It’s fun to get the kids in the kitchen. Especially for kids with food allergies, it’s a way to teach them about possibilities with food instead of restrictions. And snack recipes are a really great way to start because what kid doesn’t like to snack?

Shakes or smoothies

I haven’t met a kid who didn’t like to press the button on a blender. A melon mango smoothie is a delicious treat that’s easy to make. Take half a large cantaloupe and half a large mango, diced and de-seeded, and drop into the blender. Process until smooth. Add ¾ cup plain soy yogurt (or other type yogurt) and a half cup of rice milk or coconut milk and simply stir without processing. Chill for about an hour for a thicker, colder texture. Once you get this down, it’s easy to substitute the fruit – try frozen berries or honeydew and substitute the yogurt with flavors like lime or pina colada. Let your kids experiment until they find they perfect combination – then start over again!

Granola bars

This one can have as many variations as there are children. Start with a basic mix. In a large bowl combine 3 cups of granola, 1 cup crispy rice cereal, ¼ cup sunflower seeds and ¼ cup raisins. In a sauce pan heat up ¾ cup brown rice syrup or honey and half a cup of sunbutter. After melted, add a teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla, stir. Pour over the granola mix and coat evenly. Spread on to a lined 9×13 pan. Let cool. If you’d like to add some chocolate flourish, you can melt 1 cup allergy friendly chocolate chips with quarter cup vegetable oil, mix well and drizzle across the top of your granola. Once cooled cut and remove. To this recipe you can add pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cherries, chocolate chips, coconut – anything you and your little ones think would be interesting and delicious.

Baked fruits

In a shallow baking dish mix ¼ cup honey and juice from a lemon. Peel and core about three large baking apples. Cut in slices. Place slices in the honey sauce and coat well. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Melt two teaspoons of butter and drizzle across the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Baste during baking for added deliciousness. This one is easy and delicious and makes the whole house smell wonderful. You can use different spices like nutmeg or cardamom. Try different fruits like pears and add some raisins to the mix. Kids will love it!

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