From chicken nuggets and mac and cheese, to cheese crackers, toaster pastries, chocolate chip cookies, and fish sticks, I rounded up the best homemade kids food to help you feed your kids the food they want—but with more nutrition! These recipes are all kid-tested for flavor and vetted for straight-forward recipe methods.
The term “kids food” really just means that whatever the food is that we’re talking about is somehow more fun than “regular” food. So it could be a fun color, the taste could be sweeter (and therefore fun!) or the shape is more thoughtful. I’m of the mind that we don’t need to serve our kids special food to get them to eat it, but playing to their strengths with homemade versions of their favorite kids food can be a good tactic to try!
I rounded up 50 of my very favorite recipes for healthy kids food. They include:
- Breakfast foods including breakfast bars, toaster pastries, egg sandwiches, and flavored milks.
- Recipes for tots, nuggets, and chicken tenders to make dinner and lunch more fun.
- Healthy recipes for kids including pasta, pizza, and burgers.
- The best classic snack foods for kids including cheese crackers, drinkable yogurt, and all sorts of healthy snack bars.
- Healthy and yummy desserts including cookies, brownies, frozen yogurt, and cookie cake.
I hope that these give you some new ideas for what to cook for your kids to keep them both well nourished and happy at the table!
Kid Food: Breakfast & Lunch
- Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries: Like Pop Tarts, only better for them.
- Egg Sandwiches: You can stash these into the freezer!
- Breakfast Bars: With the flavors of PB&J (and no eggs or dairy), these are a favorite homemade jam bar.
- Instant Oatmeal: DIY a store bought staple for less sugar and more nutrients.
- Chocolate Milk: Bonus, this one has no added sugars.
- Strawberry Milk: This tastes so much better than the kind that comes in a carton.
- Baked French Toast Sticks: These even have banana in them!
- Homemade Lunchables: They may never be quite as appealing as the store bought kind, but they are less expensive and healthier!
- Pizza Rolls: Like pizza, only easier to pack in a lunchbox.
- Healthy Grilled Cheese: Use yellow cheese and mashed sweet potato or butternut squash to get some veggies in.
Kid Food: Nuggets, Tenders, & Tots
- Baked Chicken Tenders: You can coat these super crunchy tenders with gluten-free tortilla chips or panko.
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets: Simple and classic and perfect for dunking.
- Sweet Potato Chicken Nuggets: This easy (and egg-free) recipe has a veggie right in the mix.
- Tofu Nuggets: Crunchy and packed with calcium and protein.
- Veggie Nuggets: Add some veggies into these nuggets—which also boast quinoa.
- Broccoli Tots: Try this homemade version of a freezer aisle staple.
- Cauliflower Tots: These pair perfectly with ranch or ketchup.
- Sweet Potato Tater Tots: Crunchy outside, delicious sweet potato goodness inside.
- Homemade Tater Tots: Forget the kids, I’m making these for myself!
- Crispy Fish Sticks: These might just be the way to get the kids interested in fish…or renew your own interest!
Kid Food: Pasta, Pizza, and Burgers
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: The veggies blend right into the sauce.
- Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese: If your kids like orange mac and cheese, try this veggie-packed one.
- Baked Mac and Cheese: A must if your kids like their mac and cheese with crunch on top.
- Spaghetti and Meatballs: And the meatballs have hidden veggies inside.
- Spaghetti Os: A true classic!
- Personal Pizza: Use this whole wheat dough to make healthier mini pizzas.
- Bagel Pizzas: Easy and fun for any meal of the day.
- Pizza Rolls: Use pesto for the filling and get some greens into the kids the easy way.
- Zucchini Burgers: These are mini in size, but big in flavor and veggies.
- Veggie Burgers: Take a break from fast food with this healthy at home option.
Kid Food: Healthy Homemade Snacks
- Cheese Crackers: Let the kids help to roll out the easy-to-work-with dough for a fun kitchen activity.
- Fruit and Grain Bars: You could buy them, sure, but you could also make this delicious homemade version.
- Homemade Larabars: Press this dough into rectangles for a DIY take on the popular snack bar.
- Homemade Kind Bars: Try chopping the nuts up smaller if serving these to kiddos under 3.
- Homemade RX Bars: Because at over $2 a bar, homemade is certainly cheaper.
- Graham Crackers: 100% whole-wheat goodness.
- Animal Crackers: These healthy sugar cookies can double as animal crackers if you use the right cookie cutters!
- Strawberry Chips: Skip the pricy bags of freeze-dried fruit and make an easy batch of these instead.
- Cookie Dough: These Peanut Butter Energy Balls taste like peanut butter cookie dough. For real!
- Drinkable Yogurt: Skip the pricy little bottles and blend some up yourself with only 3 ingredients!
Kid Food: Healthy Desserts
- Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies: Make these with M&Ms for a homemade monster cookie.
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Just enough sweetness and plump raisins to satisfy.
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding: So much dark chocolate goodness (and those healthy fats).
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake: So big, so fun!
- Greek Frozen Yogurt: Creamy, fruity, and packed with protein.
- Homemade Gummies: A fun treat to make and share.
- Healthy Fudge Brownies: Plus, they have veggies tucked inside!
- Healthy Blondies: Don’t tell the kids, these have chickpeas in them…but also chocolate!
- Instant Frozen Yogurt: You’ll be amazed at how two simple ingredients can taste so much like a treat.
- Fudge Pops: Chocolatey and packed with protein!