14 Dessert Recipes That Kids Can Make!

Intro

If there’s one thing about dinner time that isn’t a constant struggle with kids, it’s dessert! And while every kid loves dessert, all the options can be a little overwhelming. That’s precisely why we have written this article. We’re giving you fun dessert ideas that are so simple that kids can actually help you make them!

What Makes a Good Dessert?

Before we get started, let’s talk about a few basic fundamentals of making a dessert. We know, your kid probably wants the sweetest, most chocolaty thing available. But if you do it right, you can actually make desserts that are delicious and not overly unhealthy. And we know, health is probably the last thing on your mind when it comes to making a tasty dessert, but it doesn’t hurt to try!

That is why, in this list, we’ve focused on desserts that are easy, fun, and even some that are pretty healthy! Of course, some options are healthier than others, and your child is bound to prefer some desserts over others, but we’re focused on giving you a full range of options that are simple enough for your kid to participate in the preparation process! This post contains affiliate links to relevant products. If you purchase through them I may make a commission on qualifying orders

14 Dessert Recipes That Kids Can Make

Banana Split

We’re starting with one of the easiest to make, and perhaps the biggest kid favorite – the banana split! What kid doesn’t love a banana split? Just take a few scoops of ice cream, add half a banana to either side, and top with all the ice cream toppings that kids love (and don’t forget the whipped cream!). We aren’t going to pretend this is healthy (save for the banana), but it’s hard to deny that kids love it.

Cookies

Cookies are a great entry for any kid into the world of baking. Cookie recipes are so simple and basic, and you can have your kids held you measure out some of the ingredients, or mold the cookies into balls. Plus, what kid wouldn’t want to help you out in exchange for a little bit of cookie dough? 

Brownies

Brownies

Along the same lines as cookies are brownies. Brownie recipes are quite simple as well, and your kid can learn the basics of baking by measuring out some ingredients, and learning how to use various measurement tools. You can even have them help you with other tasks such as spreading the icing. We particularly love the simple brownie recipe in the Yum Schooling Cookbook for kids.

Fruit and Yogurt

On the healthier end of things, we have a fruit and yogurt dessert. This one doesn’t take much preparation at all. Have your child help you prepare some of their favorite fruits. Add to some yogurt, and you’ve got a healthy dessert in under 5 minutes.

Cupcakes

How about baking some cupcakes? The process is just as easy as cookies and brownies, and your child can continue their adventure into the world of baking. Kids are eager to help out as long as they are given a well defined task. Put them in charge of measuring certain ingredients. They are especially eager to help when they know that the reward is fresh cupcakes!

Milkshakes

Milkshakes are always a popular choice. All you need is a blender, some ice cream, milk, syrup, and some ice. From there, you can let your creativity run wild. Try adding some chocolate syrup and peanut butter for a delicious shake. The great thing about milkshakes are that it is hard to mess up the proportions, so kids can easily experiment with their own recipes.

Muffins

Muffins are a healthier alternative to an overly sweet dessert. Similar to cupcakes, your kids can easily help you make muffins. Kids make great helpers when it is clearly explained to them what they need to do. Have them measure out the ingredients and fill the muffin baking cups.

Ice Cream Cones

Why not keep it simple with ice cream cones? It’s a basic dessert that every kid loves.

S’mores

Done best over a campfire, s’mores are an awesome dessert and definite kid-favorite. All you need are graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate. If you aren’t near a campfire, try baking them in the oven until the marshmallow is golden brown.

Pudding

Whether you make it from scratch or use a pudding mix, pudding is an easy recipe that kids can learn to help out with. Making pudding is so easy that most kids can learn to do it completely on their own!

Frozen Lemonade Popsicles

Frozen Lemonade Popsicles

With the help of some popsicle molds, any kid can learn to make their own popsicles with any sort of flavour they want! Simply fill with juice and freeze. In a couple hours you have delicious homemade popsicles.

Ants on a Log

Ants on a log are known as a healthy snack option, but they’re so delicious that they can pass as a dessert as well! Take some celery, fill with peanut butter, and add some raisins. For dessert, you can even substitute the raisins with chocolate chips. It’s an easy option that is healthier than your typical dessert, and kids can prep it fully by themselves!

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn Popcorn is another very easy dessert option. Once kids learn how to use  a stove-top popcorn maker (this is the popcorn maker we have and love) they can make this super simple treat themselves. You can also use the kettle corn to make a salty sweet snack mix with a just a few more ingredients. This is a fun dessert for a movie night.

Frozen Chocolate Bananas

Frozen chocolate bananas are so easy to make. Put a stick into a banana, dip into some melted chocolate, and freeze! You’ve got a delicious banana “popsicle”! Aside from melting the chocolate, kids can make this one on their own, and it’s quite a bit healthier than many other classic dessert options.

