dark chocolate (approx 150grams)
Step 1 – Heat oven to 180 C. Line cupcake tray with wrapper and keep ready.
Step 2 – Cut the chocolate into bite sized chunks.
Step 3 – Except the chocolate chunks and hot water, add all ingredients in a bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. If mixing manually, whisk till the ingredients combine well to for a smooth batter.
Step 4 – Slowly mix in water, it’s going to be a thin batter compared to usual cake batter. Do not panic.
Step 5 – Pour in the prepared tray and bake for good 30 to 35 minutes.
Step 6 – Keep looking through the oven glass door, just when you think the cupcakes have risen and will be ready in a few minutes, remove the tray and dip the chocolate chunks in the cupcakes. You have to be real quick here as the cupcakes might sink if the temperature fluctuation is for too long. Also make sure the chocolate chunks are not placed on top but dipped right in covered at least 80% by the batter. If they are left on top they will burn. Use your judgement to gauge if the cupcakes have baked enough to hold the chunks.
Step 7 – When ready remove the cupcakes and let them cool before indulging.

Chocolate Cupcake

Tips: 1) If you find the chunks are burning in spite of being dunked well in the cupcakes then lightly place foil on top and bake.
2) The cupcakes are not too sweet..the chunks lend their light sweetness and bitterness to the flavour. Choose which chocolate you want to use, accordingly.
3) Since the batter of this recipe is going to be very thin it is not a good idea to mix the chunks in it before baking. Thus, refrain from doing so.

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Playdate Menu – Post 3

Playdate Menu 1

Hi there! This is a continued post of Play date Menu, which is divided into 3 posts. If you haven’t read Post 1, read it here it has the recipes of Melon & Pineapple Drink and Penne & Chunky Cheese. Click here to read Post 2 which has the recipe of Mince n Cheese Quesadillas. And, this is Post 3 which has recipes of Brownie Cup Sundae and Banana & Chocolate Sandwiches.


Brownie Cup Sundae

Brownie Cup Sundae Recipe
I had once seen a perfectly styled image of brownie cups in a food magazine, since then it has been on my mind and this is my attempt to re-create it. I have used the cups to make a vanilla sundae topped with things that kids savour.
Honestly, more than the kids the mother went gaga over the idea and now I have been assigned a task of teaching them how to make the cups during the next play date. You may read below to learn the same 🙂

For the Brownie Cups (approx. 10 cups)
100grams butter
100 grams dark chocolate
100grams refine flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
150grams castor sugar
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Other Ingredients
Vanilla Ice cream
Sundae Toppings like nuts, dried fruit, coloured sprinkles, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, rice crispies, fresh fruit etc
Oil for greasing the cake trays

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Step 1 – Melt chocolate and keep aside to cool.
Step 2 – In a clean vessel, beat butter and sugar with an electric beater till the mixture appears light and fluffy.
Step 3 – Add in the eggs, one by one, and beat lightly taking care not to curdle the batter.
Step 4 – Add in vanilla essence and the melted chocolate. Mix lightly by hand.
Step 5 – Fold in all the remaining dry ingredients and pour the mixture into a greased cupcake tray. Fill each cupcake mould 3/4.
Step 6 – Place the tray in a hot oven which has a temperature of 180C.
IMPORTANT Step 7 –We don’t want the brownie to bake completely. Once the sides are firm with the centre still wet remove the tray from the oven. Take another identical cupcake tray, grease it from the bottom (not in the mould) and place it on the just out of the oven tray. Lightly press it on the baked cupcakes. This is going to be messy with the uncooked batter oozing out from the sides. Wipe it and keep the tray back in the oven (along with the second tray) to bake the unbaked mixture. Remember we are making cups for the sundae. I dint have a second identical tray so I used the individual small cake moulds. Please refer to the picture for a better understanding of how this step has to be executed.

Baking the Cup
Step 8 – In 5 minutes or so the brownie cups would be ready. Remove from oven and let it cool. Gently pick up the top tray. This is going to be tricky and only if the top tray was perfectly greased from the outside will you be able to remove it without any hassles. What you see in the original tray are soft and cute brownie cups waiting to be served. Remove them from the tray and keep aside to cool completely
Step – 9 When you are ready to serve the sundae, place a scoop or 2 of the vanilla ice cream in one brownie cup, pour some chocolate syrup and sprinkle different toppings. You can also do a hot and cold sundae by warming the brownie cups lightly before assembling the sundae. Make sure this is served as well as eaten quickly.


