If your little one lives with gluten intolerance, you’d know that creating fun and delicious gluten-free snacks for kids can be difficult. While there are more options available at supermarkets than ever, it’s likely that you’re still spending plenty of time looking at ingredient lists and searching for appealing options.
It may be a time-consuming exercise, but having gluten-free options may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of gluten intolerance in children that occur when their digestive system becomes irritated and inflamed by foods containing gluten (a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye). With symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fatigue to contend with, it’s a small price to pay for a healthier and happier child.
If you’re looking for gluten-free kids snacks that your little one will love, start with these three delicious recipes:
Great as a snack or gluten-free breakfast for kids, pikelets are not only quick to make but can also be whipped up with just a few fridge and pantry staples.
- 1 cup of gluten-free flour
- 1 tablespoon of gluten-free baking powder
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup of premade Bubs Goat Milk Toddler Milk Stage 3
- 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil for frying
- Sift the gluten-free flour and baking powder into a bowl.
- Lightly beat the egg and add it to the flour mixture.
- Slowly add the premade Bubs Goat Milk Toddler Milk Stage 3, mixing until smooth.
- Melt the butter or coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Place spoonfuls of the pikelet batter in the frying pan. You may choose to make mini pikelets or larger pikelets, depending on your preference.
- When bubbles start to form on the surface of the pikelets, flip them and allow the other side to brown.
- Transfer pikelets to a bowl or plate and top with your little one’s favourite fruit, sauce or toppings.
From One Mum To Another: While our gluten-free pikelets are delicious on their own, incorporating sweet or savoury additions can be a great way to make morning or afternoon tea more interesting. Try adding fruit, vegetables and other yummy natural flavourings for countless gluten-free kids snack options. For inspiration, our Chicken and Sweetcorn Pikelets and Goat Milk Pancakes both incorporate some tasty ingredients.
Homemade Tiny Teddies
Now and then, a sweet treat can make a fun addition to a lunch box or a platter of fruit, vegetables and other healthy gluten-free snacks for kids. Enjoy a new take on an Australian favourite with our homemade, gluten-free tiny teddies. Gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free and freezer-friendly, these delicious bites tick plenty of boxes.
- 1⅓ cups of gluten-free flour
- ½ a cup of brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ cup of butter
- 2 tablespoons of premade Bubs Goat Milk Toddler Milk Stage 3
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 180℃ and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Add the gluten-free flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, butter and salt to a food processor. Pulse until blended.
- Add the vanilla extract and honey to the mix and pulse until a dough forms.
- Add the premade Bubs Goat Milk Toddler Milk Stage 3 a little at a time, pulsing to combine.
- Remove the dough from the food processor and knead until well combined.
- Shape the dough into a rough disc shape, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for approximately an hour.
- Once chilled, roll the dough out between two pieces of baking paper. Continue rolling until the dough is around 3 to 5mm thick.
- Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut out the dough, placing each biscuit on the baking tray you prepared earlier. Be sure to leave around 1cm between each biscuit to allow them to spread as they cook.
- Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow the biscuits to cool completely before eating or storing.
Healthy Banana, Mango and Peach Muffins
A great option for busy bubs on the go, our gluten-free banana, mango and peach muffins are filled with plenty of fruity goodness. Not only is this a delicious gluten-free snack recipe, but it’s also dairy-free and suitable for vegetarians.
- 2very ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups of gluten-free flour
- 1 Bubs Organic Mango, Peach and Banana baby food pouch
- ¼ of a cup of sunflower or vegetable oil
- ¼ of a cup of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon of gluten-free baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 180℃ and lightly grease or line a muffin tin.
- Place the bananas in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
- Add the Bubs Organic Mango, Peach and Banana baby food pouch, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup to the mashed bananas, and stir until well combined.
- Next, add the gluten-free flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder to the banana mix and combine.
- Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Place muffins on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving.
From One Mum To Another: For a fun new take on these delicious muffins, try experimenting with different flavours of our fruit-based baby food pouches.
Your little one is sure to enjoy each of these yummy recipes and their tiny tummy will be happy too. Don’t forget to get a snap of your creations & tag us @bubsaustralia