Conclusion

Thanks so much for reading through our list. We tried to present you with many dessert options that kids can make themselves, or at least assist you in preparing. Desserts are a fun way to spark interest in cooking from a young age!

15 Recipe Ideas to Help Kids Learn to Cook

15 Recipe Ideas to Help Kids Learn to Cook

Are you looking to get your kids involved in the kitchen? It might seem like a dream, but you’d be surprised. Many kids are actually eager to help out, and it might just be a matter of finding the right way to motivate them! Often, kids are happy to try a new task if they can see a reward for their hard work, and they know it will lead to something they enjoy (like one of their favourite meals!)                         

In this article, we’re giving you 15 meal ideas that are ideal for helping kids learn to cook! These meals are simple, hands-on, and they all result in dishes that kids love.

Safety First!

Before we get started, it’s important to mention one of the main considerations that should be top of your mind when cooking with kids, which is safety. There are many sharp objects and hazardous appliances in your kitchen that you probably want to keep your kids away from.

In this article, we have included recipes which all have steps options for keeping kids clear of sharp objects and hot surfaces. But it goes without saying that it’s always important that kids are monitored while in the kitchen. These recipes are ideal for you to work together. You can handle the tricky stuff, and let your kids handle the fun stuff.

Make Your Own Pizza

Let’s start it out with perhaps the most popular kid-friendly cooking recipe of all – make your own pizza! This one is sure to please, as it gives kids their own opportunity to make their own version of one of their favorite foods. Have the pizza dough prepared, and let your kids put on the sauce, cheese, and toppings!

Taco Night

Taco night is another easy, kid-friendly meal. Your kids can help you get all the toppings ready, and once it’s all good to go, everyone can make the tacos they enjoy most!

Meatballs

Meatballs

Meatballs are a great way to get kids involved in the cooking process. You can have them mix together the ingredients themselves, and even form their own meatballs. It’s just a bonus that kids love meatballs!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Of course, chocolate chips cookies, most people’s entry into the baking world. Cookies are a great way to teach kids about cooking measurements, and kids can form the cookies themselves. Just make sure they don’t eat too much dough!

Mac and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese is an easy one. Kids can learn about various kitchen tools such as a cheese-grater, and can learn to measure out the ingredients with your help. They can even help you decide exactly how cheesy to make it.

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are an easy go-to, and beloved by so many kids, even a picky eater. You can buy some croissant dough, or make some yourself. Kids can have fun wrapping up each hot dog individually, and they’ll love to see how quickly everything can be cooked!

Scrambled Eggs

One of the most basic meals you can make in a kitchen is also one of the best places to start! Your kids can learn to crack eggs and whisk together ingredients. They can watch you as you cook the eggs on the stove. This one gives kids a full look at the entire cooking process, for such a simple dish.

Smoothies

Do smoothies count as cooking? Maybe so, but regardless it’s a great way to teach your kids all about mixing ingredients into something that is way more than the sum of its parts! Not to mention it could be a great way to create a health snack that kids actually enjoy.

Tuna Salad (Sandwiches)

Tuna salad is a tasty meal, and it’s easy to teach kids how to make it. If you’re using canned tuna, it’s a great way to teach kids to use a can opener. They then can get experience mixing all the ingredients. Have it on a sandwich, or eat it on its own!

Ants on a Log

Ants on a log are a healthy snack and so easy to make! Some celery, spread some peanut butter, and add some raisins. These are a great snack that kids can make totally on their own, and it’s always a bonus to find a healthy snack that they actually like.

Another extremely simple recipe, but sometimes you have to start small!

Turkey and Cheese Tortilla Roll-Ups

Turkey and Cheese Tortilla Roll-Ups

Tortilla roll ups are a fun twist on a sandwich. Add some turkey and cheese in between two tortillas, roll it up, and slice. Kids will have a fun time putting it together and rolling it up.

Burgers

Burgers are another fun recipe that kids can learn. Similar to meatballs from above, kids can learn to mix the ingredients and shape the patties. You can even show your kids how you cook them on a barbecue!

Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a kid favourite, and so easy to make. Kids can learn how to shred cheese, and load up their own quesadilla with their favourite ingredients. It’s such a simple meal, but it’s great when kids can be involved in the process from beginning to end.

Grilled Cheese

Another easy one, and you can have your kids prepare the sandwiches while you cook them on the stove. Cheese, bread, butter, that’s all you need for a delicious grilled cheese!

Burritos

How about some make-your-own burritos? Your kids can help you to get all the ingredients prepared, and can dress up their burrito however they want. They can even try their hand at rolling them up, although that’s a bit trickier than it seems!

PB & J!

Let’s round it out with perhaps the most kid-friendly recipe of all time, a simple peanut butter and jelly! Every kid should know how to make their own PB & J.

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped inspire you to get your kids started in cooking from a young age. You’d be surprised how quick they can pick up on it, and just how much they might enjoy it!

