Lockdown may be easing slightly, but after 12 weeks even the most inventive parents are running out of inspiration to keep the kids entertained. By this point the focus is mainly on keeping everyone happy and what better way to do that than whipping up a storm in the kitchen.
Cookalong 4 Families is just the thing to get the family cooking together and then eating together. What’s more, Danone will give £1* to charity partner Family Action, which supports vulnerable families, for every video view.
In a series of live videos featuring friends of Danone such as bestselling author and one-fifth of UK girl band The Saturday’s Frankie Bridge, kids will have fun learning to cook simple recipes using everyday ingredients including Danone’s new range of no added sugar** yogurts developed with families for families.
Perhaps more importantly though parents will get a helping hand in answering the eternal “what’s for dinner?” question at least one night a week.
Frankie says: “We’ve been up to all sorts of fun with the boys over the last few months. From blue hair to homemade sand and water slides – but I really can’t wait to have some fun in the kitchen and share some easy, healthy, home cooking with other families in need of a bit of lockdown inspo!”
Keeping family firmly at the heart of the idea, Danone has partnered with charity Family Action who transform lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are either experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the UK.
David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive from Family Action says; “We are delighted to be working with Danone on such a fun idea. For every view of the livestreams during the campaign, they will donate £1 to Family Action.
This will go toward supporting vulnerable and low-income families during lock-down, the school holidays and beyond by providing free nutritious meals along with opportunities for family bonding. We can’t wait to see what is created!”
The first YouTube livestream will be hosted by Madeleine Shaw on Wednesday 10th June at 4pm. Another four live episodes will follow every Wednesday at 4pm featuring Frankie Bridge, Fiona Connor, Hannah Michalak and Laura Jackson.
Danone invites families to watch live to raise money for Family Action and get involved in the fun by creating the delicious recipes at home and sharing their creations on social media using the hashtags #cookalong4families #simplywhatmatters #stayathome.
Cookalong 4 Families Schedule – information on the series can be found on Instagram @danone.yogurt and all live cookalongs will be hosted on the Danone UK & Ireland YouTube Channel
Madeleine Shaw, Wednesday 10th June, 4pm
Laura Jackson, Wednesday 17th June, 4pm
Frankie Bridge, Wednesday 24th June, 4pm
Hannah Michalak, Wednesday 1st July, 4pm
Fiona Connor, Wednesday 8th July, 4pm
For all recipes from the Cookalong 4 Families initiative, visit www.danoneyogurt.co.uk
RECIPES FOR COOKALONG 4 FAMILIES LIVE ON WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE 4PM WITH MADELEINE SHAW
Yogurt Bark Recipe
110g of Danone natural yogurt
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
A handful of dried fruit, seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, granola, berries etc.
Now you just need to…
Mix yogurt and sweetener
Spread onto a lined baking sheet
Sprinkle over toppings
Freeze for a couple of hours
Take out and break into pieces and store in the freezer in an airtight container
Banana Blueberry Yogurt Muffins Recipe
110g Danone blueberry & blackcurrant yogurt2 eggs2 ripe bananas mashed1 tsp baking powder100g oat flour50g oats½ tsp cinnamonPinch of salt100g frozen blueberries
To serve: a spoonful of Danone yogurt
Now you just need to…
Preheat the oven to 200C
Place all the ingredients except for the blueberries in a blender
Blend until combined (some lumps are okay)
Fold through the blueberries
Pour into muffin moulds and bake for 15 minutes and leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving
Strawberry Yogurt Ice Lollies
110g Danone strawberry yogurt3 tbsp honeyA handful strawberries
Now you just need to…
Mash strawberries and honey
Mix honey and yogurt together
Pour yogurt into mould followed by coulis
Freeze until set
Danone’s Natural yogurt range can be found nationwide at ASDA, Morrisons & Tesco, RRP £2.00 for 450g pot.
Danone’s Simply Fruit and Kids ranges can be found nationwide at ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s & Ocado, RRP £1.50 – £2.50.
*Danone will donate £1 per view to Family Action (charity no. 264713) up to £60,000
** Contains naturally occurring sugars