Kid-Friendly Jackfruit Meals

How to turn a picky eater into a jackfruit lover!

Got a picky eater on your hands? Jackfruit makes it easy to sneak more plants into your little one’s favorite meals, adding flavor and fiber without sacrificing the fun! Not sure where to start? Keep scrolling for some of our favorite kid-friendly jackfruit recipe ideas, sure to help your child go beyond PB&J and discover how delicious plant-based can be.

Jackfruit Quesadilla

This kid-approved weeknight dinner can be made in minutes, and this recipe is easily customizable. If your child isn’t a fan of bell peppers, you can swap those out for any veggie they do like (think: leafy greens like spinach or kale, broccoli, butternut squash) or leave them out altogether. Use our Tex-Mex Jackfruit or Smoked Pulled Jackfruit, your favorite dairy or non-dairy cheese, classic flour or gluten-free tortillas, and serve with a side of mild salsa for dipping. And just like that, a super-easy and super-tasty dinner is served.

BBQ Jackfruit Mac ‘n Cheese

Whether you prefer your mac from a box or homemade, we guarantee that adding our BBQ Jackfruit will make it better. The flavor combination is a fave among kids and parents alike—and with so many pre-made options to choose from these days, it couldn’t be simpler to whip up.

DIY Jackfruit Pizza Bar

Here’s a fun and interactive idea, perfect for a weekend slumber party or Sunday supper: a build-your-own Jackfruit Pizza night! This is a great way to introduce your tots to new veggies, while serving them a meal you know they’ll love.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pizza dough formed into mini personal pizzas.
  • A variety of sauces (olive oil, marinara, BBQ sauce, hummus, etc. Get creative!)
  • Toppings: Jackfruit (any of our Jackfruit Meal Starters would be great), red and green bell peppers, olives, onions, crimini mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, leeks, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil, cilantro, and any other herbs or veggies you’d like to add.
  • Your favorite plant-based cheeses.

BBQ Jackfruit Sliders

What’s cuter than a little sandwich in a little hand?! BBQ Jackfruit Sliders are always a crowd-pleaser, and crowds of children are no exception. Serve your mini me a mini sandwich made just for them, and they’ll be a jackfruit lover in no time.

Ripe Jackfruit Smoothie

Does your kid have a sweet tooth? This Jackfruit Dream Smoothie is a fun, fiber-filled way to introduce them to delicious and nutritious Ripe Jackfruit. Great as a breakfast or snack, a jackfruit smoothie offers a kid-friendly way to sneak in more fruits and veggies (like spinach, kale, cauliflower, beets…) Just blend it all together, and enjoy!

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