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Recipes Older Kids Can Make Themselves

These recipes are perfect for older kids to make by themselves for delicious after-school snacks, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Please share your recipes for dishes that older kids can make by themselves, and we'll include them here. Have younger kids? Check out our recipes to make with kids!


M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

Small shaped balls of this cookie dough can be frozen, then thawed and baked as needed.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Toaster Tarts

Peanut Butter and Jelly Toaster Tarts

These delectable treats are simple to make, and they contain two ingredients most kids love—peanut butter and jelly!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for school-age kids. To beef it up, we take plain ol’ pancakes made with flour and eggs, and we add a boatload...
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

We’ve been cooking up makeover recipes for well over a decade, and this recipe is by far the most popular with our families and our online community to date. All of our...

Trail Mix

When stored airtight, this Trail Mix lasts for week. It can be made without peanuts and/or tree nuts for those with food allergies.
Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

The ingredients listed here are ideas for various lunchbox snacks. Small servings with many choices works for kids because variety is key to healthy eating. Providing your...
Cutie Quiche Cakes

Cutie Quiche Cakes

If your children’s repertoire of vegetables includes mostly carrots, corn, and peas, here’s an easy way to expand it at dinner or breakfast. These healthy little quiche...
Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars (aka Magic Bars) get a magical makeover with old-fashioned oats, walnuts, a handful of mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and low-fat sweetened condensed...
Pineapple Kabobs

Pineapple Kabobs

This recipe is super easy and tasty. Make a platter for a party or make a few for your child's snack. Mini kabobs look fancy and are fun to make—even little fingers can...
Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

This dip is a hit at any gathering—delicious!
Smiley Face Casserole

Smiley Face Casserole

Traditional Tater Tot casserole with all the trimmings (full-fat cheese, butter, fatty ground beef, and regular cream of mushroom soup), gets a much-needed overhaul with...
GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

GoodNCrazy Sunday Afternoon German Pancakes

This recipe comes from SchoolFamily.com's GoodNCrazy Mom, aka blogger Carissa Rogers. Rogers writes in this blog post about the role these pancakes play in her busy household,...
After-School Gorp

After-School Gorp

Gorp is another name for trail mix, and, according to some stands for "good ole raisins and peanuts." Everyone loves this portable, adaptable snack!
Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Sweet Potato and Ginger Latkes

Potato latkes are a traditional Hanukkah side dish, and they’re typically made with white potatoes and lots of vegetable oil. We amp up the good nutrition by switching...
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

The nutritional merits (or demerits) of store-bought granola bars can vary considerably, so we decided to create our own. The nutrition in these bars is through the roof—we’re...