Are you looking for some fun at home things to do with your children this summer? We’ve made a list of some yummy summer cooking ideas for you to try with the kids. These recipes are all very hands on for your kids which makes for a great way to work on touching new foods and experimenting with textures while cooking! A healthy diet is extremely important for your child’s health and development, so we made sure to keep these healthy but also delicious.
We love this recipe! This is a great way to introduce new fruits into your child’s palate and also let them have some fun. Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be used for just about any meal; breakfast, lunch, snack, you name it! There are a few different ways to make fruit pizza so you can let your child experiment and have fun making multiple ones.
What You Need:
Crust (you can pick)
-Flat bread (PediaPlex fav!)
Sauce (you can pick)
-Fruit jelly or jam
-Non-fat Greek yogurt (we like vanilla flavored!)
-Yogurt fruit dip
-Reduced-fat cream cheese
Toppings (you can pick)
-Fresh Fruit: apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, grapes, etc.
-Dried Fruit: cranberries, cherries, raisins, etc.
What To Do:
Step 1: Take your choice of crust and add the sauce of your choice. You can use a little bit or a lot!
Step 2: Add the toppings of choice. We like to make fun shapes while we create ours to make it more fun for the kids!
Step 3: Once you’ve got your desired toppings, cut your fruit pizza into wedges and enjoy!
Chocolate Protein Balls*
These are a great summer cooking idea if you’re looking for something fun to bring to the pool that all of the kids will love! Your kids will probably mistake them for cake balls which makes them the perfect healthy snack because they are still so delicious.
What You Need:
-1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
-1/3 cup of creamy peanut butter
-1/4 cup of honey
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon of chia seeds
-1/4 cup of raisins, cut in half (optional)
-1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (optional)
What To Do:
Step 1: Pour your oats into a blender and blend until they turn into a flour like consistency
Step 2: Combine honey and peanut butter into a microwavable safe container and warm for 20-30 seconds. Remove this for your child because it might be a little hot!
Step 3: Combine all ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Chocolate chips will melt so wait to add these if you don’t want them melty!
Step 4: Stir together all of the ingredients until everything is mixed.
Step 5: Here comes the fun part! Using your freshly washed hands, continue to combine all of the dough together to ensure all ingredients are mixed.
Step 6: Roll the dough together into bite sized balls. You can also use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon if you choose. You can even place them on top of thick straws or wooden popsicle sticks to make it more fun to eat!
Step 7: Store in your refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy!
Peanut Butter & Banana Ice Cream
This is a pool favorite! This healthy and delicious ice cream treat is just what the kiddos needs after a long day at the pool. What’s great about this recipe is that it can be made super quick and topped with anything your kiddo desires. You can even experiment with different fruits for the base of the ice cream!
What You Need:
-3 peeled, frozen bananas (overripe work best for sweetness)
-3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
-5 tablespoons of milk (your preference)
-Topping Ideas: sliced bananas, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, strawberries, or blueberries
How To Make:
Step 1: Cut your frozen bananas in half and add them into a blender.
Step 2: Add in your peanut butter and milk. Let your child add these!
Step 3: Securing the lid, blend ingredients until creamy and smooth. You might need to add a little more or less milk to get it to the consistency you like.
Step 4: Scoop into bowls (or cones) and let your child add toppings of their choice.
We hope you enjoy these summer cooking ideas! These are just a few of many delicious recipes that you can make with your kiddos! Stay tuned for more fun summer ideas on our PediaPlex website! Have a safe summer!
-The PediaPlex Family
*Honey is not recommended for children under 2 so please be cautious when making and serving any recipes including honey.