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.)
GUMMY BEAR POPSICLES
- Popsicle mold
- Popsicle sticks
- Gummy Bears
- Fill molds about 3/4 of the way full with Sprite
- Drop in gummy bears
- Place popsicle stick into mold
- Freeze until frozen all the way through
NO BAKE ENERGY BITES
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
- Peel the banana and place on a plate.
- Spread the peanut butter on one side of the banana and then roll banana in the Rice Krispies.
- Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
- 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
- Cook popcorn in the microwave.
- Melt the almond bark, start with 30 seconds, stir, then in 15 second intervals until a smooth consistency. Do not over cook.
- 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!