Fun Meals For Kids: 5 Quick and Easy Recipes

Introduction

When it comes to prepping meals for kids, finding something that they actually enjoy can sometimes feel like an impossible task, especially if they’re a picky eater. Of course, you want to find an easy meal that your child will enjoy, but you also want to make it somewhat nutritious. And it’s a bonus if it’s quick and easy to make!

This delicate balance is the focus of this article. We’ve picked 5 of our favourite quick and fun meals for kids.  Each easy recipe is sure to be a great family meal.

Making the Ultimate Dinner Choice?

Most parents could probably keep their kids happy just by having pizza every night, but we’re guessing that’s not why you came to this article. The key is to pick a meal that is quick and easy, but alsohas the nutritional components of a meal that you can feel good about.

In this article, we have considered meals that are fast and simple, but also are full of fresh and healthy ingredients, andtaste great. And of course, it’s great to have some variety so that things don’t get stale. We’ve included options from a variety of different cuisines, and we think your kid will be excited about all of these fun and easy meals!

So read on if you want our suggestions for some fun, easy meals for any day of the week. And once you start to experiment with different dishes, you will find that your kids’ palettes will start to expand as well.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

First up is turkey sloppy joes. This is a meal that packs all the taste of a traditional sloppy joe that kids love, but adds the benefits of using a leaner, lower-calorie meat option. You can whip this one up in minutes, here’s how you do it:

Turkey Sloppy Joes

  • Mix a pound of lean turkey and1 chopped red onion. Put in a skillet and cook over medium for roughly 7 minutes until turkey is cooked through.
  • Stir in one can of smooth tomato sauce, ¾ of a cup of barbecue sauce, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, a sprinkle of chili flakes (if you want it spicy), and 1 tsp black pepper.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to bring to a simmer. Let simmer while stirring for roughly 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls.

Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a fun and easy recipe that kids love. The best thing with quesadillas is that anything goes. You can pack them full of as many veggies as you want! Kids have fun choosing how to dress up their own quesadillas:

  • Stir Fry the Veggies: Heat oil in a large pan over medium. Stir in your favourite chopped veggies. Cook for roughly 10 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Prep Tortillas: Place tortillas on baking sheet. On half the tortilla, combine ½ cup Mexican shredded cheese blend with 1/3 cup salsa, and the vegetables of your choice.  Fold tortilla over.
  • Bake in oven at 325F until cheese has melted (roughly 10 minutes).

Breaded ChickenTenders

Chicken fingers are a classic choice for any kid! While it’s easy to buy the frozen fingers, they are actually quite simple to make at home. Not only are they easy to make, they are healthier and in our opinion, taste even better!

  • Beat together 1 egg and 1 tbsp water in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs with 1 tsp garlic powder and salt to taste.
  • Slice chicken breast into strips. Coat chicken strips in flour, dip into egg-water mix, and then dip into bread crumbs mix.
  • Place chicken strips onto greased baking sheet. Cook at 425F for 10 minutes per side until chicken is no longer pink on the inside.

Meatballs

Meatballs

Meatballs are a tried and true dinner for kids and adults alike! Meatballs are delicious on their own, or you can use them to spice up your pasta dishes, serve them over rice, and much more. The first step is making the perfect meatballs, and it’s so easy:

  • Mix together in a large bowl: 2 pounds ground beef, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs or crumbled crackers, ½ onion diced, 1 egg, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/3 cup diced parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Shape mixture into meatballs which are all approximately the same size for even cooking(Roughly 1 ¼ inches each). Place meatballs on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes at 400F.

Kebabs

Kebabs are another meal that is highly delicious and highly flexible. You can basically put whatever kind of meat and veggies you want on a kebab (depending on what your child likes to eat!). They are fast to make, and you can throw them right on the barbecue. We love a steak and veggie kebab:

  • Mix together in a large bowl the marinade: 1/3 cup olive oil, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp garlic mince, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp parsley.
  • Cut 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak into 1 1/4 -inch cubes.
  • Pour marinade into a bag and combine with steak cubes. Let rest in refrigerator for four hours.
  • Chop veggies roughly the same diameter as steak cubes. Recommended veggies include bell peppers, white mushrooms, broccoli, or red onion. Drizzle veggies with olive oil and salt.
  • Layer steak and veggies onto a kebab in your desired order.
  • Cook on BBQ at medium-high for roughly 10 minutes, flipping every 3 minutes or so. Cook until steak is medium-rare or medium, and veggies are lightly blackened.
  • Let rest for a few minutes and serve.

Conclusion

Thanks very much for checking out our guide on quick and easy recipes for your kids. We included recipes that are fast, but also high in nutritional content. It is always great when you can find a recipe that tastes great and is also nutritious.

Try out these fun meal ideas that you and your childrenwill love. The key to making a habit of healthy eating is to mix things up. So have fun with it, try these recipes out and keep things fresh in the kitchen!