Oftentimes, kids like to cook just as much as their parents, but they never get the kitchen all to themselves. That’s probably for the best, given all the dangers that come with operating a stove, knives, and other “heavy machinery” that we find in the kitchen. The National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day is meant to give the kids an opportunity to experience the joys of cooking alongside their parents.

To make it an even more exciting time for everyone, our Fresh Prep girls and guys prepared some easy recipes for kids and adults to cook together. All of these recipes are safe for children and don’t require the use of an oven or stove.


Frozen yogurt bites

This quick, healthy, and delicious dessert is very easy to make. You only need two ingredients - greek yogurt and fruit or berries of your choosing. Don’t forget about the molds! Let your imagination run wild and pick any mold you like.

  1. Mix greek yogurt with fruit or berries and mash together.
  2. Transfer the resulting mixture into a silicone mold.
  3. Tap the mold a few times to remove air bubbles.
  4. Place in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until the bites are solid.
  5. Enjoy the refreshing dessert during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or as a snack between meals.


No bake cookie dough balls

Who doesn’t love to sneak a bit of cookie dough when someone’s making cookies? Unfortunately, that comes with the risk of getting an upset tummy. Instead, try making these no bake cookie dough balls that are completely safe for consumption and taste just like cookie dough!

  1. Combine oats, coconut flakes, peanut butter, flax seeds, chocolate chips, chia or hemp seeds, a bit of vanilla extract, and honey or agave syrup for sweetness, and mix in a food processor.
  2. Roll the resulting mixture into little balls.
  3. Roll the cookie dough balls in sprinkles.
  4. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Savory toast

When you’re in the mood for a savory breakfast or snack, nothing can satisfy your craving quite as well as a savory toast (or two). The beauty of this dish is that you can customize it to your liking. The only thing that stays constant is the toast, but even that can be played with. Start by toasting the bread and then pick one from these colorful combinations to put on your toast, or create your own!

  • Tomato + mozzarella + basil + pesto
  • Lox + cream cheese + chives
  • Prosciutto + peaches
  • Fried egg + cream cheese + bacon
  • Avocado + tomato + bagel seasoning

Microwave mug chocolate brownie

There is no easier dessert than a microwave mug brownie. It tastes just like a real brownie from the oven and you can decide how gooey you want it. Since the oven is not involved, it is a relatively safe recipe for the youngest kids. Keep in mind that the mug will be hot coming out of the microwave!

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. Add in some milk, oil, and chocolate chips. Mix until integrated.
  3. Pour the resulting mixture into a cup and cook it in the microwave for 90 to 180 seconds, depending on how gooey you like it.
  4. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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