Growing minds and growing children need nourishing food to keep them properly fueled for school and other activities throughout the day. These ten kid-friendly recipes provide the nutrients they need and are loved by kids and adults alike.  " />

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10 Kid-Friendly Recipes to Keep Kids Busy and Nourished

April 13, 2020

Growing minds and growing children need nourishing food to keep them properly fueled for school and other activities throughout the day. These ten kid-friendly recipes provide the nutrients they need and are loved by kids and adults alike. 

#1 Banana Peanut Butter Parfaits

Glass of Banana Peanut Butter Parfaits
Bananas and peanut butter are a classic combination that can be enjoyed on its own, in a handcrafted sandwich or in this recipe for a Banana Peanut Butter Parfait. Super simple to make, this parfait recipe only requires a few easy ingredients and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Make a few small servings and store in the fridge to enjoy all week.

#2 Cracker Breaded Tofu Nuggets

Plate of Cracker Breaded Tofu Nuggets

Trade in that traditional PB&J Sandwich for a hot lunch meal with this recipe for Cracker Breaded Tofu Nuggets. Pair with a side of fresh vegetable sticks and a dollop of dipping sauce, like this honey mustard sauce, and you have a complete meal sure to keep stomachs satiated and taste buds satisfied all afternoon long.

#3 Peanut Butter Fluff Dip 

Bowl of Peanut Butter Fluff Dip with Simple Mills almond flour crackers
Whip up Peanut Butter Fluff Dip with only a handful of ingredients for an elevated after-school snack. Or, send in a reusable container as a tasty dessert option at lunch. Serve with Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and apple slices. 

#4 Cake and Fruit Kabobs

Plate of Cake and Fruit Kabobs made using Simple Mills vanilla cake mix

If your little ones are working on their dexterity and math skills, give them a fun and delicious math equation with this recipe for Cake and Fruit Kabobs. Soft squares of cake pair perfectly with fresh fruit selections like blueberries and strawberries. You can even include a fluffy frosting for a topping or side dip.

#5 Cacao and Avocado Hummus 

Bowl of Cacao and Avocado Hummus with Simple Mills pita crackers
Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food and when paired with avocado in this homemade Cacao and Avocado Hummus, it becomes a delicious, velvety dessert and snack. The entire family will love dipping their crackers, fruits and fingers into the bowl. 

#6 Easy S’more Cracker Bites

Gather around the backyard firepit or pretend you’re camping from the comforts of your own kitchen with these Easy S’more Cracker Bites. Made with only three easy ingredients, this recipe is super simple to make and will have everyone asking for s’more.

#7 PB&J Banana Bread

Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana bread on a plate made using Simple Mills Banana Muffin Mix
If kids are missing their lunchtime peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, why not whip up a freshly baked batch of this PB&J Banana Bread? Enjoy a slice for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack in between school subjects and activities.

#8 Vegan Homemade Cookie Butter

Jar of Vegan Homemade Cookie Butter made using Simple Mills Crunchy Toasted Pecan Cookies

This fun recipe for Vegan Homemade Cookie Butter takes only five minutes and four ingredients! It can be enjoyed with crackers and apple slices, adding an extra serving of fruit to your kid's day. Keep in an airtight container to last the whole week. 

#9 Mini Pizzas

Array of mini pizzas on countertop made using Simple Mills Pizza Dough Mix

Pizza is an all time favorite for children and adults alike. Help your kids bake up DIY Pizza Lunchables, transforming the classic lunchtime staple. Stick to the recipe or let them create their own culinary masterpieces complete with their favorite sauce, cheese and fresh pizza toppings. Need some ideas? Check out these pizza recipes:


#10 Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Bowl of popcorn, pretzels, assorted chocolates and Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Crackers

Forget the store bought trail mix and instead, let your children get creative in the kitchen with this recipe for Sweet and Salty Trail Mix. Made with almond flour crackers, chocolate candy pieces, honey pretzel sticks and sea salt popcorn, this snack is perfect to enjoy in between school assignments. Looking for something with a bit more bite? Try this recipe for Spicy Maple Cheddar Snack Mix.

Keeping active children busy and well nourished is simple when you have fun recipes to make. The next time you need some inspiration to keep your little ones busy, set them up for a successful day with one of these kid-friendly recipes.

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