Do-It-Myself Recipes for Kids

Grilled Pizza Roll Ups 

(nut free) •

  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 mozzarella sticks or 1/2 c grated mozzarella
  • 4 pepperoni, diced optional
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Cut the crusts off the bread.
Using a rolling pin, roll out the pieces of bread until flat.
Place a cheese stick or 2 tablespoons of cheese on the edge of the bread closest to you and add diced pepperoni if desired.
Tightly roll up the bread pressing the seam/end down to adhere.

Heat butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the roll ups seam side down for 1-2 minutes or until golden.
Continue sautéing the rollups on each side until golden all over.
Cut each roll up into 4 “sushi rolls” and serve with marinara sauce

Chocolate-Marshmallow Mug Cakes

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 t baking soda
  • pinch salt

Whisk sugar, buttermilk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Butter 4 small microwave-safe mugs and divide the batter among them. Microwave, one at a time, until a toothpick comes out clean, about 2 minutes. Make a slit in the center of each cake and pipe marshmallow cream into the slit. Top the cake with warmed chocolate frosting, then pipe white frosting squiggles on top.

Apple Nachos

by Sheena Patel Swanner MS, RDN, LD
Not only is this recipe fun for kids to make and eat, it was specially crafted for the American Institute for Cancer Research to support cancer prevention and survival. Fresh apple slices are the base of this “nacho” recipe. Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C, and with this recipe you can choose any type of apple. The best part is you can get creative and use different healthy toppings you have around the house.


  • 1 medium apple, sliced • 1/2 cup plain reduced-fat Greek yogurt • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 T almond butter • 3 T water • 1 T salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds • 1 Tbsp. granola chunks • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Slice apple into thin slices (about 25 slices) and arrange on a plate.
Mix yogurt, honey, almond butter, and water together and drizzle over apple slices. If yogurt dip is too thick to drizzle, add more water to thin out.
Sprinkle pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and granola chunks on top of yogurt layer.
To finish, sprinkle cinnamon over the entire dish and serve immediately.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Graham crackers or apple slices

With a mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until creamy. Spoon dip into serving bowl or a small, hollowed-out pumpkin. Dip in graham crackers or apple slices.