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Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids

Francesca Sassii, 20 Jun 2018
Going gluten-free has become increasingly common these days amongst adults. There is less discussion around its benefits for kids, but some parents believe that it can be worth trying for the whole family. While research on the issue remains limited there is some anecdotal evidence that avoiding gluten proteins (those found in wheat and other grains) can help with behavioural and mood issues, with some even suggesting it helps reduce problematic behaviour associated with Autism. However others simply feel that going gluten is a healthier choice and indeed this diet does tend to cut down on the carbs and include more vegetables which is often what kids these days need. Whatever the reason, if you want to try getting more gluten-free items in your kids’ diets here are five tasty recipes to start you off. 
 
1.Egg + Veggie “Cakes”
 
A great on-the-go breakfast option, simply whisk up eggs, add any vegetables you have to hand and a splattering of your favourite cheese then pour the mixture into pre-greased cake moulds. Bake until firm then gently slid out of the tin to cool. For a heart-healthy option skip the cheese and opt for unsaturated fats to grease, such as vegetable oil. These are tasty served with some ketchup on the side, just know how to remove ketchup from clothes before you start (click here for more info!) as eating this kind of finger food can get messy.
Know how to remove ketchup from clothes before you start and everything will be just fine. 
 
2.Fruit and nut snack sticks 
 
This is a super easy snack to prepare, but always a winner with kids. Simply slice up their favourite fruit (think apple, banana, pear etc) and drizzle on a nut butter of your choice. Peanut is of course the classic, but get a bit more experimental with cashew or almond nut butters. 
 
Fruit and nut snack sticks   This is a super easy snack to prepare, but always a winner with kids. Simply slice up their favourite fruit (think apple, banana, pear etc) and drizzle on a nut butter of your choice. Peanut is of course the classic, but get a bit more experimental with cashew or almond nut butters.
 
3.Vietnamese style rolls
 
A tasty weeknight dinner option and one that children will enjoy preparing as much as eating. Get a load of raw veg and slice in very thin slivers. Take a small handful and arrange in the centre of a rice-wrap (these can be found in Asian supermarkets and online). Add some protein of your choice - scrambled eggs or chicken breast go well – mint, coriander and chopped peanuts, then wrap into parcels. Serve with gluten-free soy and sweet chilli sauce. 
 
4.Green crisps
 
Do your kids like snacking on potato chips? Try this healthier option with kale. Simply empty a full packet of kale into a shallow roasting tin and spray on some vegetable fat. Sprinkle lightly with salt and/or spices of your choice then roast until crispy, but not black (around 10 minutes).
 
5.Smooshed fruit energy balls 
 
For a gluten-free sweet-fix try making these tasty, fruit-based energy balls. In a mixer blend pitted medjool dates with ground almonds, raisins and some cocoa powder. Keep blending until smooth then squish into bite-sized balls and leave in the fridge to set. 
There are so many great gluten-free recipes that kids will love. Just make them appealing with fun and tasty ingredients and prepare to get messy!
 
Energy Balls

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