Easy Kid Friendly Christmas Recipes: Creative but EASY ways to bring a little magic to your food this holiday season.
Oh you know I am about to do it again…PLAY WITH MY FOOD.
I am getting “Corny with it.” That reminds me of Clinton Kelly on The Chew saying he is going to get “Crafty with it.”
Yep, it is happening probably as you are reading this and I am probably giggling with my excitement to serve my kids a special Christmas treat. (Just like I giggle when I serve them Spider Web Black Bean Dip, Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Easter Bunny Scones-I just love to make food fun!)
The great thing about everything I am sharing today?
EVERY CHRISTMAS RECIPE IS SO EASY AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL TOOLS, INGREDIENTS, OR TIME!!
All it needs is a bit of love and imagination. And come on, who doesn’t love a festive treat now and then?! (Sure hope my family does because I CAN NOT STOP!!)
Easy Kid Friendly Christmas Recipes
This little guy–so cute, right?!
Well, Healthy Santa Pancakes could not be easier.
- I made my favorite whole wheat pancakes for my family.
- Sliced bananas to create Santa’s beard.
- Arranged sliced strawberries in a triangle above pancake and outlined Santa’s hat with some whipped cream (or you could use more bananas.)
- Gave Santa 2 chocolate chip eyes and strawberry sliced nose.
- Deliver a smile for breakfast.
Christmas Tree Vegetable Tray
To make this Healthy Vegetable Platter that is Shaped like a Christmas Tree:
- Place broccoli florets in a large triangle in the middle of a serving tray.
- Add pepper slices as garland for the tree.
- Use stem of red pepper for trunk of tree.
- Using a star cookie cutter, cut out a star from the yellow pepper.
- Decorate with sliced olives as ornaments.
- Serve with homemade ranch dip on the side.
Peanut Butter Reindeer Treats
This little Rudolph Snack Cake is my kids favorite after school snack (well, besides, Christmas cookies!!)
It takes about 2 minutes to prepare.
How to Make a Rudolph “Sandwich”
- Spread rice cake (or pancake or bread cut into a circle) with peanut butter, almond butter, or soy butter.
- Add 2 pretzels for antlers.
- Add maraschino cherry as Rudolph’s nose (you can also use a red candy for the reindeer’s nose.)
- Give Rudolph eyes by placing two slices of bananas on the rice cake and then topping with a chocolate chip.
Candy Cane Pizza
To make a Candy Cane Pizza:
- Shape your favorite pizza dough into a cane shape–a lot easier than rolling, I must say–the kids had it done in seconds flat.
- Spread the dough with pizza sauce or homemade tomato sauce.
- Add Pepperoni slices for the candy cane stripes.
- Bake until cheese is melted browned.
- Slice and enjoy!
Candy Cane Pizza
A fun holiday spin on pepperoni pizza
- Pizza Dough:
- 3/4 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1 3/4 cups whole white wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the Pizza:
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 ounce nitrate-free pepperoni slices
Make the dough:
Combine the water and yeast and let sit for about 5 minutes in a large mixing bowl (or bowl of your stand mixer with dough hook attached.)
Mix in the honey and oil. Add the flour and salt slowly and mix in as you go. With dough hook or large spatula mix together dough until well combined.
Once mixed, knead for 5 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface or with your dough hook on low-medium speed.
Place dough in oiled bowl and cover and leave in warm spot for 20-30 minutes.
Once dough has doubled in size, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Shape dough into a candy cane shape.
Spread dough with tomato sauce and top with cheese.
Add pepperoni in stripes to resemble candy cane.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until cheese is melted and browned.
Have a little fun with your family and your food this year! The memories will last for years!