Fulfilling the culinary wishes of your gluten intolerant child can prove to be a daunting task. On one hand, you are afraid of harming your child by feeding them gluten containing desserts. On the other hand, you are reluctant to disappoint your child by limiting their food options.
Children deserve to have great liberty when it comes to choosing their food. The onus is on the parents to make sure that their kids have enough options to choose from. This shouldn’t mean that you have to allow your children to eat junk or gluten.
There is a wide variety of healthy, gluten free desserts that your children can indulge in. The following desserts are all safe for consumption, regardless of whether your child has wheat allergy, celiac disease or mild gluten sensitivity.
1) Riceworks Crisps
This may sound like free advertising, but this product truly deserves a mention in this list. This is because most kids love crunch foods (perhaps the noise delights them) and these crispy gluten free treats fit the bill. They are one of the few packaged products in the market that can be consumed without having any worries about incoming health complications. The best thing about these crisps is that they are available in a variety of flavours, which means that you don’t have to look for products from other brands. Some of the flavours include Baked Cinnamon and Parmesan and Sun Dried Tomato. These crisps are the perfect snacks for kids who are on the run.
2) Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise
Nearly every kid in the world loves chocolate cupcakes. They would love it even more if it comes with a surprise. Our idea of a perfect surprise to go along with a chocolate cupcake would be a marshmallow filling. After all, chocolates, cakes and marshmallows seem like the ideal trio for a delicious sweet treat. This is a great combination of fun eating for gluten intolerant children. To prepare this simple and delectable dessert, you need bittersweet chocolate, gluten free baking soda, gluten free baking powder gluten free sugar and flour, canola oil, buttermilk, eggs and sour cream. Mix the ingredients in standard amounts and place the marshmallow cream in the middle. To create the frosting, you can combine cream cheese, vanilla beans and unsweetened cocoa along with a bit of gluten free sugar.
3) Apple Crisps with Homemade Whipped Cream
Most children don’t mind eating apples. It is the one fruit that you can repeatedly use in creating desserts for the kids. By using tart apples, gluten free flour and sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter, you can come up with an amazing apple crisp that your kids can munch on throughout the day. To make the dessert even better, you can top it off with some homemade gluten free whip cream. In fact, making this apple crisp recipe could be your opportunity to spend some quality time with your child as he or she can join in on the act by mixing the dry ingredients while you take care of the apples.
4) Angel Food Cake with Strawberries
Cake and strawberries is simply a match made in heaven. When serving angel food cake, it is always better to serve one that has been baked at home. If you don’t have the time to bake the cake, you can ask a friend, a relative or a neighbour who is great at baking to prepare the angel cake for you. Relying on store bought food products is not really the right option for your child. The strawberries add natural sweetness to the cake and serve as a brilliant gluten free topping that will surely satisfy the taste buds of your little one.
5) Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Gluten free dessert recipes isn’t all about the cakes, the breads and the crisps. You can also make wonderful gluten free cookies for your child. Kids love sweet cookies, especially during the holiday season. TO make the sugar cookie gluten free, all you have to do is mix them pumpkin instead of other gluten containing ingredients. You might not want to tell your child that you have used pumpkin in the cookies. Let them taste the cookie at first. If they love it, then tell them that pumpkin is the secret ingredient. To make the cookie, you would need unsalted butter, sugar, salt, orange zest, gluten free flour, vanilla beans (don’t use vanilla essence) and cubes of fresh pumpkin.
6) Hot Chocolate
With so many delightful gluten free desserts to bank on, you would need a great drink to complete the package. Don’t give your kids any hot chocolate drink. Make a gluten free version at home. All you would need is buttermilk, chopped bittersweet chocolate, gluten free sugar and homemade whipped cream for the topping.