3 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids

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For this weekend’s unofficial kickoff to summer, we put together a few fun recipes to try with your kids. Summer doesn’t have to mean all-day snacking or unhealthy meals. There are so many fresh, in-season fruits and veggies that you can try with your kids to experience new tastes. Here are just a few fun, healthy twists on some classic summer dishes for breakfast, lunch and dessert.

Breakfast Banana Pops

Breakfast Banana Pops
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt of choice
  • Granola of choice, or crushed cookies or Healthy Graham Crackers
  • Add-on ideas: mini chocolate chips, coconut shreds, cinnamon sugar, raisins, etc.
  • Popsicle sticks or silverware to insert in the bananas

Directions
Pour granola into a very shallow dish or plate. Peel bananas, cut in half, and insert popsicle sticks. Dip into yogurt (or coat with a knife), then roll into granola and add-ons. Place on a parchment or wax-lined tray and freeze. Keep uneaten pops in the freezer.

Pepperoni Pizza Wrap

Pepperoni Pizza Wrap
Adapted from Food Network

  • 1 stick light string cheese
  • 1 medium-large high-fiber flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • Dash Italian seasoning
  • Dash garlic powder
  • Dash onion powder
  • 6 pieces turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • Set toaster oven to highest setting

Directions
Tear string cheese into pieces. Set aside. Place tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 10 seconds, or until just warm. Evenly spread sauce onto the center of the tortilla, and sprinkle with a dash of each of the spices. Top with Parmesan cheese, chopped turkey pepperoni and string cheese. Wrap tortilla up like a burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the bottom. Place wrap on a microwave-safe plate, seam side down, and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds. Transfer wrap to the toaster oven or convection oven and cook until hot on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside, about 3-5 minutes.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Snack Bites

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Snack Bites
Adapted from Two Healthy Kitchens

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A pinch (about 1/16 teaspoon) sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut, optional

Directions
Place 1 cup pecans in a mini food processor. Process, scraping sides occasionally, until the butter is the consistency of natural peanut butter. You should end up with approximately ½ cup of pecan butter. Place pecan butter in a medium bowl and add oats, flax, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and sea salt. Stir to combine. Add chocolate chips and coconut (if using). Stir again, just until chips and coconut are evenly distributed. Using your hands, press firmly to form one-inch balls. Place in airtight container and refrigerate until serving.

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