35 Healthier Kid-Favorite Recipes to Make While At Home

March 17, 2020

When it comes to having your little ones away from school, this list of 35 Healthier Kid-Favorite Recipes to Make While At Home comes in handy to satisfy those little sweet teeth while keeping things on the healthier side. Everything from cupcakes to donuts to cinnamon rolls, milkshakes, + more; these recipes are all easy and can be whipped together using mostly common ingredients. Thank us later!

Healthier Kid-Favorite Recipes to Make While At Home

So many of us are in the midst of the chaos and most of us find ourselves under quarantine with our kids, whether by choice or not.

Granted, there are many of you who might not be facing this and that’s fine. Just know that this list of recipes can be applied whether you’re kids are home on the weekends, on vacation from school, or in some instances—quarantined.

Either way, I understand and with a toddler myself, I know how much of a struggle it is not only to homeschool but to also keep them satisfied food-wise.

I remember growing up and being so into SWEETS! Of course, back then, I didn’t indulge in healthy sweet options, which is why I’m such an advocate for changing the game for my toddler.

While we do our best, it’s definitely hard to curb the sweet tooth of a child, so ensuring that you use the best ingredients and keep things as homemade as possible, helps to keep things on the healthy side!

MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLES + ESSENTIALS FOR AN EMERGENCY.

When it comes to an emergency, there are a list of Must-Have Pantry Staples + Essentials that you should have to ensure that you and your family are equipped amidst a crisis. This list not only includes common items that are universal as it relates to meal planning and prepping, but we’ve compiled a short list of our healthy recipes that use a few of these ingredients for greater ease.

Healthier Kid-Favorite Recipes to Make While At Home List.

Perfect Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes
  1. PERFECT WHOLE WHEAT STRAWBERRY PANCAKES

Bursting with full strawberry flavor and topped with a light, non-dairy coconut whipped cream and coconut flakes, these pancakes will leave you wanting another round right after you’ve indulged in the first one. Vegan option available.

Light + Fluffy Funfetti Vegan Waffles

2. LIGHT + FLUFFY FUNFETTI VEGAN WAFFLES

These Light + Fluffy Funfetti Vegan Waffles are so thick and soft, they’ll leave you believing that they couldn’t possibly be entirely vegan and dairy-free. Made with just a handful of ingredients, this waffle recipe is not only easy, but it is a fun, new way to eat first thing in the morning.

Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles

3. FLUFFY CINNAMON VEGAN BELGIAN WAFFLES

These Fluffy Cinnamon Vegan Belgian Waffles are just that—fluffy, thick, and airy. A nice hint of cinnamon and sweetness gives this breakfast item the perfect touch. Super easy to make, under 30 minutes in total cooking time, and naturally sweetened and vegan.

Vegan Vanilla Donuts with Sprinkles

4. VEGAN VANILLA DONUTS WITH SPRINKLES

They always say that everything is better with sprinkles and these Vegan Vanilla Donuts with Sprinkles aren’t an exception. Super fluffy, soft, moist, and completely dairy-free, these donuts truly are like the perfect sweet treat for adults and kids alike, especially during Easter.

Fluffy Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

5. FLUFFY VEGAN BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES

Completely fluffy, airy, and naturally sweetened, these pancakes are truly irresistible—especially with the burst of banana and chocolate flavors which go so amazing together. Made in just a few short steps and under 25 minutes. Gluten-free and Oil-free options available.

Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts

6. HOMEMADE VEGAN APPLE-CINNAMON POP TARTS

 Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser, especially for Apple lovers. The perfect bite for breakfast, brunch, or a nice in between snack. All Vegan ingredients and easy to make. Gluten-Free Version available.

Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts

7. HOMEMADE BLUEBERRY VEGAN POP TARTS

These Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with blueberry flavors, both inside + out. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser. The perfect bite for breakfast, brunch, or a nice in between snack. Gluten-free option available.

Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls

8. DELICIOUS HOMEMADE CLASSIC CINNAMON ROLLS

These Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Big, fluffy, tender, and smothered in a rich, but light cream cheese frosting, these cinnamon rolls are sure to win over any sweet tooth.

Vegan Chai Tea Latte Cinnamon Rolls

9. VEGAN CHAI TEA LATTE CINNAMON ROLLS

They are fluffy, soft, thick, sweet, and surely does just melt in your mouth with every bite. Not being your typical Cinnamon Roll, this recipe is topped with a mouth-watering Black Tea-infused Chai Tea glaze that will leave you ‘Cinnamon Roll obsessed’. Definitely not your average vegan sweet treat, but 100% homemade and filled with pure goodness! Overnight option available.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

10. THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are THE Best! Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself. More importantly, the use of applesauce (Yes, you read it right!) gives these cookies a nice chewiness, softness, + gooeyness that will leave you wanting just one more cookie (or maybe 2 or 3! Haha!). Super easy to make and whipped together in 20 short minutes.

