Looking for easy low-carb recipes to make with kids while the world is shutdown for the coronavirus?
Baking with kids can be a breeze, but the recipe for success is a bit different than your regular day in the kitchen. Here is the winning combination in my book:
- Doesn’t take too much time from start to first taste
- Won’t be ruined if the measurements are off slightly
- Minimizes the amount of time kids are tempted to taste batter with raw eggs
- One bowl preparation - no double boilers or sensitive timing/temperature steps
And with this lock down of unknown duration, we don’t want to be filling the house with too many high sugar and carb-filled treats (both for our sake, and the kids). So we’ve rounded up some super kid-friendly recipes that are low carb, paleo friendly (and most keto friendly) but still delicious, and easy to whip up with little kitchen helpers.
Check out our roundup below of the best low carb ideas to make while we're all at home with the kids.
Almond Flour Banana Bread
Banana bread is always a winner with kids. This Almond Flour Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips from Fit Mitten Kitchen fits the bill for being easy and paleo friendly.
Okay, so this is actually our recipe for Decadent Dark Chocolate Truffles, but call them Chocolate Balls and they are perfect for the kids. The adult version is simply rolled in cocoa powder, but put the kids in control and let them choose between chocolate shavings, coconut flakes, or chopped nuts.
Not the fancy french macarons, but the hearty homemade coconut macaroon. Not only is it gluten free and dairy free, but you can easily adjust the sugar. This is our favorite non-keto version of Coconut Macaroons from Ina Garten sweetened with condensed milk. Or you can go with the carb free version with a great recipe for Keto Coconut Macaroons from Two Sleeves. No levening or chemistry involved here, so if the kids get the proportions a bit off you'll be just fine.
One of the things I love about crepes is that the batter has no leavening, so you can make it in advance and let it sit in the fridge. It also means that if the kids want to over-mix it, you don't have to worry! Also unlike pancakes, which seem to call desperately for sugary syrups - crepes can simply be topped with unsweetened whipped cream or coconut whipped cream (OMG, you've tried this right!) and tons of fresh fruit. This is another fun one to let the kids mix, pour, and top as they please! Check out this recipe for Almond Flour Crepes from Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food.
This is another fun one that you may not think of when sitting down to bake with the kids. As long as they are willing to eat dark chocolate, you can keep this to limited added sugar by selecting the right toppings. As always, the kids can have fun customizing their own section to make it their own. Check out this Chocolate Bacon Bark from Spoon University.