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Easy Recipes for Kids to Make

With so many of us dealing with school closings right now, I thought I’d try to contribute with some ideas to keep the kids busy and happy.

But cooking with kids isn’t just a time-killer, it also helps prepare them for the future. There are so many reasons to teach kids to cook.

So here are some easy recipes for kids to make! A few can be made without any help at all but most require a little supervision, like turning on the microwave, standing there while they stir something at the stove, or cutting some fruits and veggies.

They’re mostly healthy or healthyish recipes. No processed stuff here!

50 Easy Recipes for Kids To Make – mostly healthy recipes for kids! Divided into how easy they are to make and includes lots of gluten-free, vegan, paleo and nut-free options.

Kids can learn that making healthy recipes isn’t just fun but can also be delicious, even without food coloring, junk food, etc. Now is the time to try to eat healthier to support our immune systems.

They’re also all naturally gluten-free or really easy to make gluten-free, like by using gluten-free oats.

I’ve also marked which ones are pantry recipes. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend stocking up on coconut milk, coconut oil, oats, almond and coconut flours, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, vanilla and nut butters. There’s so much you can do with just those ingredients!

Stay safe and enjoy the recipes! ♥♥♥♥♥

Recipes kids can make all on their own

There’s really not many recipes in this section since cooking without a stove, knife or microwave is hard. Thank goodness for no-bake balls and cookies!

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - peanut butter protein balls

My peanut butter protein balls are a reader favorite and kids don’t need any help to make them! Just measure, mix and roll into balls. (vegan / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - banana granola bars

These banana granola bars from Food Doodles aren’t regular granola bars, but I wasn’t sure what else to call them. You mix everything together, put it in muffin liners, and freeze. No help from the adults needed! (vegan option)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - no-bake PB&J cookies

Kids can also make my no-bake PB&J cookies without any help. Just mix together the ingredients, form into cookie shape, and add some jam. ( paleo, nut-free, vegan options / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - paleo no-bake granola bites

These healthy paleo no-bake granola bites from All The Nourishing Things are going to transform your snack attack! Made with only whole foods, no baking or cooking at all, and totally addicting! ( gluten-free, nut-free options / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - chocolate peanut butter protein balls

I’ve also got some protein balls for the paleo / grain-free kiddies! For paleo, use almond butter in these chocolate peanut butter protein balls, which use almond flour instead of the oats normally called for in energy balls. ( paleo, vegan options / pantry recipe)

Recipes that require blending stuff together with a blender or food processor

Once you drag out the food processor or a blender, a whole new world opens up! As long as you trust them to not chop their fingers off / not let chocolate pudding explode all over the kitchen, they can make these alone, too.

Recipes for kids to make - chocolate chia pudding

If you’ve got picky kids that might not like the weird texture of chia pudding, try my chocolate chia pudding, which is made completely in the blender and yields an amazingly creamy pudding. It’s SO much better for you than a boxed mix, but it’s still really delicious. ( paleo, vegan, nut-free options / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - healthy no-bake peanut butter cookies

These healthy no-bake peanut butter cookies from A Baking Journey are made without refined sugar and are fun for kids to make! (vegan option / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - healthy peanut butter ice cream

My 4-ingredient healthy peanut butter ice cream is even better than regular ice cream. At least I think so! And it’s 100% date-sweetened. ( paleo, vegan options / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - chocolate banana chia pudding

This chocolate banana chia pudding from Real Food Deals is a really easy recipe for kids to make and is mostly banana-sweetened ( paleo, vegan, nut-free options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - homemade peanut butter

How to make Peanut Butter – this might seem like a strange idea, but I think it’d be fun for kids to watch the progression of the nuts breaking down. There are very clear different stages that the peanuts go through. And all they have to do is dump the peanuts in a food processor and let it go! (pantry recipe)

I’ve also got a post on how to make almond butter, but that one requires toasting the almonds first, so it’s a little more time-consuming.

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – chocolate mousse

This ultra-creamy chocolate mousse from Tessa the Domestic Diva is made with all nourishing ingredients and is easy to whip together all in your blender! ( paleo, for vegan use maple syrup instead of honey)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – Trail Mix Oat Bites

These oat bites from Four Organic Sisters are perfect for weekly meal prep and lunchboxes. You can pack in a ton of extra superfoods (like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds.) These combine all your favorite trail mix fixins’ in one cute little grab-and-go oat package. Easily customizable and a fun activity for kids to help with. (vegan option / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - Healty Fudgesicles

My healthy fudgesicles are so creamy, nutrient-dense and kids can just measure, dump and blend it all together before pouring into molds.

