Fun DIY Party Menus for Kiddie Parties

Kids love Birthday Celebrations, and Parties are a great opportunity to celebrate with amazing food. Party food for kids can be colorful, exciting, and healthy, but sadly kids’ parties have become synonymous with sugary foods, mostly store-bought that are loaded with saturated fats and preservatives. However, these great ideas will help you avoid the junk, and make kids’ parties healthier, more special, colorful, and fun – all with minimum fuss.

These sumptuous party foods below follow the theme ‘Keep it simple’. You will realize that planning a party menu isn’t that difficult after all!

1. Chocolate Crackles

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Chocolate crackles are sure to be a birthday party favorite with kids of all ages. They’re super easy to make with no fancy ingredients. A great way to serve the humble muramure; tasty to eat and pretty to look at!

Procedure

In a large bowl combine 4 cups rice puffs/puffed rice/muramure, 1 1/2 cups jaggery, 1 cup shredded/grated coconut, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1/4 cup slivered/roughly chopped almonds. Mix well. Pour 3/4 to 1 cup coconut oil (Add little more or less as per consistency. Melt oil if it is solid) over the dry ingredients and combine well, ensuring all ingredients are covered with the coconut oil.

With a spoon, fill cupcake cases and place on a baking tray or muffin tray.

Chill in the refrigerator for one hour.

2. Cinnamon Apple Chips

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Chips are inevitable from a birthday menu. But store-bought ones are high on unhealthy and re-used oil, unhealthy fats and poisonous additives and preservatives.

These healthy cinnamon apple chips are sweetened with natural honey. Slice them up and bake for a healthy snack to replace store-bought chips.

Procedure

Preheat oven to 100 Degree Celsius and line two oven trays with baking paper.

Toss 3 thinly sliced apples (you can use granny smith or any eating apples like Royal Gala etc.) with 3 teaspoons natural/raw honey. Dust with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Line trays with a single layer of apples and bake for 2 hours (a little longer if your slices are thicker). 

Remove chips from oven together with the baking paper and cool on a wire rack (lift them a little from the paper to make sure they don’t stick).

3. Chicken and Avocado Pinwheels

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One of the most nutrient-dense foods, avocados are high in fiber and, ounce for ounce, they top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.

This delicious combination is sure to make the little kids drool. So yummy and healthy!

Procedure

Using a knife, remove crust from 2 slices of bread. Using a rolling pin, flatten each slice.

Combine 1/2 a large avocado and 2 teaspoons lemon juice along with adequate salt, pepper and freshly chopped coriander leaves in a bowl.

Spread on 2 slices of bread the avocado mixture. Top with 2/3 cup of finely chopped or minced cooked chicken. (cook with a pinch of salt, pepper and small piece of crushed ginger)

Starting from one end, roll up bread tightly to enclose filling. Cut each roll into 4 slices. Place sandwiches, cut-side up, on a large plate. Serve.

4. Wholewheat Pizza Puffs

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Pizza Puffs are such a great way to serve a whole lot of healthy ingredients in bite-size portions. Kids love hand-held foods and these puffs are delicious and are sure crowd pleasers.

These muffins go up a notch because they are prepared from 100 % wholewheat flour as opposed to the processed all purpose flour used in most pizza recipes.

Procedure

Pre­heat the oven to 375 Degree Fahrenheit. Grease a mini­ muffin pan and line with muffin liners

In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 3/4 teaspoon baking powder. Whisk in 3/4 cup milk and 1 lightly beaten egg. Stir in 1 cup grated/shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup cooked and shredded chicken (you can add grated/finely chopped veggies like bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, broccoli etc to replace chicken) Let it stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini­ muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. (oven times may vary) Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through.

Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce as a dip.

5. Sunburst Smoothie with the Goodness of Carrots and Pineapple

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Juice is always the favorite and most awaited item at a birthday party. But why not tweak it into a healthy and equally tasty smoothie with fresh veggies and fruits?! Children will love them. And a welcome change to the sugary juices available at the market.

Procedure

Steam 1 cup of roughly chopped carrots (you can even add it raw if you have high power blender) and add to a blender. Blend carrots along with freshly squeezed pineapple juice until smooth.

Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tablespoon natural or raw honey, 1/2 cup plain thick yoghurt and a few ice cubes to your blender and blend until frothy and smooth.

Serve cold!

Notes:

You can also add things like oats, chia seeds, flax seeds etc to this smoothie for a power packed nutritious drink.

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