The humble jackfruit is incredibly versatile! Check out various ways to include jackfruit in your kid’s diet with these healthy jackfruit recipes for kids.
When we think of jackfruit, most of us think of the sweet yellow flesh of a ripe jackfruit, that’s delicious to eat on it’s own. At most we might also consider the seeds of the jackfruit, which can be fried or ground into various dishes. But the truth is that the jackfruit can do so much more than all this!
Which other fruit can simultaneously turn into a smoothie, an ice cream, fries and even biryani? The humble jackfruit! Besides it’s versatility in cooking, the jackfruit is packed with nutrients, and is an excellent food for kids over the age of one. It’s packed with fiber, helps to improve immunity and ensures a smoothly running digestive system. It’s true – you shouldn’t underestimate the jackfruit!
So let’s go ahead and look at the various ways you can include jackfruit in your family’s diet, with these tasty and healthy jackfruit recipes that are sure to be a hit with kids!
Please note that you can make your own healthy substitutions for the ingredients in the recipes. You can use organic jaggery, coconut sugar or dried dates powder instead of sugar. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour and can also substitute small quantities with Sathumaavu flour. Adding dry fruits powder or mixed nuts powder will also improve the taste while increasing the nutritional quotient.
32 Tasty and Healthy Jackfruit Recipes for Kids
The Little Epicurean brings us a delicious smoothie that’s perfect to start your day! With jackfruit, mango, banana as well as coconut milk and pineapple juice, it’s the ultimate tropical smoothie!
What’s better than a smoothie? A smoothie bowl, of course! The smoothie part of this recipe from Most Hungry is simple and healthy, but it’s the toppings where you can get creative! Try an assortment of chopped fruit, nuts and seeds that your child likes.
Biting into a slice of toast spread with this jackfruit jam from Erivum Puliyum is going to feel so satisfying! All you need for this recipe is jackfruit, sugar and lime juice, and it’s a great alternative to preservative-laden jams from the store.
Fancy a barbecue but don’t wan’t the hassle? Then you should try this jackfruit bbq from Organic Authority that uses a delicious homemade barbecue sauce! You can make it on the stove top and eat it any way you like – makes great stuffing for wraps!
Few things are as universally loved by kids as burgers! Now, thanks to this recipe from DIY Candy, you can make a jackfruit burger that’ll give any chicken burger a run for it’s money!
7. Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich
Kids love anything that’s creamy and stuffed into a sandwich, and this jackfruit ‘tuna’salad sandwich from Vegan Guide to the Galaxy is no different! You can use regular mayonnaise or avocado mayonnaise for a completely vegan recipe.
Whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant, my kids are sure to order spring rolls, which is why I love these baked versions from Euphoric Vegan! These spring rolls are loaded with healthy ingredients like jackfruit, mushrooms, carrots and sprouts, making them a super recipe!
There is hardly a kid who doesn’t like chicken nuggets, but if you’re vegetarian, you’re probably on the lookout for meat-free options. Your search has come to the end with this yummy recipe from Healthier Steps that uses jackfruit instead of chicken!
Kids love anything bite-sized, don’t they? And that’s the principle behind these jackfruit croquettes from One Green Planet! With chickpea flour and lots of spices, these croquettes are baked and not fried. Use fresh jackfruit instead of canned to keep it healthy.
Do your kids constantly clamor for snacks to eat which watching a game or a movie on TV? Avoid them munching on junk – instead try these loaded vegan nachos from Pumps and Iron, that are literally loaded with healthy ingredients!
12. Jackfruit Bolognese Pasta
Who says you need meat to make bolognese? Healthology shows us that it’s just as possible to make a delicious and ‘meaty’ bolognese sauce with jackfruit! This goes well will all kinds of pasta and makes for a filling meal for kids.
13. Jackfruit Kebabs
Kebabs just make any simple meal many times better, don’t they? Make these kiddie favorites with this recipe from Color and Spices, that requires only basic pantry essentials that you already have in your kitchen.
