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Cooking With Kids-Easy No Bake Recipes That Taste Good

By Edited Sep 21, 2016 1 6

Cooking with kids is easy when you have no bake recipes that taste good.  Children are notoriously picky eaters.  One way to get around that is to have them cook their own food.  It is a fact that children will eat things that they make themselves.  Even if they do not like it, they will try a new food if they have had a hand in preparing it.

Easy no bake recipes for kids is not only fun, it teaches them life skills.  Unless you plan on having your children live at home with your for the rest of your life, you need to teach them how to cook and be independent.  Even simple no bake recipes will have children cutting, peeling and slicing foods that they are preparing.

Another added benefit of using easy no bake recipes for kids that taste good is that you are spending quality time together.  Children love to be with Mommy and Daddy.  Why not combine time together with doing something productive?

Here are some easy no bake recipes for kids that taste good and are good for them.

Cooking With Kids-Easy No Bake Recipes That Taste Good

Fruit Faces

Ingredients

Grapes

Oranges

Banana

Strawberry

On a cutting board, cut the grapes in half so they will stay put on the plate.  Using a citrus peeler, have children cut through skin and peel it, then separate the segments.  Then have your child peel a banana and slice it the long way to make a mouth.

Arrange the fruit on the plate-grapes for eyes, orange segments for eyebrows, a strawberry for a nose, and the sliced banana for a mouth.  Serve with a fruit dip that you can make together.

Fruit Dip

Ingredients

1 container whipped topping
1 small jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 Tablespoon confectioners sugar

Combine the three ingredients in a bowl until well blended.

Chocolate Pudding Pie

One graham cracker pie crust
One box instant chocolate pudding and ingredients to make the pudding
One container whipped topping

Make the pudding according to package directions and pour into the pie shell.  Top with whipped topping.  For color, add some sprinkles on top.

For a variation, you can use individual pudding pie shells or use vanilla or other flavored pudding.  You can even use flavored yogurt instead of pudding.

Juice Ice Pops

Easy No Bake Cookies


This easy no bake recipe is a cheap alternative to frozen Popsicles.

Ingredients

Juice

Pour your favorite juice into a Popsicle mold.  If you do not have one, then use a paper cup.  Cover the paper cup with plastic and insert a Popsicle stick into it.  Put into the freezer.

For variation, try pouring in one flavor of juice and then letting it freeze.  Pick another flavor and pour to the top and put back into the freezer.  You can also try freezing yogurt or pudding.  

Peanut Butter

Homemade peanut butter is an easy no bake recipe that kids will love to make again and again.

Ingredients

Peanuts
Salt
Crackers

Place newspaper on the table for easy clean up, or do this activity outside.  Have your children shell the peanuts, placing only the nut into a bowl…this is great fine motor practice.

Once all of the nuts are shelled, place them in a blender or food processor with a dash of salt.  Have your children press the buttons and watch as the peanuts become peanut butter.  Spread on crackers or bread for a yummy snack.

Chocolate Bananas

Combine one of children’s favorite fruits-bananas-with one of their favorite treats-chocolate!

Ingredients

Bananas
Chocolate chips

Slice the bananas into thirds and insert a Popsicle stick into the bottom.  Melt chocolate in the microwave.  Have children dip the bananas into the chocolate and place onto a baking sheet or plate lined with waxed paper.  Place in the freezer and eat when chocolate has hardened.

You can also make chocolate covered strawberries and set them in the refrigerator to chill.

Smoothies

A smoothie is a cold, refreshing drink made in a blender.  There is no one way to make a smoothie.  Use the ingredients your children would eat-pick one dairy and one or more kinds of fruit.  Place in a blender and enjoy!
Easy No Bake Snacks for Toddlers and Preschoolers


Dairy choices

Milk
Soy Milk
Coconut Milk
Almond Milk
Yogurt

Fruit

Anything fresh that you have available.

Salsa

Children love chips and salsa.  Nothing tastes better than making your own!  There are many great recipes that use chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, lime and cilantro. You can spice it according to our children’s likes.  

Trifle

Trifle is an authentic English dessert.  It is layers of yummy flavors, starting with a base of sliced pound cake or lady fingers.  If you do not have these on hand, try vanilla wafer cookies.

The next layer is your favorite flavor of pudding, followed by whipped cream.  Top it with fruit or other yummy items in your pantry that will add texture.

Granola Cookies

I used to make this as a easy no bake recipe when I was a kid for a quick snack.  It was full of protein and it is very filling.

Ingredients

One cup granola cereal

¼-½ cup peanut butter

½ teaspoon honey

Confectioners sugar for coating

In a bowl, combine the granola and the peanut butter.  Pour the confectioners sugar in a separate bowl. With a small scooper, make into a balls and roll into sugar.  Eat and enjoy!

Jello Parfait

Cooking with kids is easy with this no bake recipe.  This was a fancy dessert back in the day, especially if you had parfait glasses and could tilt them sideways in your refrigerator.  Even without the tilt, this is fun for kids to make when friends are over.

Ingredients

Two or three different flavors of instant pudding

Prepare the first package of pudding according to the directions.  Place in a parfait glass half way or other clear glass cup and refrigerate until firm.  Repeat with second flavor. If you are adventurous, then you can do a third layer and flavor of pudding.  For the top layer, add texture like crushed Oreos or chocolate chips.

Cooking with Kids is easy with these no bake recipes that taste good.  Chances are you will be making them together again and again!

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Comments

Mar 8, 2012 11:51am
Lynsuz
Wonderful easy no bake recipes for kids.
Dec 1, 2012 3:38am
mommymommymommy
Thank you!
Mar 27, 2012 9:03am
Ddraig
Love the granola idea, perfect for my 5 year old daughter. She is obsessed with cooking and baking.
Apr 6, 2012 8:40am
mommymommymommy
My kids LOVE to be in the kitchen. Sometimes I just do not want the mess of baking bowls, cookie sheets, etc. No bake is a fun way to spend time together and make a sweet treat!
Apr 6, 2012 12:25pm
aidenofthetower
My mouth is watering. My son also loves cooking. He does a lot of stirring. I am sure he would love these ideas since he will be able to do even more! Thanks for the no bake recipes for kids!
Apr 6, 2012 12:35pm
mommymommymommy
Aiden-my kids have been cooking with me since they were less than two years old. I love getting something done and spending time with them. I have two of everything to minimize the arguing!
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