5 Minute Iftar Desserts to Prepare with Kids
There’s always room for dessert. And guess what? There’s always time to prepare one as well!
Finish your Iftar with these speedy, delicious sweet treats. All you need is 5 minutes, a few simple ingredients, and some help from the little ones.
Fruit and Berry Salad with Cookie Crumbles and Whipped Cream
Use any fruits and berries that you have at home, for this speedy dessert salad. Chop the fruits and add them with the berries onto a serving plate. Crumble your favourite cookies on top (we like Oreos and chocolate chip cookies!) Whip some cream and season it with a sugar and vanilla. Serve alongside the fruit and cookie salad.
Put a Middle Eastern twist into it! Add chopped dates or pomegranate seeds.
Frozen Banana and Berry Ice Cream
For this one you need to be a bit prepared. Have some ripe bananas sliced and frozen in advance. You can actually prepare the ice cream using only bananas, but frozen berries make this ice cream extra tasty. We love to use frozen raspberries for flavour and appearance!
Let the frozen bananas and raspberries thaw for a little while, then add them to a food processor. Mix until smooth. Scoop into bowls and serve immediately.
Put a Middle Eastern twist into it! Add a pinch of cardamom and cinnamon powder when you’re mixing the ice cream, or a dash of rose water.
Crumble any kind of cookies or sweet crackers into glasses (tip: put the cookies into a plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin).
In a bowl, combine one or two packets of cream cheese with a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt. Sweeten the mixture with sugar to taste. Add vanilla and/or 1-2 Tbsp of lemon or lime juice. Mix until smooth. Scoop into the glasses, on top of the cookie crumbles. Garnish the cheesecakes with berries or sliced fruit.
Put a Middle Eastern twist into it! Soak a few saffron threads in 1 Tbsp of hot water beforehand. Use the infused saffron in the cream cheese mix.
Caramelized Pineapple with Ice Cream
Roll fresh pineapple pieces in sugar. Melt some butter in a pan. Once hot, add the pineapple and fry over a low heat on each side until the pineapple has caramelized nicely. If you like, dust with a bit of cinnamon. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Put a Middle Eastern twist into it! Garnish the dessert with peeled pistachios and chopped walnuts.
Use your imagination to create an abundance of dessert skewers. Add any fruit pieces (banana, kiwi, mango, pineapple, watermelon, grapes) and berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) that you might have. If you have leftover cake (brownie, shortcake, lemon pound cake), cut it into cubes. Find any soft candy that you can pierce with a skewer (marshmallows, fruit marmalade, fudge, wine gum). Finally, thread all the goodies into wooden skewers! Or better yet – don’t! Let the kids enjoy the task.
Put a Middle Eastern twist into it! Add lokum (Turkish delights), maamoul (date filled cookies) or pieces of baklava to your skewers.