If you’ve got yourself a green jackfruit and nothing else in particular, then this easy jackfruit curry from Vegan Richa is what you should be making! With regular spices from your kitchen and just about 10 minutes of prep time, you’re all set!
Did you ever consider the possibility that you could make butter chicken without chicken? Well, Earth Chick proves you can! Just substitute a raw jackfruit and you have a dish that can fool anyone!
If you can make butter chicken with jackfruit, then the next step is obviously biryani! Kamal Kitchen gives us a lovely recipe that properly utilizes the meatiness of jackfruit to create a delicately flavored biryani that’s perfect for when you’re in the mood for a lighter meal.
17. Jackfruit Puttu
Puttu is one of the most popular breakfast dishes of Malayali cuisine, and this recipe from Ann’s Little Corner takes it up a notch by adding jackfruit to the mix! Jackfruit layered with rice flour and steamed – a truly Kerala dish!
Tired of your regular white dosas? Then this jackfruit dosa from I Camp in My Kitchen is just what you need! Blending fresh jackfruit into the batter gives it a delicious creaminess and flavor, that’ll have the whole family gobbling it up!
19. Jackfruit Idli
Once you make jackfruit dosa, can jackfruit idlis be far behind? Check out this recipe from Smitha Kalluraya that’s a tad different from regular idlis – it’s a sweet version, with jaggery and coconut – a welcome change from the usual!
Happie Trio has a recipe for traditional appams using jackfruit, that’s perfect as an evening snack. Serve it to your guests and watch the expression on their faces as they realize that the appams are made with jackfruit!
Give your family a sample of traditional Bengali cuisine with these jackfruit cutlets from Tarla Dalal! With mashed potatoes to add bulk and an assortment of spices to give it that zing, these are sure to be a hit!
You may have made plain pancakes, but if you get your hands on ripe jackfruit, you must give these eggless jackfruit pancakes from Priya Kitchenette a try! You can replace the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour to make it healthier.
These muffins from My Cooking Journey check all the right boxes – they’re free from refined flour, eggs, milk and refined sugar. Instead, they’re sweetened with jaggery and ripe jackfruit. You can skip the baking soda if you’d rather not feed it to your kids.
The Little Epicurean brings us a recipe for jackfruit muffins that are hearty and filling enough for breakfast. With a crunchy crumble on top, you can now say goodbye to breakfast battles with the kids!
If you enjoy baking your own bread or banana bread, this jackfruit bread from Treat and Trick will interest you. Serve it with a glass of milk or evening tea and the whole family will be smacking their lips!
The Flying Couponer has an interesting take on traditional upside down cake – this time, making it with jackfruit! We’d recommend whole wheat flour for a crumblier texture, and organic jaggery or coconut sugar as a sweetener.
27. Raw Jackfruit Cheesecake
Cheesecake is something most of us can’t resist, but have you ever tried raw jackfruit cheesecake? Well, now you can, thanks to this recipe from Vivapura! This is a no bake cheesecake, so no need to worry about the oven.
If you’ve been wanting to try a homemade ice cream recipe with a difference but didn’t want to invest too much time into it, this jackfruit ice cream from Full Scoops is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s eggless too, so go ahead and try it!
These Popsicles with white chocolate from Little Epicurean look so delicious I can’t wait to dig my teeth into one! The shredded coconut adds a nice touch on top, bringing some nuttiness to the overall flavor.
30. Jackfruit Kheer
Need a dessert to roundup your Eid feast? You can’t go wrong with this jackfruit kheer from Ann’s Little Corner! This recipe uses basic pantry staples to create a dessert that’s simple and loaded with the flavor of jackfruit.
Want to try something different to regular kheer? Check out this jackfruit payasam recipe from Sharmi’s Passions, made in full Kerala style, complete with coconut milk and coconut bits.
32. Jackfruit Burfi
There can’t be a simpler dessert you can create with jackfruit – other than this Jackfruit Burfi recipe from Yummy Tummy Aarthi! It uses all of three ingredients, including the jackfruit, which means you can make this in a jiffy!