Maybe you’re not having much trouble cooking paleo for yourself, but you’re having some trouble getting the family on board. The hardest part about this is finding paleo recipes for kids that will make them feel as though they’re eating what everyone else is eating. The other hard part? Sneaking in veggies! Fortunately, there are tons of classics reworked into healthy dishes from breakfast cereals to pretzel dogs. No matter how picky the kids are, we’ve got something that will help make dinnertime a little easier on everyone.
You know what else the youngsters love? Candy. Try out these Three Easy Gelatin Recipes for homemade fruit snacks which make handy paleo recipes for kids and adults alike.
If you look back on your childhood, you might fondly recall mornings sitting down to the table with a big bowl of cereal. You probably had your favorites, and if you were anything like me, those favorites were essentially a big bowl of sugar. As I grew older, I began to replace those “bad cereals” with healthier options. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the breakfast aisle and their whole-grain claims don’t mean much. It’s hard work to find a cereal that isn’t loaded and “enriched” with fake ingredients. Even worse, you’re ready for a second bowl an hour later. If you’re searching for real-food paleo recipes for kids to make weekday mornings easy, try this granola loaded with healthy fats to keep ’em full, a healthy dose of fiber from the flax, and the natural sweetness of maple syrup.
- 2 bananas (about 1 cup puree)
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup raw flax seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Generous pinch of coarse ground sea salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened dried blueberries
- ¼ cup unsweetened dried cherries
- Optional: ¼ cup soy & dairy free mini chocolate chips
Paleo Kale and Chives Egg Muffins from Paleo Magazine
Trying to sell the little ones on kale? The color alone can be unappetizing to picky kids, but these egg cups have potential to change the game. It’s no secret that veggie intake is important. We’re generally following the rule of more = better. The best way to get all those servings? Eating vegetables with every meal, of course! Breakfast can be a tough one considering how little time we have to prep and how accustomed our culture has become to having something sweet. Furthermore, it’s hard to find paleo recipes for kids that do a good job at concealing their vegetable content. The egg muffin can be prepped ahead of time in bulk, frozen or refrigerated for convenience, and it’s an easy way to sneak greens into anyone’s diet. Wrap in bacon or prosciutto for some protein power that will keep the kids full until lunch.
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 cup kale, finely chopped
- ¼ cup chives, finely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 slices of prosciutto (optional)
Extra Crispy Waffles from Brittany Angell
A list of paleo recipes for kids wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential breakfast treat. If you continue to reminisce upon childhood breakfasts, you might also recall lazy weekend mornings spent in front of the television accompanied by frozen waffles doused in maple syrup. Ah, the nostalgia! Fortunately for us paleo-ite’s, we can still get in on this action. This waffle recipe is sure to please both the entire family. You’ll get the same familiar texture hence its “extra crispy” claims from almond flour and tapioca starch instead of wheat flour. Top with real maple syrup, fresh fruit, or coconut cream for the ultimate treat. The kids will be begging for more.
- 1 packed cup of blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca (starch)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tbsp. of granulated sugar (try coconut sugar)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. of mild flavored oil or melted butter
- 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk
- 1 tsp. lemon juice (or vinegar)
Cauliflower “Tater Tots” from Empowered Sustenance
When I think about my favorite snacks and sides as a child, I immediately think of one thing: potatoes. Tots, chips, fries – you name it. If it was starchy and salty, you could count me in. I’ve learned a lot of ways around this, especially since going paleo, but it’s still a feeling I crave. These cauliflower tots are a healthy replacement to make in place of a few potato tots straight out of the freezer section. The texture is similar with that crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside goodness you’re going for. Skip the deep fryer and break out the coconut oil instead.
- 1/2 head large cauliflower
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil/butter/ghee
- 2 eggs
- 4 tsp. coconut flour
- 3/4 tsp. unrefined salt
- 1/2 tsp. Herbes de Provence, crushed (optional)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil/ghee/lard (for cooking)
Paleo Plantain Chips and Easy Guacamole from Gutsy By Nature
Sticking with the theme of crispy, salty, and “almost a potato, but not quite,” we’ve got chips for today’s after-school special. Plantains are a healthy starch packed with potassium, fiber, vitamin-A, and vitamin-C so you can feel good about the kids chowing down on these. Plantains are also just as budget-friendly as potatoes, so you can easily fit a few into the weekly grocery budget even if you’ve got a few little mouths to feed. Paleo recipes for kids should be both economical and healthy, especially for big families. These are served up with a quick guac which will help introduce picky kids to the wonderful world of avocado. The only problem I see? How addictive these can get!
Baked Carrot Fries from Healy Eats Real
While searching for paleo recipes for kids, it’s important to have some super simple tricks up our sleeves. We’re not deviating from the snack-time theme with these carrot fries. They look like french fries and they almost taste like them, too. Instead of hitting the deep fryer for a crispy texture, these carrot strips are baked with olive oil and spices to give them that slightly sweet, caramelized taste that the kids will be happy to chow down on. These make a nice snack or dinnertime side dish that the whole family can get down with.