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – healthy carrot cake balls

Aren’t these carrot cake balls from Dinner Mom a great option for Easter? They’re date-sweetened, too!

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - salted caramel chia oat balls

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings the healthy way with these salted caramel chia energy bites from The Fit Cookie. (vegan option / pantry recipe)

Recipes that require cutting with a knife

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – chocolate-covered banana split bites

These chocolate-covered banana split bites are delicious and fun to put together. ( paleo, vegan, nut-free options)

Recipes for kids to make - apple pizzas

These apple pizzas from Veggie Desserts are a fun and tasty treat. They’re a great healthy kids’ recipe for breakfast, lunch, dessert or a snack. Endlessly customizable, this healthy snack for kids will definitely delight children.

Recipes for kids to make - carrot cake overnight oatmeal

These carrot cake overnight oats from Food Doodles are filled with nutritious ingredients and can be made the night before. This way, you can make sure your kids have their breakfast made (and an actual healthy one!) and you can sleep in. 🤣 (vegan option)

Recipes that require melting stuff on the stovetop, but no real cooking:

Recipes for kids to make - vegan fudge

This vegan fudge couldn’t be any easier. If you’re not vegan, don’t let the vegan part put you off. It uses coconut milk in place of sweetened condensed milk but it doesn’t taste like coconut at all. It tastes 100% like normal fudge! A reviewer even said she prefers it over normal fudge.

Recipes for kids to make - healing ginger lemon gummies

I’ve actually made these healing ginger lemon gummies from Raia’s Recipes and they’re really good! ( paleo, nut-free options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – paleo peanut butter bars

My paleo peanut butter bars are no-bake and kids can make them without any help (if they’re able to melt chocolate on the stove / in the microwave). ( paleo, nut-free, vegan options / pantry recipe)

I also have these healthy peanut butter balls that are like the above recipe, but a bit more time-consuming because you have to roll them into balls. (vegan / pantry recipe)

Recipes for kids to make - elderberry gummies

Protect your gut and boost your immune system with these elderberry gummies from Healthy Christian Home! ( paleo )

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – chocolate peanut butter fudge

For my chocolate peanut butter fudge, you just mix everything together in a pot until melted. Then you pour it into a little pan, molds, mini muffin liners, whatever. ( paleo, vegan, nut-free options / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – peanut butter oatmeal bars

My peanut butter oatmeal bars are like candy bars, stuffed with coconut and oats to make them a little more healthy than just pure chocolate. They’re fun to decorate, too! (vegan / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – peanut butter coconut rice krispe treats

My peanut butter coconut rice krispie treats may not sound all that enticing but peanut butter + coconut butter is an amazing combination! (vegan option / pantry recipe)

The recipe does call for coconut butter, which I know some of you don’t have sitting around but I have a solution. Make this homemade coconut butter! You just need shredded coconut for that.

Recipes that require some stovetop action:

Easy Recipe for Kids to Make – no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

My no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are seriously SO delicious, easy and quick. (vegan option / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipe for Kids to Make – no-bake oatmeal cookies

Same is true of my no-bake oatmeal cookies. These are one of our family’s favorites! (vegan option / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – fruit tacos

Fruit tacos from Veggie Desserts are a fun and healthy dessert for kids to make. The fruit-filled crepes are quick, easy and endlessly customizable. Just use a gluten-free 1:1 baking mix in place of the flour for a gluten-free option. I’m pretty sure it’d work. Or use any crepe base!

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – healthy peanut butter rice krispie treats

My healthy peanut butter rice krispie treats use only whole ingredients and are super delicious. Sunflower seed butter can also be used! (vegan, nut-free options / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - PB&J Quesadillas

When PBJs get boring, try these strawberry banana quesadillas for a quick and fun little snack!

Baking projects that require more effort but would be fun for little ones to help with!