Banana n Chocolate Sandwiches

Banana & Chocolate Sandwiches Recipe
Since fruits are something Nabeel has not made friends with, I am constantly thinking of coming up with creative recipes using fruits. It was a Eureka moment one fine morning while consuming my daily dose of banana; I came up with this idea of sandwiching chocolate in between banana slices. Yummmyy!! Banana and chocolate is marriage made in heaven you can’t go wrong with it and neither can anyone resist it, yeah not even banana hating kids 🙂 . So I knew, the next time I had to prepare something that kids would relish it was this. Here goes the extremely simple recipe.

Ingredients
2 firm yet ripe bananas (please don’t use very ripe bananas they will never make good sandwiches)
1/ 2 cup mixed grated chocolate, a combination of dark and milk (depending upon your taste increase or decrease the type of chocolate)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

Step 1 – Prepare the chocolate sauce by melting chocolate in a heavy bottomed pan. Since this is very less quantity of chocolate it is best melted in a microwave or hot oven. Melting over the gas stove is tricky and there are more chances of the chocolate scorching. Take your pick.
Step 2 – Once melted take off heat and add in milk. Milk is to get a shine and adjust the consistency of the sauce; you may add more or less milk, accordingly. However, remember we need a chocolate spread (not really a sauce) that will not run out from the sides.
Step 3 – Few minutes before serving, cut banana into even no. of thick slices (refer to picture). Place half the slices on the serving plate, spread the chocolate sauce over them and sprinkle little walnuts. Top with remaining slices of banana to create individual sandwiches.

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With this recipe ends my Play date Menu. Hope you find the recipes easy to follow and recreate. Would love to get your feedback. Also, feel free to share some of your personal favourite kid friendly recipes.

If you missed out on the earlier 2 posts worry not they can be read here & here.

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Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

Hello everyone, I am back, after a long break. With the festivities around and school shut the family and I ventured out for small trips. I am back now and here’s a recipe for Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies.

I first made these cookies out of desperation to finish off the little oats that had been lying in my fridge for months. At 10 in the night, I googled the recipe, modified it as per my convenience and set out to make a batch of cookies. Nabeel was up and he showed much excitement in preparing them. He actually mixed and shaped the cookies. After about an hour and a half, there we were, Nabeel and I munching some freshly baked cookies oozing of chocolate and flavour. We had found our own little quick recipe that was to ensure the cookie jars were never empty and so I picked up a huge pack of rolled oats, on my next trip to the grocery store.

Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

I made these again today especially for my readers. Nabeel is away at school which gives me the freedom to mix, click, add, shoot, shape, bake, and post. A second batch will be made once the master chef is back from school and all ready to roll 🙂

What I best like about the cookies is you can bake them at varying lengths to get the texture you like. The first time I baked these for a short time which resulted in chewy cookies with a gooey center, today, however they were baked for long which produced hard, crunchy cookies. So, depending upon your mood and texture preference you can adjust the baking time.

Another great thing about the cookies is they are made of oats. While we all know oats porridge is the ideal way to consume oats, however, at times it may get boring due to its the blandness and slimy texture (this explains why the oats had been lying in my fridge for months). Nabeel may be a foodie but he has a fussy palate. Anything, bland, tasteless, lacking awesomeness is quickly rejected. So when these cookies were polished off by him in no time, I was a happy mother with the prefect “Nabeel pleasing” oats recipe 🙂

Main Ingredients

Besides, the cookies being butter free, loaded with chocolate and super easy to make are the reasons you should try them today.

Till then, love being a mommy!

Double Chocolate Chunk Oats Cookies (yes, you may drool)
Makes 9 big cookies

Double Chocolate Chunk Oat Cookies

  • Oats – 3/4  cup
  • Powdered Sugar – 1/4  cup
  • Egg – 1/2,  beaten
  • Flour – 1/2  cup
  • Vegetable oil – 1/4  cup
  • Dark Chocolate Chunks – 1/2  cup
  • Baking Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt – 2 pinches
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Good quality Cocoa Powder – 2 teaspoon (I used Hershey’s)

Step 1 – Mix the dry ingredients; oats, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in a huge mixing bowl.

Step 1 - Mixing the dry ingredients
Step 2 – Add in the remaining wet ingredients, except the chocolate chunks.

Step 2 - Adding the wet ingredients
Step 3 – Beat or vigorously mix the mixture for 1 minute. If you find the mixture very dry add a few teaspoons of oil to get smooth dough.

Step 3 - Mixing the dry and wet ingredients lightly
Step 4 – Finally, add the chocolate chunks and mix well. Divide and shape the dough into 9 cookies.

Step 4 - Finally, add the chocolate chunks
Step 5 – Place the cookies on a greased cookie tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 15min (for chewy soft cookies) or 20 to 25min (for hard cookies).

Step 5 - Baking the cookies