Recipes for picky eaters – home-made crackers
I used to spend a fair bit of time developing recipes that ticked boxes for picky eaters.
They were often a little unusual as my key parameters to take into account were things like texture, look and mouth-feel. Taste though, was also always important.
This home-made cracker recipe is one I have made with many super-selective eaters and had a win.
It was designed to be followed by a primary-aged child either on their own, or with minimal input from a parent. I have had multiple older children use and enjoy the independence having a simple, step-by-step recipe affords though.
The recipe uses colour coded measuring cups and every step is shown in both words and pictures. It’s perfect for those who find reading a bit more of a challenge or for younger children where pictures are easier to understand.
Having a child make a recipe independently is really empowering and gives them enormous investment in the end result. Although this does not guarantee they will eat what they have cooked, it really does support more willingness to try.
This recipe is probably best halved if making for the first time. That’s a great maths challenge for older children and a bit of frustration for parents of younger ones ☹
Apologies, redoing all the photos is a step too far for me at the moment.
I hope you are able to use this recipe with the children as it is easy and fun to do.
Following a recipe, measuring and producing food are excellent lessons in many areas, from maths to employing instructions so it definitely ticks boxes in the learning department too!
Judith is mum to two boys, a tween and a teen. My dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
I delight in showing parents how to get picky eaters eating in simple, gentle, practical steps that anyone can master. I graduated from Cambridge University and have qualifications in nutrition, parent education and am a trained telephone support worker for ParentHelpline. I am currently working towards a Masters degree in Psychology. I would love to understand more of the “why” behind fussy eating and to eventually spearhead research in this area.