- 1 pound carrots (about 10-12 medium carrots)
- 1½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp thyme
Pretzel Dogs from a Girl Worth Saving
Pigs in a blanket are a favorite paleo recipe for kids and the Sunday football viewing party alike, so be sure to archive this beloved main course. There’s only one thing that turns this particular creation into something even more special, and that’s the pretzel crust. These hot dogs would be ideal to “wow” the masses at a kid’s birthday party or special event. Make a few ahead of time to stash in the freezer for a quick weekend lunch. Remember, you create your own convenience. This is a treat everyone can look forward to.
- 5 Applegate Farms Organic Grass Fed Hot Dogs
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of butter or olive oil or ghee
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup of tapioca flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup of coconut flour
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
Paleo Mac ‘n’ Cheese from My Natural Family
Food for the kids or comfort food classics? The two categories coexist wonderfully, so use a recipe like this “mac and cheese” to cozy up with yourself. The oh-so-versatile cauliflower stands in for what would traditionally be pasta while butter and coconut milk lend that dreamy, creamy goodness that makes this fare just as good as actual cheese. Squash and carrots give it that bright hue and pack in even more veggies. My personal suggestions? Throw some crispy bacon bits and nutritional yeast on top for smoky, cheesy perfection.
- 1 ½ heads Cauliflower
- 2 T. grass-fed Butter
- ½ t. real salt
- ¼ C. water
- 2 T. grass-fed butter
- 1 small yellow squash, cut into small cubes
- 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
- ½ small sweet onion, diced
- ½ t. garlic powder
- ¾ t. ground mustard
- 1 t. real salt
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 egg yolk
- pepper, to taste
Paleo Fish Sticks from Paleo Cupboard
Seafood is an incredibly nutrient-dense food, and it’s recommended on a paleo diet at least three times per week. If you’ve got a tough crowd to cook for, fish might be one of the most difficult foods to dish out. That is until it’s battered and fried, disguised in all that crispy, bread-y glory. This is one of the quintessential paleo recipes for kids. It uses almond flour and arrowroot starch to create a perfect shell for cod that everyone will happily eat up. Fry in lard or tallow for the tastiest final product. These fish sticks are going to be a lunchtime staple.
- 1 pound fresh cod
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups finely ground blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour or tapioca flour
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 3-4 Tbsp. lard/bacon fat or tallow
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Detoxinista
Kids love chocolate chip cookies. Adults love chocolate chip cookies. I think everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Don’t let paleo rob you of the joy that this treat brings, especially warm out of the oven and dipped into a cool glass of almond milk. They’re sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup so you can steer clear of all the sugar that commonly makes these treats sweet.
- 2 cups almond meal, or almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Sweet Potato Banana Bites from The Lean Green Bean
You know those Hostess mini muffins in the little bags? When I was a kid, the banana muffins were my absolute favorite thing in the world. A box of those would hardly last a few days in my house. I still remember the intoxicatingly sweet smell (and taste) so well. Imagine my surprise when I found the ultimate paleo recipe for kids when I stumbled upon these bite-sized treats. The Hostess copy-cats boast a whole lot more nutrition using both sweet potato and banana to get the soft texture and sweet taste just right. Nut butter offers up its healthy fat content and mix-ins are up to you – I would personally go with chocolate chips.
- ½ c cooked, mashed sweet potato (approx 1 medium)
- ½ cup mashed banana (approx 1 medium)
- ¼ c nut butter
- 2 eggs
- cinnamon, to taste
- Optional mix-ins: dark chocolate chips, fruit, chia seeds, etc
The Healthiest Chocolate Mousse from Deliciously Ella
Chocolate pudding is common addition to the average American lunch box, so ditch the Snack Packs and get on board with this amazing, highly nutritious recipe instead. The secret ingredient? Avocado! Bananas and dates will give it the sweetness you so desire, and the kids won’t even know there’s anything green hidden in there. Use unprocessed, raw cacao powder which has all those health benefits of chocolate that people talk about – mood boosters, antioxidants, and yum-factor to name a few. This is one of those paleo recipes for kids all the parents will be asking for.
- 2 really ripe bananas
- 1 ripe avocado
- 6 medjool dates
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 2 heaped teaspoons of almond butter
- 2 heaped teaspoons of raw cacao powder
- a little sweetener (I like maple syrup)
- a teaspoon of hemp protein powder
- a sprinkling of chia seeds
- a sprinkling of flax seeds
Sometimes, cooking for the family can get tough. This is especially true if you’re playing chef for the little ones. The best thing that we can do for the kids? Lead by example! Show them just how delicious their veggies can be. Get creative with classic comfort foods made paleo, and don’t forget to treat them from time to time (and yourself!) If you’re having trouble getting them enthusiastic about eating real food, try letting them help you out in the kitchen. It always tastes better when you make it yourself. Revolutionize mealtime and snack time with a few of these paleo recipes for kids – they could really help to change the game.
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