One of our favorite things to do as a family is cook and bake yummy foods together. From an early age our daughter has been involved in helping with things in the kitchen. From banging on pots and pans as a babe all the way to prepping and cooking meals as a 6 year old, we’ve made it a fun and educational experience learning how to cook. The other day we decided to make delicious desserts that are perfect for Thanksgiving. Not only are they delicious, but they are totally kid-friendly. Easy for kids to make and fun for kids to eat.
Here’s what you need to make these with your kiddos:
- 1 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 container of light whipped cream
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- gluten free graham crackers
Mix the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla together well. Then fold in the whipped cream. Put in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. While the mix is chilling, crush up the graham crackers. In dessert dishes or clear cups, layer the pumpkin mix and the crushed graham crackers. That’s it! We garnished ours with an additional graham cracker also.
This is super yummy to dip fresh fruit into as well! Apples are my favorite to dip!
The measuring, mixing, and scooping of ingredients are always fun for kids to help with. My daughter loved crushing up the gluten free graham crackers. We put some in a baggy, squeezed the air out, sealed the baggy, and then smashed the graham crackers with the bottom on a cup. What kid doesn’t love smashing things when given the opportunity?
Don’t be afraid to let your kids in the kitchen to help you! I don’t suggest every single night and probably not on the nights you are rushing between homework, soccer games, and dance classes. But pick a weekend afternoon and invite your kiddo into the kitchen to help you make something. And if a mess is made, oh well. The memories made together in the kitchen far outweigh any mess… don’t you think?
What are your favorite kid-friendly recipes to make with your kids?