Summer Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids - 2 Dads with Baggage

Summer Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

Looking for summer recipes you can make with your kids (and that they’ll actually eat)? Look no further. We know it can be hard to battle boredom and feed the kids continuously throughout the day, so why not do both at the same time? Plus, we know that kids are way more likely to eat things that they have made themselves. Even the picky ones give it a try!

To get you started , check out some of our favorite summer recipes that are kid-friendly and parent-friendly. Oh and you probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already. No need to hunt down some exotic spice or extract when your 10 year old is just going to pour ketchup on it am I right?

Yogurt Pie (photo credit Ari Adams lovepeaceandtinyfeet)

Summer Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

The best part of these summer recipes is that they are delicious for kids and adults and they are all ‘better-for-you’ options. Even the desserts are great because they are one bite wonders! Check out these 9 summer recipes you can make with your kids and let us know which one you’ll try first!

9 Summer Recipes that are Totally Kid Friendly Recipes Too

  1. Homemade granola bars

Have you ever bought a box of granola bars and then went back to get one a day later and the box was empty? Happens in my house too often! That’s why I love this summer recipe for homemade granola bars. It’s both cost-effective and delicious. The best part is that you can pretty much add anything you like into your own homemade granola bars. It’s entirely up to you (and your kids). You can try peanut butter, chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, or coconut. This is especially helpful for families who have to be mindful of food allergens. My trick? We use “nut-free” peanut butter and then everyone in the family can enjoy these really healthy snacks.


Granola Bars (photo credit: Ari Adams/lovepeaceandtinyfeet)
  1. S’mores Pops

Nothing says summer like a s’mores, right? But nobody has time to build a fire, find roasting sticks, and not drop all the ingredients in the dirt! For those times when a campfire is just not happening, have the kids make these s’mores pops with you (or have them make them for you…even better)! You get the tastes of s’mores (graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow) in a fun, much easier way. If you really want the gooeyness traditional s’mores have, put the s’mores pop in the microwave for 5 seconds. Get ready to win parent of the year (or at least the day)!

S’mores Pops (photo credit: Meghan Cooper/jamonkey)
  1. Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Popsicles

Honestly, this is one of those summer recipes that are just genius! It is a super quick, healthy breakfast idea and kids LOVE it. They think they are getting dessert for breakfast. Shhh…I won’t tell them if you don’t! I’m just happy they are eating something that isn’t sugar-coated cereal. These yogurt parfait breakfast popsicles are sure to please everyone because the kids can make them individually and include all the things they like. In my house, one kid adores strawberries but another one can’t stand the sight of them. I can make both kids happy with this super  healthy breakfast recipe.

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Pops (photo credit: meghan cooper/ jamonkey)
  1. Mini Yogurt Parfait Pies

Because you definitely need more than one ‘dessert-for-breakfast’ summer recipes, this one for mini yogurt parfait pies is awesome. You can add in just the right mix of everything you love . Pick your favorite yogurt, some sliced fresh fruit that’s in season, add it to individual graham cracker pie crusts, and top with whipped cream! Voila! I love that you can make this as healthy as you want it. Turns out these kid friendly recipes can also be adult friendly too! For a different kind of cool summer treat, freeze the pies!

Yogurt Parfait Mini Pie Recipe #EffortlessPies


  1. Crock pot Apple Butter

Crockpots are tailor made for summer recipes. Don’t bother heating up the whole house! Grab some apples from the local orchards once they are in season or simple snag some from your local grocery store. With simple, wholesome ingredients, you can set it and forget it and come home to a house smelling like heaven! Want to save yourself a step? Buy apple slices that are already peeled. (It’s a thing!) Use the apple butter as a spread on just about anything from bread to waffles to saltine crackers. Your kids won’t even realize they are actually eating fruit!

Apple Butter (photo credit: Meghan Cooper/jamonkey)
  1. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Banana Raspberry Muffins

Even if you are dealing with food allergens or diet guidelines that doesn’t mean you can’t create delicious treats for and with your kids. These muffins might not have gluten or dairy but they are packed with flavor. This kid friendly recipe is the perfect way to sue those old, brown bananas. The raspberries add some tartness and the combination is really just delicious.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Banana Raspberry Muffin (photo: Krystyn Hall/reallyareyouserious)
  1. Pumpkin Pasties

Who said you have to wait until Fall to eat pumpkin? Not in my house! These Pumpkin Pasties are quick to make, filling to eat and can even be a part of a balanced breakfast. These little handheld pies are made using refrigerated biscuit dough and just a few ingredients. Not feeling pumpkin? How about using that apple butter from the Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe?

Easy Pumpkin Pasties recipe (photo: Lindsey Paris/redheadbabymama)
  1. Ant Man Snack Mix

If your kids love combining food with their favorite movies as much as mine do, this snack mix is sure to be a hit. Not to mention that it is drizzled in white chocolate too! This is one of those summer recipes that are as fun to make as it is to eat! It contrasts honeycomb cereal (for the Wasp) with raisins (for the Ant). The recipe also calls for some super cute tiny ant candies which are tons of fun, but may gross you out. If, on the other hand, you have some kids in the house who like to be grossed out, then go for it! More power to them!

Ant Man & Wasp Snack Mix (photo: Lindsey Paris/redheadbabymama)

Ant-Man and the Wasp Snack Mix


  1. Chocolate Hummus

This is one of those kid friendly recipes that you must not, under any circumstances, underestimate. Yes it is made with chickpeas. Yes, it is technically a hummus. BUT, it looks like dark chocolate ganache and tastes more like brownie batter than anything else. Have your kids help you with this recipe OR just make it for them and don’t tell them how healthy it really is. Spread it on graham crackers, or really anything you want.

Dark Chocolate Dessert Hummus Recipe (gluten-free and dairy free)

Dark Chocolate Dessert Hummus recipe (photo: Krystyn Hall/reallyareyourserious)


Cooking these summer recipes with your kids can be fun, educational, and delicious all at the same time. Banish boredom for good! Which of these kid friendly recipes will you try first?

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