15 Easy-Peasy Brunch Recipes Your Kids Can Make
In an ideal world, the kiddos would give Mom or Dad a break from cooking by making weekend brunch. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? To help with this delicious mission, here's a list of dishes that are easy enough for young chefs to pull off. This cool collection scores big points for mostly taking hot pans out of the equation, setting everyone up for success. There are a couple of easy recipes that involve the oven or the stovetop, but you can be the judge of whether or not they're suitable for your young ones. Letting the kids cook is also a genius opportunity to share the essential lesson that cleaning up as you go means the kitchen's not going to be a hot mess when brunch is ready to serve.
Easy French Toast Waffles
Preheat the waffle iron while mixing up the egg and milk combo for dipping the bread. Cooking this way means there's no need to flip. Tip: Keep the finished French toast warm in a 200-degree oven, placing it on a cookie cooling rack. That way, the toast won't get soggy.
No-Bake Raspberry Peanut Butter Granola Bars
"Deliciously gooey raspberry peanut butter granola bars made with fresh raspberries, peanut butter, oats, and chia seeds. A healthy homemade no-bake snack that takes just five minutes to make! Store in a container in the freezer for up to one week," Megan Olson says.
Kid-Friendly Fruit Salad
This juicy combo of citrus, grapes, and berries will get the little cooks fired up about eating their fruit. Because, as seasoned chefs know, something always tastes better when you know the effort involved in putting it together. Tip: Add some crunch by sprinkling a tablespoon of granola on top.
Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
"A yummy breakfast that is healthy but doesn't leave you feeling deprived, this no-cook oatmeal will be creamy by the morning time and makes breakfast prep time non-existent. Put all ingredients in a 12-ounce mason jar and vigorously shake to make preparation a breeze!" — Vanessa Fregoso
Yummy No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls for Kids
Rolling up slices of cinnamon-sugared pieces of bread might seem like a bit of a cheat, but it's a great way to build the confidence of a budding chef. Tip: Save the crusts and make croutons.
"I started making this when I was five. Needless to say, I've introduced this breakfast favorite to our kids and they love it, as well," Linda McLean says.
Easy Omelet in a Bag
This social media sensation proves there's an insatiable appetite for incredibly easy morning meals. Whisk the eggs, toss in some flavorful ingredients like bacon and pour into a Ziplock. Slip that bag into boiling water and, boom! Just 10 minutes later, brunch is served. Good to know: This cooking method is a cousin of sous vide, the fancy way to achieve yummy meals.
Emmi's Banana Wraps
"Even kids as young as a year old can help make these," Mae says. "Have fun with it."
Bacon for the Family or for a Crowd
No more hot grease splattering all over the stove top, this neat-o approach to making a big batch of crispy bacon is all about baking it in the oven. Tip: Save the rendered pork fat and add a teaspoon of it to the oil you use to fry hash browns. Best tasting taters ever!
Mint and Fruit Smoothie
Fresh mint, grapefruit, and lime juice add zing to frozen strawberries, fresh pineapple, and unsweetened apple sauce.
Sometimes called Dutch Babies, this puffy pancake is a breeze to mix up and pour in a prepared pan. It emerges from the oven looking golden crisp on the outside and creamy inside. Tip: Be creative on the big finish, topping with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, Nutella, crispy bits of bacon, or fill in the blank.
Individual Baked Eggs
"I baked the bacon in the oven instead of stove top. This recipe was quick easy and had little cleanup!" —Lindsey
Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast
"Perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast," Jillian says. "Red delicious apples are great to begin with, but peanut butter and apples are a great combination. Of course, I'll take peanut butter any way I can get it!"
Few recipes are easier than a classic yogurt parfait, which can be tailored to whatever's in the kitchen. "Honey Bunches of Oats crushed make good granola topping," writes home cook stepperanddaniel. "That's what we already had on hand."
This sparkling mocktail mixes tonic water, orange juice, and a squeeze of lemon. Refreshing!