Easy Summer Recipes That Kids Can Make and Enjoy
Summers here on the Suncoast with children is an exercise in creativity. Finding things they can do outside sometimes due to the heat can get tricky. Additionally, with so many uncertainties around social distancing and other concerns, going into crowded air-conditioned spaces might not be your first option. Cooking with kids might be just the ticket. Of course, hot ovens in the blistering Suncoast temperatures are probably a hard pass for most parents. We have compiled five simple, no-bake recipes your kids can put together this summer all on their own. The good news, they are good enough – you will be stealing more than just a bite.
We have no shortage of fresh fruit options for recipes and snacking here on the Suncoast. To that end, the first easy recipe we are offering up is this simple, healthy Fruit Pizza:
- Peanut butter
- English muffin or whole wheat bun
- Chopped Fruit
- Cake sprinkles, banana slices, marshmallows, or raisins for toppings
Put some peanut butter on the prepared English muffin. Then, add fruit and toppings of your choice. If desired, drizzle a little honey over the top.
Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bites
Here is a healthy, refreshing alternative for sugary popsicles and ice cream treats. Children will enjoy making these in various molds, and these frozen yogurt bites are healthy and fun to eat on a hot summer day.
- 1 5.3 ounces container whole milk vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup fresh raspberries
- Place yogurt and raspberries in a bowl and mash with a fork. If you want chunks of raspberries, don’t over-mash.
- Using a small spoon or spatula, place the mixture into silicone molds.
- Tap once or twice to remove any air bubbles.
- Place the mold on a small baking sheet or directly into your freezer and freeze for 4-6 hours or until bites are solid.
- Pops bites from molds and enjoy!
Rainbow Breakfast Wraps
We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not engage the kiddos, so they want to jump out of bed and help you create their breakfast recipes?
- 4 flatbread wraps
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup granola
- 1 banana, sliced thin
- 1 large mango, sliced thin
- 2 kiwi, sliced thin
- 8 strawberries, sliced thin
- 1 cup blueberries
- Stir together Greek yogurt and honey.
- Slice all fruit thin, so it lays flat in the wrap. I like this video for mango slicing tips.
- Spread about 1/4 cup of yogurt mixture on a flatbread and top with 1/4 cup granola in an even layer.
- Lay out fruit in any order you want. I like starting with bananas on one end and ending with blueberries on the other end.
- Roll the wrap into a tight cylinder and use a serrated knife to cut it in half. Serve immediately!
These are cute and amazing desserts for a special get-together or just a fun day this summer. They are perfectly themed for summer here on the Suncoast.
- 4 c. cold milk
- 2 boxes vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1/2 c. crushed graham crackers
- 1 rainbow sour belt
- 10 teddy grahams
- 1/4 c. melted white chocolate
- 10 pez candies
- 10 flower sprinkles
- 10 Life Saver gummies
- In a large bowl, combine milk and vanilla pudding mix. Whisk for 2 minutes, then let stand until thick, 3 minutes more.
- Into a clear plastic cup (or a small mason jar), add a layer of vanilla pudding. Top with an even layer of crushed graham crackers. Repeat to make 4 layers.
- Stick a tiki cocktail umbrella into each cup, then decorate as desired.
- To make a sun-tanning teddy graham: Cut sour rainbow belt into small rectangles a little bigger than the size of the teddy grahams. Lay on top of the parfaits, then place a teddy graham on top.
- To make candy flip-flops, use a toothpick to drop melted white chocolate into the center of a Pez candy. Place a flower sprinkle on top. Repeat with remaining Pez and flower sprinkles.
- To make a floating teddy graham, gently stretch a Life Saver gummy and place a teddy graham in the center.
BANANA OAT BITES
For healthy snack recipes that will be good for young and old to help with, our final offering is banana oat bites. These are quick to assemble and energy-sustaining treats with ingredients that little hands of all ages will enjoy helping assemble and roll or scoop out.
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup raw, unfiltered honey
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mash bananas with a fork.
- Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
- Stir in quick oats.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop your No-Bake Banana Oat Power Bites onto your wax paper.
- Roll your scoops into balls.
- Place baking sheet in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The longer you leave your Banana Oat Power Bites in the fridge, the firmer they become.
Have we got those creative juices flowing yet? Make this summer fun, creative, and engaging with your children while out of school. Find out how many no-bake, or maybe light bake recipes you can create or find to make this summer. These are amazing teaching moments and memories that will be remembered for years to come. Happy creating, Suncoast – see where this summer adventure can take you!
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