06/29/2014 11:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Easy and Fun Summer Recipes to Make With Kids

1. Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches


These semi-homemade ice cream sandwiches are a delicious twist on an old fashioned treat. Kids love them. Adults love them. They are hard to beat! GET THE RECIPE

2. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread


This quick bread makes a perfect afternoon snack: it's super-chocolatey but not so sweet that it tastes like dessert -- and you can feel good about feeding it to your kids because it's loaded with zucchini. GET THE RECIPE

3. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas


Introduce your kids to a healthy snack this summer! When you roast chickpeas at a high temperature, they become deliciously golden and crisp on the exterior and buttery on the interior. They're as addictive as french fries. GET THE RECIPE

4. Quick & Easy Dill Pickles


Pickles are a great summer cooking project. This recipe is quick and easy -- no sterilizing jars or special canning equipment required. All you do is slice the cucumbers into spears and cover them with a brine, tuck them in the fridge and they're ready to eat in in 24 hours. GET THE RECIPE

5. Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


These homemade granola bars put all those store-bought bars to shame. What's more, they're no-bake and take only ten minutes to make! GET THE RECIPE

6. Blueberry Maple Bran Muffins


These blueberry muffins flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup strike the perfect balance between wholesome and indulgent. They're lower in fat and sugar than most muffins, enriched with nutritious wheat bran and whole wheat flour, and chock-full of antioxidant-rich blueberries. The best part? Your kids will love them. GET THE RECIPE

7. Banana Oatmeal Cookies


Put those old bananas to good use! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, these cookies taste just like banana bread. GET THE RECIPE

8. Chocolate Pudding Sundaes


Homemade chocolate pudding is silky-smooth and intensely chocolate -- a world apart from instant or store bought. Naturally, kids love it -- like lick their bowls clean, clank their spoons, get all quiet when they eat it love it -- especially topped with sweetened whipped cream and toppings. GET THE RECIPE