This post is part of a series about cooking with kids. One of my goals this year is to get my kids into the kitchen to help me more often and I’m sharing our favorite recipes with you! Did you catch posts about making lunch or making breakfast with kids?
While cooking with my kids will probably always be messy and a bit trying on my part, it’s such a helpful skill to start practicing early on. They still need a lot of help right now, but I know that not too far down the road, they’ll be a big help when mealtimes come around!
Today I’m sharing some of our favorite snack time treats to make together.
Smoothies are one of our favorite things to make! My kids love adding frozen fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, yogurt and more into the blender, pushing the start button and then watching it whirl away! Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also healthy! Hooray for an easy way to get more fruits and veggies in their diet!
Our favorite way to make popsicles? Use leftover smoothie mix and pour them into popsicle molds! How easy is that? My kids eat these year round, but they’re really best during the summer when you can take them (and their mess!) outside! After they help make the smoothie, I’ll usually pour it into the popsicle molds, but they love helping to add the stick!
My kids love hummus! They literally eat it out of the container with a spoon, they love it that much! We usually buy the family size container at Costco, but once that runs out, the food processor comes out to make our own.
Just like with the smoothies, my kids help measure out ingredients and put them in the food processor. Once I get the lid on, they help push the start button and then watch it go from whole ingredients to creamy hummus! I serve it with fresh cut veggies, crackers and pretzels for a healthy afternoon snack.
Granola balls are a personal favorite of mine. My kids also love to help make these because they contain many of their favorite ingredients! There are so many different recipes out there, but this one is a favorite. My kids can help scoop out ingredients and then stir it up. I usually roll them into balls, but if your kids have the coordination for it, they can help do this too!
Long gone are the days I’d pick up a box of microwave popcorn at the store for snack time. Instead, we have come to love making it ourselves! An air popper makes it super easy for the kids to just pour the kernels into, but you can also make it in the microwave with a simple brown bag. Just take a brown lunch bag, add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels and fold over the top a few times. Then, microwave it for 2-3 minutes – stop when there are a couple of seconds between popping. Feel free to add butter or any other toppings when it’s done!
What are some of your favorite snacks to make with your kids?