by Michele Olivier on October 14, 2020 (updated Dec 14, 2022)
Cooking with Kids: 50 easy recipes that all ages will be able to help make! Introduce your toddlers and kids to the kitchen with these simple, easy and delicious recipes that they will want to help make and eat.
Cooking with Kids
It wasn’t until I came to terms with the fact that there was going to be a huge mess in my kitchen 🙈 after each cooking sess, was I then okay to get my kids in the kitchen to have some fun. Now I love ❤️ cooking with my kids, as I find that it’s a great way to spend time with them and I love getting them excited about cooking and eating healthy food.
These recipes are a great place to start for any age of kid to start getting involved in the kitchen. They are all healthy, easy to make and fun to eat🎉!
Plus, there are directions in each recipe to give you hints on what are age-appropriate steps your kiddo can help with for each recipe.
Don’t stress about the mess (because there will be some!) and enjoy 😊 creating memories together!
How to Cook with Toddlers + Kids
Cooking with kids is fun and rewarding and these recipes are perfect for them to help you make! Here are some tips to make the most out of the experience.
Keep it Simple: to get the most out of your time together in the kitchen, pick simple and straight forward recipes that don’t need a lot of ingredients or have complicated cooking steps.
Start Small: you don’t want to make your kiddos overwhelmed on their first recipe, so start with simple tasks like measuring ingredients and mixing, and then progress to techniques that need a little more accuracy.
Stay Safe: depending on the age and confidence of your kids, keep them away from sharp blades and hot ovens, but they will be able to do a lot of the prep and they will be so excited to eat!
Read the Recipe: this might sound like a no-brainer, but make sure you read through the recipe first so you know exactly what you are getting yourself (and your kid) into.
Be Prepared for a Mess: if you prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario, then, whatever happens, will be better than what you prepared for. Also, have lots of towels on hand;)
Benefits of Cooking with Kids
Helps to develop a positive connection to different types of foods.
They use all of their senses, touch, smell taste and listening.
Keep to simple recipes with your kids and read through the recipe instructions together. Take the recipe a task at a time so they don’t get to overloaded with information.
In each of the recipes below, I have outlined a list of tasks that I think are appropriate for both toddlers and kids to do in the kitchen. This section is usually at the bottom of the post before the recipe card.
These tasks are, however, just a guideline.
It’s normal that kids skills are all over the place when it comes to cooking – some kids will have mastered basic culinary tasks at an early age, while others will only want to sit on the counter, make a mess and eat butter.
It’s all about exposure, so meet your kiddo where they are and remember to have fun!
These mini pumpkin muffins are the perfect treat for the fall! Quick and easy to make, they are a hit with toddlers and kids, and the adults too! Made with no refined sugar they are a healthy and delicious snack!
This recipe for pizza pinwheels is a terrific 30-minute meal idea for toddlers, kids and adults too! The pinwheels are fluffy, chewy and really versatile—load them up with endless combinations of sauce and classic pizza toppings for everyone to enjoy. For ease, pinwheel assembly instructions included!
These muffins are perfectly wholesome and delicious muffins for toddler and kids! Made with white whole wheat flour, applesauce and a big spoonful of cinnamon for the ultimate muffin your little one will devour.
Looking for a healthy smoothie idea that kids and adults love? This easy, healthy cantaloupe smoothie is it. It’s made with 6 simple ingredients—including cauliflower rice for added nutrition. Whipped up in a high-powered blender, this fruit and veggie-packed smoothie is ready in just 5 minutes. Great for 9+ months!
Move over french toast, waffles and cereal, there’s a fun new option for breakfast: pancake muffins! These homemade breakfast muffins for kids are healthy, easy to make, customizable—I share lots of mix-in ideas below!—and a great muffin option in a packed school lunch. They freeze wonderfully, too!
Your kids are going to love you so much when you serve up this peanut butter chocolate yogurt bark! Super quick and easy to make, this frozen bark is perfect to serve as a summer snack, dessert, or even for a special breakfast!
This is the perfect colorful, healthy and delicious treat for your little ones this summer! This rainbow frozen yogurt bark is super easy to make and is a fun breakfast, snack or dessert your little ones will love to eat!
These rainbow popsicles are the perfect summertime treat for your toddlers and kids. This healthy frozen treat is loaded with fresh fruits and made with no added sugar. These colorful ice pops are quick and easy to make with only two ingredients!
If you have a picky one at home who refuses to eat their vegetables, this chocolate peanut butter smoothie is a great way to sneak them in! This kid approved smoothie is great for a quick and easy breakfast or snack and is nutrient dense.
These Yogurt Fruit Popsicles are the perfect healthy treat for baby, toddler and kids this summer! They are easy to make with only 3-ingredients and with a prep time of less than 5 minutes. PLUS.. there are 8 easy fruit flavors you have to try!
This easy Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and healthy vitamins and anti-oxidants. It's got staying power, and is the perfect kid and toddler friendly breakfast or snack!
This Yogurt Unicorn Bark is an easy and healthy frozen treat to make with your toddler or kids! Filled with wholesome ingredients along with a pinch of magic✨! Great for a healthy snack or yummy frozen treat!
a protein-filled dip that is toddler, kid and adult approved! Made in less than 5 minutes with 4 simple ingredients, this apple dip is great for a quick snack, part of a healthy breakfast, packed in a school lunch or even as an easy dessert.
Fast and simple – this easy recipe can be made in the matter of minutes and with just about any fruit you happen to have on hand. Cottage cheese has a great thick texture which makes it easy for baby to use a spoon (or their hands) to eat.
Handheld and portable, these egg cups are great for baby and toddlers on-the-go. These savory cheddar cheese and broccoli breakfast cups can be served warm at the breakfast table or packed cold for a morning playdate or school lunch.
These Healthy Yogurt Parafait Popsicles for Toddler + Kids are the perfect breakfast on a hot summer day! These popsicles are naturally sweetened and filled with protein, probiotics, healthy whole-grains, antioxidants and fiber.
These On-The-Go Granola Bars are a great healthy snack for toddlers + kids that are packaged and ready to pack into a school lunch, in a backpack for an after school snack or in your purse for a playdate treat.
Warmed chunks of peaches pair perfectly with a pinch of nutmeg for a naturally sweetened finger food for baby. You can serve the peach chunks by themselves or add them to the top of yogurt, cottage cheese or smeared on top of a piece of toast to use instead of jam.
This Homemade Strawberry Applesauce is made with lots of strawberries (2 heaping cups), apples, a drizzle of vanilla extract, and a pinch of cinnamon. No added sugar! It’s very easy to make stovetop, and is full of bold fruit flavor.
A filling and healthy version of your standard quesadilla – filled with a kale, spinach and apple spread and loaded with beans and cheese for a complete meal that most toddlers (and parents) can’t resist!