Kid Friendly Summer Recipes | East Texas Moms



Summer is all about the snacks. I have found that if my boys help out with a recipe, they are more likely to eat, which is a win-win! I get much needed help in the kitchen while the boys and I make summertime memories. Here are a few of our favorite kid-friendly recipes … just a bit of adult supervision is needed!

Nothing says “Summer” like popsicles! I remember creating all sorts of varieties with my cousins when we were little. These gummy bear popsicles are too cool and better than anything we could have created back then. The clear liquid of the Sprite lets the colorful gummies show through (“kind of like X-ray vision” my youngest noticed.)



  • Popsicle mold
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Gummy Bears
  • Sprite


  1. Fill molds about 3/4 of the way full with Sprite
  2. Drop in gummy bears
  3. Place popsicle stick into mold
  4. Freeze until frozen all the way through


Looking for a healthy treat with a bit of gooey sweetness? I love the wholesome ingredient list (and no bake? Yes please!). This recipe is also super easy for the kiddos make.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips ( I prefer mini chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal (a powerful punch of protein!)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Form into 1 inch balls using hands. Arrange bites on a baking sheet and freeze until set (about one hour).


We are not a fan of real sushi at our house, but do not let the name of this yummy treat fool you! Banana sushi has all the things we love: bananas, peanut butter and chocolate. It’s also super fun to change up the ingredients to make this recipe suit your kiddo’s taste buds.


  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp Rice Krispies
  • chocolate syrup


  1. Peel the banana and place on a plate.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on one side of the  banana and then roll banana in the Rice Krispies.
  3. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  4. Serve with a toothpick.


Popcorn is a staple in our house. It’s like there is an unwritten rule that one cannot watch TV without a bowl of popcorn in hand. This “uni-corn” recipe is so delicious and reminds me of the pretty colors on a magical unicorn … if they really did exist!


  • 1 package of almond bark
  • 1 bag of microwave popcorn
  • sprinkles


  1. Cook popcorn in the microwave.
  2. Melt the almond bark, start with 30 seconds, stir, then in 15 second intervals until a smooth consistency.  Do not over cook.
  3. Pour popcorn into the melted almond bark. Gently toss. Add sprinkles.

4. Lay mixture on wax paper to dry.  Once dry, break it apart and put in a large bowl to devour!




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Amanda and her husband live in Lindale where they are raising their two full-speed-ahead boys. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin and is a former 5th grade Reading teacher. A lifelong learner, Amanda has returned to her roots. Writing is her passion and therapy. It is in her bones and she loves every moment of it! Amanda is a southern gal who loves all things girly: the sparkle of new earrings, the glamour of a perfectly red lipstick, and the pain in your foot after wearing new heels to a smoldering outdoor BBQ (true story). She has proclaimed to be many things: an old soul born in the wrong era, a land-locked mermaid, and bull in a china shop. A book lover since she can remember, Amanda indulges herself in the smell of freshly printed pages and can’t stand the stench of an old book… she wonders “who else has touched that book and what images did they conjure up as they read the very same tale?” This thing is for certain however, Amanda is a mother who believes in the power of Faith, dreams, and imagination. One of Amanda’s most favorite quotes by Erin Hanson gives wings to her dreams: “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?”