Now, obviously, your toddler should never be allowed to handle equipment and knives without your supervision but these are some recipes that are low key enough to allow your little one to act as your sous chef!
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
With this recipe, your toddler can help by mixing the ingredients or by adding the oats and other dry ingredients to the bowl.
- 1 1/4 cups quick oats
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup well chopped raw walnuts or pecans – (in this recipe, we usually go for pecans, but both are delicious) or an additional 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons raisins
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine the applesauce, butter, egg, vanilla, and honey. Whisk until blended. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined. The dough will be wet and sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
- When ready to bake, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it sit out for 5 to 10 minutes). With a cookie scoop or spoon, drop the dough into 1 1/2-inch ball and arrange on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch of space around each. With your fingers, gently flatten each cookie to be about 3/4-inch thick.
- Bake until the cookies are golden and firm around the edges and set on top, about 9 to 10 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.
Grands!™ Mini Pizzas
With this recipe, your toddler can help design their own personal mini pizza and can also help by adding their own ingredients and their desired toppings. These mini pizzas are also perfectly toddler sized!
- 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
- 1 package (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni
- Press each biscuit into a 6-inch round. Place on 2 large or 3 small greased cookie sheets. Top each round with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
- Bake at 375°F 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are deep golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
Peanut Butter-Banana Roll-Ups
If your toddler is anything like mine then they probably love peanut butter and bananas. This is an awesome snack for them that involves their two favorite ingredients!
- 2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla, at room temperature
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- Combine peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Spread the mixture evenly over the tortilla. Place banana on the bottom third of the tortilla; being careful not to tear the tortilla, roll tightly. Slice crosswise into 8 pieces.