Beat The Heat! Fun And Easy Summer Dessert Recipes For Kids

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Summer is here, and that means it’s time for some delicious and refreshing treats! Kids love sweet snacks, and what better way to keep them cool and happy than with some homemade desserts? This collection of recipes is perfect for getting your little ones involved in the kitchen. They’re all simple enough for them to help with, and the results are sure to be a hit.

1. Awesome Ice Cream Sundae Station

Fun Summer Recipes for Kids - MOMables® Healthy Lunches for Kids
Fun Summer Recipes for Kids – MOMables® Healthy Lunches for Kids

Who doesn’t love a classic ice cream sundae? This recipe isn’t so much a recipe as it’s a fun activity. Set up a sundae bar with all your favorite toppings, and let the kids go wild!

Ingredients:

Vanilla ice cream

  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Strawberry ice cream (or any flavors you like!)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel sauce
  • Sprinkles
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Chopped nuts
  • Waffle cones or bowls

  • Directions:

    1. Scoop ice cream into bowls or cones.
    2. Let the kids go crazy with the toppings! Set out bowls of all your favorite sundae fixings and let them create their own masterpieces.

    Tips:

    Get creative with your toppings! Try chopped fruit, marshmallows, crushed cookies, or even gummy worms.

  • Make it a competition! Have the kids judge each other’s sundaes for the most creative or the biggest.

  • 2. Fruity Yogurt Parfaits

    This healthy and delicious dessert is perfect for a hot summer day. It’s packed with protein and fruit, and it’s super easy to make.

    Ingredients:

    Plain yogurt

  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit (berries, chopped mango, diced peaches, etc.)
  • Honey (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Layer yogurt, granola, and fruit in a parfait glass or bowl.
    2. Drizzle with honey, if desired.
    3. Repeat layers until the glass is full.

    Tips:

    Get creative with your fruit! Use whatever is in season or what your kids love.

  • For a fun twist, try using flavored yogurt or granola.

  • 3. No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

    These bars are all the fun of cookie dough without the risk of eating raw eggs! They’re perfect for a quick and easy treat.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
    2. Stir in oats, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    3. Fold in chocolate chips.
    4. Press dough evenly into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
    5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until firm.
    6. Cut into bars and enjoy!

    Tips:

    For a fun twist, try adding in chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, or M&Ms.

  • Make sure to chill the dough completely before cutting it into bars. Otherwise, it will be crumbly.

  • These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little creativity, you can come up with all sorts of fun and delicious summer desserts that your kids will love. And the best part is, they’ll be learning valuable kitchen skills along the way!

    Conclusion

    Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, and that includes enjoying delicious treats. These easy and kid-friendly dessert recipes are the perfect way to beat the heat and create lasting memories. So get your kids in the kitchen and start whipping up some summery goodness!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. How can I make these desserts healthier?

    There are lots of ways to make these desserts healthier! Use plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurt, skip the honey in the parfaits, and use whole-wheat flour in the cookie dough bars. You can also substitute in chopped nuts or dried fruit for some of the chocolate chips.

    2. Can I make these desserts ahead of time?

    Yes, you can make most of these desserts ahead of time. Ice cream sundaes can be prepped by having all the toppings washed, chopped, and ready to go. Yogurt parfaits can be assembled up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Cookie dough bars can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.