Soft Oversized Crinkled Sprinkle Sugar CookiesSoft Oversized Crinkled Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

11. SOFT OVERSIZED CRINKLED SPRINKLE SUGAR COOKIES

These Soft Oversized Crinkled Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are so good, they’ll leave you indulging in two or three before you even realize it. Super soft and tender with a slightly crispy edge, these sugar cookies are nothing like the traditional, yet are so easy to whip together. Perfect sweet treat for the entire family, especially during the Holidays.

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream + Rainbow Sprinkles

12. NO-CHURN VANILLA ICE CREAM + RAINBOW SPRINKLES

Like any highly coveted Mr. Softy treat, this ice cream is creamy, smooth, filled with vanilla flavor, and is made with just THREE ingredients and in less than 10 minutes, before letting the freezer do the rest! Topped with tasty rainbow sprinkles, this recipe is perfect for your family.

Soft + Crisp Crinkled Butterscotch Cookies

13. SOFT + CRISP CRINKLED BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES

These Soft + Crisp Crinkled Butterscotch Cookies are truly my newest favorite flavor of cookies. Unlike standard cookies, these small handheld favorites are full of bold buttery and sweet butterscotch flavors—which work perfectly together. In addition, they are slightly crinkled in look and comes thinly crispy and makes for a real obsession. 

Strawberry Glazed Vegan Breakfast Pop Tarts

14. STRAWBERRY GLAZED VEGAN BREAKFAST POP TARTS

These Strawberry Glazed Vegan Breakfast Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and everything nice in one big bite. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are packed with strawberry flavor and topped with fun rainbow sprinkles. The perfect bite for breakfast or a nice in between snack.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake

15. DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MILKSHAKE

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake recipe is completely decadent in flavor. It is the perfect Summer (or Year-round if you’re the ultimate foodie) treat with a nice burst of chocolate chip flavor, creamy dairy-free base, and topped with a velvety coconut whip cream. Super easy and quick to make, with only a handful of ingredients. 

Very Vanilla Cashew Milk Milkshake

16. VERY VANILLA CASHEW MILK MILKSHAKE

Made with a delicious dairy-free cashew ice cream, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and topped with a velvety CocoWhip, this milkshake is an easy dessert option to end your day or indulge in between lunch, entirely dairy-free.

The Perfect Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

17. THE PERFECT DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

When it comes to these Perfect Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, there isn’t much that can be said–they are JUST PERFECT! Super soft, chewy, and completely dairy-free, these cookies make for a great sweet treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream

18. NO-CHURN BUTTER PECAN ICE CREAM

This No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe is fully homemade, requires no ice cream making machine, and offers a great taste of nutty flavor with each scoop. Made with just FIVE ingredients and in less than 10 minutes to whip together, before letting the freezer do the rest and loaded with toasted pecans, this recipe is perfect for the entire family.

Classic Southern Banana Pudding

19. CLASSIC SOUTHERN BANANA PUDDING

Classic Southern Banana Pudding is the one bowl of goodness that gets everyone smiling. This creamy sweet treat filled with banana chunks, whipped vanilla pudding, and delicious vanilla wafers nestled in between each layer, certainly makes for the best dessert choice after a good meal or even as a quick “pick me up” snack. 

Mini Chocolate Chip + Chia Seed Energy Muffins

20. MINI CHOCOLATE CHIP + CHIA SEED ENERGY MUFFINS

 Packed with delicious traditional chocolate chip flavor, these muffins also offer bursts of chia seeds and offers a good dose of nutrients (great for energy), are naturally sweetened, and super easy to make. All Vegan ingredients. Gluten-free option available.

Oversized Crinkled Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies

21. OVERSIZED CRINKLED CHOCOLATE CHIP BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES

Unlike standard chocolate chip cookies, these large handheld favorites are full of sweet flavor from the nice balance of chocolate-y sweet and butterscotch charm, which work perfectly together. In addition, their crinkled look and thinly crisped bodies, make for a real obsession. 

Perfect Vegan Apple Maple Cinnamon Rolls

22. PERFECT VEGAN APPLE MAPLE CINNAMON ROLLS

These rolls come loaded with deep apple flavor and topped with a velvety maple glaze and sprinkles of toasted pecans. Every bite will have you feeling like you’re eating a warm slice of Grandma’s apple pie. There’s really no other way to eat a cinnamon roll after finding this recipe.

5-Ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake

23. 5-INGREDIENT STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MILKSHAKE

This 5-Ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake recipe is a real sweet treat and you’ve ready correctly—only uses 5 ingredients! This milkshake definitely lives up to it’s name, reminding you of a velvety slice of cheesecake by the flavors, Graham cracker crumble, and fresh strawberry compote to top things off! So, grab your straw and drink away.

The Best Oreo Cheesecake Bites

24. THE BEST OREO CHEESECAKE BITES

The Best Oreo Cheesecake Bites are what we call these little bites and it’s no understatement. Not only are these little bites the perfect size, but they come fully packed with a beautifully tasty oreo cookie crust and a decadent oreo filling, topped with whipped cream and a full oreo cookie for extra goodness. Can we just say that it’s an oreo overload?

