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Quick and Healthy Party Food for Children

14th December 2020

Read our quick and easy party food ideas that children will love for the taste and you’ll love for the goodness! 

When searching for quick and healthy party food ideas for children it can be easy to fall back on the classics like fruit platters and carrot sticks with dip. But children are just like adults when it comes to food – variety is key. 

So why not mix things up at your next party with these quick and tasty recipes that will have the children coming back to the table time and time again. 

Homemade Sausage Rolls 

Always a crowd-pleaser, our sausage roll recipe is hearty, nutritious and easy! Plus, the children can get involved with chopping, mixing and molding the ingredients into long sausages ready for the oven! 

Makes 12 sausage rolls 

Ingredients 

  • 500 grams mince 
  • 1 egg 
  • ½ cup tomato sauce 
  • 3 slices of bread 
  • 2 carrots (grated) 
  • 1 onion fine diced 
  • 2 celery stalks fine diced 
  • 2 clove garlic fine diced 
  • 2 tablespoons mixed herbs 
  • 4 sheets puff pastry 
  • Whisked egg to brush on the pastry 
  • Poppy seeds to garnish if desired.

Method 

  • Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  • Soak bread slices in a bowl of water. Drain off excess water before adding to the mix (the bread should be soft enough to break up whilst mixing).
  • Thaw puff pastry. Crack the egg in a small jug. Whisk well. Combine sausage mince, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bread slices and sauce in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 8. 
  • Lay a sheet of pastry on a flat surface. Cut sheet in half horizontally. Spoon 1/8 of the mince mixture down along the long side of one pastry half, shaping mince into a long sausage shape. Brush opposite long edge with a little egg mixture 
  • Roll up pastry to enclose filling, finishing seam side down. Brush top of log with egg mixture and sprinkle with poppy seeds.  
  • Cut into 6 short pieces. Place pieces, seam side down on prepared tray, 2cm apart. Repeat with remaining mince mixture, pastry and egg wash.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. 

Watermelon Pizza 

Ingredients 

  • ¼ watermelon 
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt 
  • Blueberries 
  • Banana 
  • Strawberries 
  • Kiwi fruit 

Method 

  • Cut watermelon into pizza-like slices, leaving the skin on. 
  • Chop fruit into desired sizes and shapes. 
  • Top watermelon slices with a little of the yoghurt then add your toppings.
  • NOTE: Get creative and use any of your child’s favourite fruits. 

Zucchini Banana Bread 

This is always a favourite, served warm with some butter or honey on the side. Yum! 

Makes 1 loaf 

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour 
  • 3/4 cup wholemeal self-raising flour 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 cup rice milk 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana 
  • 1 cup grated zucchini.

Method 

  • Preheat oven to 175c and line loaf tin with baking paper. 
  • In a bowl combine the flours, sugar and cinnamon. 
  • In a separate bowl combine the banana, oil, rice milk, vanilla and vinegar, then stir through the grated zucchini.
  • Transfer into the baking tin and cook for approx. 30-40mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

 

Bliss Balls: 3 different flavours 

These bliss balls are perfect for parties – they’re easy for the children to hold and eat, and won’t leave a trail of crumbs. Plus, they’re tasty and nutritious and the mixture can be made and frozen for up to three months – so you’ll never be short of a tasty treat again. 

Makes 15 balls 

Raisin and Coconut 

  • 1 cup sultanas or raisins 
  • ½ rolled oats 
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa 
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. 

Fig, coconut and pepita  

  • 1 cup dried figs 
  • ½ rolled oats 
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil.

Cranberry, orange and sunflower seed 

  • 1 cup dried cranberries 
  • ½ rolled oats 
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds 
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil.

Method 

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until chunky and combined. 
  • Continue blending if you want a smooth paste. 
  • Roll into balls and coat with coconut, cocoa or dark chocolate for a special treat. 
  • Refrigerate. 

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