Growing minds and growing children need nourishing food to keep them properly fueled for school and other activities throughout the day. Grab an apron and a chef’s hat and set your kids up for a fun at-home cooking lesson with these ten kid-friendly recipes sure to keep them busy.
#1 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 Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Trade in that traditional PB&J Sandwich for a hot lunch meal with this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Tenders. 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 Bunny Pancakes
Show your little chefs they are some “bunny” special with this recipe for homemade Bunny Pancakes. Serve up a stack of fluffy flapjacks then let kids create fun bunny faces with their favorite fruits and vegetables like bananas, blueberries and shredded carrots. Looking for a savory and sweet addition to this dish? Add a spoonful of nut butter and a drizzle of a smart sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
#4 Cake and Fruit Kabobs
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 Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
Busy school days usually mean rushing out the door with a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast in hand, but when the family is home during the week, make every morning easy like Sunday morning with this delicious recipe for homemade Cinnamon Raisin Rolls. Fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat, this a recipe the entire family will love starting their day with.
#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
If students 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 Peppermint Planter Brownies
Bring the great outdoors inside with this fun recipe for Peppermint Planted Brownies. Children can imagine being a gardener or chef or both. Looking for some easy ways to add extra vegetables to your children’s daily meals? Let them whip up this recipe for Secret Spinach Brownies, complete with a daily dose of leafy greens.
#9 Pumpkin Crust Pizza
Pizza is an all time favorite for children and adults alike. Let your kids bake up individual Pumpkin Pizza Crusts then 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
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.