Looking for the best vegan cake and biscuit recipes to make with your kids? Look no further. Baking with the children is one of the sure fire ways to keep them entertained and being vegan doesn’t need to stop you from that enjoyment.
Vegan Baking With Your Children
I don’t know about you but I’m totally over the cold winter days and dark afternoons now. By the time The Little Restaurant Inspector is up from his nap each day, it’s almost time to start cooking dinner. This means we’re spending most afternoons indoors and if I hear myself saying “GET OFF THE WINDOWSILL” one more time I’m going to have a real life Falling Down moment.
So it’s about time I actually did something wholesome and fun rather than counting down the hours until bedtime. And what better activity with two very enthusiastic but completely incompetent toddlers than BAKING. Yes, you know, when they insist on stirring but flick cake mix everywhere instead then wander off and leave you to it.
With that in mind, baking with kids recipes need to be a combination of two things:
- Easy (so no weird ingredients that require a trip to a specialist shop or online-only supplier)
- Quick (before I lose them to another activity, such as trashing the living room or the aforementioned climbing on the effing windowsill).
With that in mind, here are some of my favourite vegan baking recipes that your children will love to help with.
Vegan Cakes and Muffins
I’m not sure if I should be ashamed or proud that my 18 month old can now say “cake please Mummy” but I figure that if I’m at least baking with him rather than just buying him cake it’s OK, right? Plus, I can sneak all kinds of added goodness into a homemade cake so at least I’m getting a little nutrition win.
Without further ado, here are my favourite vegan cakes and muffins recipes to make with kids:
This is actually my favourite EVER cake recipe. Forget kids, forget vegan. It’s so simple, rises perfectly every time, is moist and works as an everyday treat, birthday cake or basically any other excuse to eat cake. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Bananas for sweetness, raisins for chewy goodness. Is there any nicer smell on a winter afternoon than freshly baked banana bread? This is amazing as a dessert but equally good for breakfast. A multi-tasking cake – hurrah!
Vegan Cookies and Biscuits
Whether you’re into a a chewy, gooey cookie or a proper biscuit with a crunch, here are my favourite, super simple and tasty cookie and biscuit recipes to bake with your kids.
This is supposedly a Christmas recipe but who am I to stop anyone making delicious vegan versions of Jammie Dodgers at any time of year? These are really simple to make, my kids love thwacking jam everywhere and they look so pretty (well, if you make them without the help of a 3 and a 1 year old, they are).
As featured in my vegan bake off series, these shortbread biscuits are so tasty, hold together enough to be dipped in tea and my children love making them, especially cut into heart shapes and decorated with vegan sprinkles.
- Abby. Thanks Abby!).
It’s a little bit cheaty, and not TECHNICALLY proper baking because they use ready made pastry, but if you want a really easy and quick treat (also doubles as breakfast) to make with your children try my Vegan Banana, Pear and Cinnamon Pinwheels. YUM!
And that’s that! If you want some more vegan baking and recipe ideas, have a look at the recipes section of this blog, or follow @littlegreenduck on instagram for more simple, no-nonsense family vegan meals.