World Book Day: No Bake Gruffalo Crumble Recipe

If the thought of putting together a World Book Day costume fills you with dread, why not choose to mark the day in a different way. Last year, I wrote some ideas for using traditional tales with toddlers.  This year I thought we’d try something else.



As huge Julia Donaldson fans, I decided to use one of her most popular books to inspire us.  I thought it would be fun to make a Gruffalo ‘crumble’. I wasn’t up to actually making a crumble and ideally wanted to make something that just involved mixing lots of ingredients so my girls could be as involved as possible. Therefore, I opted for a fridge cake. This no bake option basically involves breaking up biscuits and mixing with some melted chocolate and a few other ingredients. So simple.



To make our fridge cake Gruffalo themed, we added dried fruits and sweets to represent different parts of the Gruffalo. Check out the ingredients list below to see what I mean. Because our treat is a Gruffalo ‘crumble’, there is no need to try and create a Gruffalo as the idea is that he is mashed up inside. Hopefully this isn’t too traumatic for little ones.



  • 400g Digestive biscuits
  • 150g Milk Chocolate
  • 150g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Butter
  • 75g / half a cup Golden Syrup
  • 70g Dried Apricots (Orange eyes)
  • 70g Raisins (Black tongues)
  • Purple Jelly Tots (Purple prickles)
  • Green Smarties (Poisonous warts)


1) Place biscuits in a food bag and, using a rolling pin, bash into small pieces. Little ones will love this part and can use their hands if it’s easier.


2) In a glass bowl, melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup over a pan of simmering water.



3) When melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add in all the dry ingredients (except smarties and jelly tots). Mix well. Again, little ones can help here and can be bribed not to lick fingers by being given the chocolaty bowl at the end.



4) Spoon the mixture into a silicone tin or otherwise line a shallow square tin with cling film.

5) Using the back of a large spoon or potato masher, press down on the mixture to level and compact.



6) Add green smarties and purple jelly tots on top to decorate. Somehow ‘dispose’ of remaining sweeties. I’m sure you’ll find a way.

7) Put in the fridge for 2 hours to set.

8) Cut into squares and enjoy your Gruffalo Crumble.

Whilst we were making our delicious Gruffalo crumble, we retold bits of the story and the girls remembered lots of the body parts that we were including. If you haven’t already read this amazing story, go grab your copy now.




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