Homemade Vegan Funfetti Sprinkles Cupcakes

25. HOMEMADE VEGAN FUNFETTI SPRINKLES CUPCAKES

These Homemade Vegan Funfetti Sprinkles Cupcakes are a tasty, healthier option to your classic childhood favorite—funfetti Birthday Cake!. Not only are they completely moist + fluffy, but these cupcakes are also loaded with sweet little rainbow sprinkles that when paired with this airy vegan vanilla buttercream, they become completely irresistible. Just 1-bowl required, all dairy-free and vegan. Gluten-free option available.

Healthy Blueberry Vegan Donuts with Blueberry Glaze

26. HEALTHY BLUEBERRY VEGAN DONUTS WITH BLUEBERRY GLAZE

This Healthy Blueberry Vegan Donuts with Blueberry Glaze recipe is a real treat. Fluffy, moist, baked, and completely dairy-free; these donuts (or doughnuts if preferred) are the perfect sweet treat for the entire family. Easily whipped together in under 30 minutes.

Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers

27. VEGAN SPICED PEAR TURNOVERS

These Vegan Spiced Pear Turnovers are nothing short of flaky, perfectly sweet, and bursting with comforting spice flavors, both inside + out. An all buttery pastry and delicious filling, these turnovers are a true crowd-pleaser! All Vegan ingredients and easy to make. Gluten-Free Version available.

Easy Peanut Butter Chunky Monkey Milkshake

28. EASY PEANUT BUTTER CHUNKY MONKEY MILKSHAKE

This Easy Peanut Butter Chunky Monkey Milkshake recipe is completely decadent in flavor. This milkshake is the perfect Summer treat with a nice twist of banana, walnut, chocolate, and peanut butter flavor. Super easy and quick to make, with only a handful of ingredients. 

Strawberry Sweet Rolls + Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

29. STRAWBERRY SWEET ROLLS WITH LEMON CREAM CHEESE GLAZE

These Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze are absolutely moist and sticky, made with a homemade tender dough, a sweet strawberry filling with chunks of strawberries tucked away in between, and a sweet + tangy glaze that adds a punch of great flavor to this recipe.

Vegan Chewy, Fudge Avocado Walnut Brownies

30. VEGAN CHEWY, FUDGE AVOCADO WALNUT BROWNIES

These Vegan Chewy, Fudge Avocado Walnut Brownies are the perfect sweet treat that is full of chocolatey goodness! You’ll be surprised that it’s made from completely vegan ingredients, little chunks of crunch from the tucked away walnuts, and chewiness/fudge from the creamy avocado. It’s definitely a killer sweet treat to add to your list of must-bakes!

Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip + Pretzel Cookies

31. CHUNKY VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP + PRETZEL COOKIES

These Chunky Vegan Chocolate Chip + Pretzel Cookies are nothing short of amazing! They provide a great balance of salty + sweet from the marrying of the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces. In addition, the use of applesauce (Yes, you read it right!) give these cookies a nice chewiness, softness, + gooeyness that will leave you wanting just one more cookie (or maybe 2 or 3! Haha!).

Vegan Baked Cinnamon Caramel Apples

32. VEGAN BAKED CINNAMON CARAMEL APPLES

This Vegan Baked Cinnamon Caramel Apples recipe is the perfect dessert for the entire family and any time of year. Perfectly tender halved apples, stuffed with a crispy oats + spices topping and generously drenched in vegan caramel sauce. Every bite is breath-taking and full of warmth.

Best Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

33. BEST VEGAN PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS

They are moist, soft, thick, sweet, and surely does just melt in your mouth. Not being your typical Cinnamon Roll, this recipe is topped with a mouth-watering Maple Glaze that will leave you wanting more. Definitely not your average vegan sweet treat, but 100% homemade and filled with pure goodness!

Salted Caramel Chunky Milkshake

34. SALTED CARAMEL CHUNKY MILKSHAKE

This fabulous Salted Caramel Chunky Milkshake is a real sweet treat. Incredibly velvety, smothered with caramel sauce, and little bits of chocolate chunks, this recipe is every bit of “heaven in a glass”.  Super easy to make and can be whipped together in less than 10 minutes.

VEGAN VANILLA UNICORN-INSPIRED DOUGHNUTS

35. VEGAN VANILLA UNICORN-INSPIRED DOUGHNUTS

These Vegan Vanilla Unicorn-inspired doughnuts are soft, sweet, and drenched in white chocolately goodness. A fun and healthy recipe for the kiddies and a sure way to get them happily involved and a mini baker in training. Each colorful edible sprinkle adds a beautiful crunch to the top and know that one doughnut just wouldn’t be enough to crave that sweet tooth of yours once you take a bite.

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

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    • Thanks so much for sharing, Melani! I am so glad that you’ve found our list to be helpful! 🙂

  1. Now this is a wonderful roundup that can surely put anyone into the right mood. I can already see a few of my favorite recipes, and I am keen to explore the others!

    • Yes, it’s so needed for the little ones! I’m so glad that they enjoyed the pancakes! 🙂