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Getting your children involved in your family meal preparation has been proven to help children develop a healthy attitude towards food and can also be a good way to introduce new foods to even the fussiest of eaters.

Not only does it allow your child to feel happy to be helping mum and dad out in the kitchen, preparing Ramadan meals together can be used as a valuable teaching tool about the month of Ramadan such as why we fast and the benefits of doing so. Instilling this from a young age will make them look forward to the month of Ramadan every year as they feel involved. 

Be prepared, it may get messy but it will be a whole lot of fun for the both of you! 

We’ve rounded up a few iftar and sehri recipes that are nutritious, easy to make and will ensure your child is satiated from sehri to iftar (if they are fasting!). Be prepared, it’s going to be messy! 

10 Child-Friendly Ramadan Recipes To Make

1. Date balls 

Have plenty of dates to spare? Blitz them up in a food processor and make them into date balls. A great energy-boosting snack and a creative way to break fast too. You can get the kids to roll the date balls into cocoa powder, crushed cornflakes, sprinkles, desiccated coconut, crushed nuts – the world is your oyster. 

You can find a recipe here. 

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2. No-bake Monster Bars

Is your little one fasting or trying out their first fast this year? These monster bars make for a great sehri snack or even an energy-booster post iftar. The best part is that the bars or balls can all be made in one bowl and requires no baking whatsoever – minimal cleaning and super safe! You can change up what the kids mix into the bowl: chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, m&ms or smarties, dark chocolate chips, raisins etc. 

You can find a recipe here

3. Juices, Smoothies and Milkshakes

Juices, smoothies and milkshakes are a refreshing way to open fast for the young ones and also are superb at packing in plenty of fruits and vegetables. Help them chop up the ingredients beforehand using a child-friendly knife and cutting board, let them load the blender and press start. It’s quick, easy and healthy! 

Here are some combinations you can try:

  • Almond and date milkshake
  • Strawberry and banana smoothie
  • Mango and coconut smoothie
  • Avocado milkshake
  • Orange and carrot juice
  • Kale and pineapple juice
  • Strawberry milkshake 

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4. Crescent and Star Rice Krispy Treats 

One of the main lessons of Islam is to be kind to your neighbour so get your kids involved in making some of these lovely crescent and star treats that they can then gift to your neighbours (socially distanced, of course). A delicious, chocolatey lesson! 

P.S. You can buy halal marshmallows online via amazon or use marshmallow fluff which contains no gelatine. 

You can find the recipe here.

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5. Pizza Rolls

There is no going wrong with pizza especially in a roll up version like these zucchini pesto pizza rolls from The Kitchn. Not only are they freezer friendly and are easy to make with the kids, depending on what vegetables you choose to use, these pizza rolls can pack in a sneaky amount of vegetables. Just be careful you don’t eat them all before your kiddo. 

You can find the recipe here

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6. Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are packed with plenty of protein, fats and carbohydrates and can do a good job of keeping your child filled up from sehri until iftar. It’s a quick and easy recipe for them to make and they can mix and match any fruits they want to put in. There are a variety of recipes for them out there but here is one of our favourites:

You can find the recipe here.

7. Chocolate Covered Dates

Let’s face it, kids either love or hate dates but there seems to be a universal agreement that chocolate covered dates are a winner. This activity is a little messy but it will have your kids dunking, dipping and sprinkling with different ingredients of their choice. 

You can use toppings like crushed nuts, sprinkles, oreos, candied fruit peel, rose petals etc. and combine it with a melted dark/milk/white base. It’s semi-healthy and encourages children to have a nibble of this blessed fruit. 

8. Mince Meat Pastries 

These mince meat pastries are a winner with any child and even adults too. You will have to make the keema filling first and let it cool down before getting the younger kiddos involved, but they’ll love rolling and filling the pastry out before sloshing it in an egg wash. If your child is older, this is an easy peasy recipe to teach them to make with little supervision. The filling can also be used in samosa or spring rolls. 

You can find the recipe here

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9. Quesadillas 

Quesadillas, like pizza, are always a crowd pleaser and can be a great way to use up any leftovers you have from previous iftars or for stuffing with plenty of vegetables. They are also very quick to make which is perfect for a weekday evening. Your little one can help pile it high  with cheese before folding over – they can also assist you from a distance whilst cooking them up. 

Here is a great recipe for butter chicken quesadilla. 

You can find the recipe here

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10. Cheese and Veg Muffins 

These cheese and vegetable packed muffins are not only ideal for opening fast or as a pre-dawn snack but they also are a fun activity for your child to do whilst passing time during Ramadan. They can pick and choose what vegetables they want to throw in like chopped mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli and sweetcorn as well as halal turkey bacon and an assortment of cheeses too. 

MMM Tip: You can sub out flour for more eggs to make them egg muffins instead. 

Find a recipe here

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