Recipes for kids to make - banana pancakes

I make these banana pancakes all the time. We have a constant supply in our freezer! They use ground up oats (oat flour) and taste like banana bread in pancake form. (nut-free, vegan option)

Recipes for kids to make - keto cheese crackers

Kids will love making their own homemade Cheez-its! You can make squares, poke holes or even use cookie cutters. My favorite recipe is these keto cheese crackers. I also have these whole wheat cheese crackers if you don’t need them to be gluten-free / grain-free.

Recipes for kids to make - perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies

My paleo chocolate chip cookies are my most popular recipe. I’ve had commenters who aren’t even gluten-free say that they’re the best chocolate chip cookies ever. ( paleo, vegan, keto options / pantry recipe if you use a chia egg)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - vegan peanut butter cookies

These vegan peanut butter cookies are another kid classic! I’ve never had a peanut butter cookie that’s more peanut buttery. ( paleo, vegan, keto options / pantry recipe)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – gluten-free peanut butter cookies

That above recipe isn’t hard to make but my gluten-free peanut butter cookies are even easier. They’re an improved version of those really popular 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies!

Main dishes / snacks:

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - Veggie Quesadillas

These veggie quesadillas from Food Doodles are another kid favorite. They’d make a great lunch!

Keep kids busy with this easy and delicious easy calzones recipe from Natural Deets! Use dairy-free cheese / gluten-free pizza dough for making it allergy-friendly.

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - whole wheat dinner rolls

These whole wheat rolls are a fun project and the result is the most amazing whole wheat dinner rolls that stay soft for days. Make a batch of these and you’ll have leftovers for sandwiches, hamburgers, etc.

I don’t have a gluten-free version of those but I’m working on one!

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – pita bread pizza

Pizza’s always fun! For a shortcut, try these pita bread pizzas from My Fussy Eater. They’re easy to make with gluten-free, whole wheat, whatever-kind-of pita bread fits your diet.

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – gluten-free pizza

For a homemade version, check out this gluten-free pizza from Gluten-free Palate, paleo pizza crust from My Natural Family, or whole wheat pizza.

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - quinoa pizza casserole

Or for a super healthy take on pizza, try this quinoa pizza casserole. (vegan option)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make – turkey bacon ranch pinwheels

These turkey bacon ranch pinwheels from Joy Filled Eats are a crowd-pleasing, five-minute prep snack or appetizer. They have a lot of flavor with only a little bit of effort. ( gluten-free, nut-free)

Recipes for kids to make - vegan bean burritos

This healthy Mexican veggie burrito from Nutriciously is perfect for meal prep or a to-go lunch. Easily customizable, this kid-friendly, wholesome comfort meal is so filling, rich in fiber and a true family favorite.

Drinks

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - chocolate avocado smoothie

My chocolate avocado smoothie has lots of healthy fats, is super healthy and… it’s chocolate! Kids will love it. You can also put it in a bowl and call it pudding because it really is thick. ( paleo, vegan options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - strawberry green smoothie

This strawberry green smoothie from Food Doodles is a fun way to get in some veggies. ( paleo, vegan options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - raspberry beet kvass

Don’t be scared by the beets, because raspberries and maple syrup make this a kid-friendly and super delicious probiotic drink! This raspberry beet kvass from Eat Beautiful is easy-peasy to make, and empowering too. 🙂 ( paleo, vegan options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - paleo blueberry smoothie

My paleo blueberry smoothie is a quick and easy recipe. For a non- paleo version, you can add some oats to make it a little more filling. Frozen blueberries work great! ( paleo, vegan options)

Easy Recipes for Kids to Make - apple pie smoothie

We’ve stocked up on a lot of apples as we’re out of freezer and fridge space. I’m sure we’ll be making my apple pie smoothie should we get bored of plain apples! ( paleo, vegan options)

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Sick of eating steamed vegetables time after time? Tired of making the same old meals? Make things exciting and fun, and explore vegetarian cooking with the recipes in this book. Don’t think that ‘meat’ can’t be part of your vegetarian diet! Even if you’re just interested in vegetarian dishes, you can make your own ‘meat’. You hear me! “Make your own meat!” I will show you the traditional Chinese way of making vegetarian meat. The possibilities are endless after you learn how! You can make Kung Po Chicken, Soft Blow Kidney, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and so much more. Learn and digest the recipes in this book. Then get creative, make your own dishes, and really explore vegetarian cooking.

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