Christmas Recipes for Kids

Find healthy, delicious Christmas recipes for kids from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Rating: 4.55 stars
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In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

Banana-Bran Muffins

Rating: 4.83 stars
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By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime--just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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Garlic cloves, cooked along with the potatoes, give this puree extra body and lots of flavor.

Fork-Tender Pot Roast

For a meal that's ready when you get home after a long day, try this flavorful and hearty pot roast.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.86 stars
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In this easy vegetable side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and are roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transform this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

Garlic Chicken

Rating: 4.32 stars
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Whole garlic cloves are mild when simmered with chicken in a simple white wine-mustard sauce in this garlic chicken recipe. Serve with smashed potatoes with buttermilk and sautéed green beans.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts

This oatmeal recipe is great when you have guests and want to serve them a special breakfast. Everything cooks in the slow-cooker overnight--all you need to do in the morning is throw together the roasted apple and walnut topping, and serve!

Honey Oat Quick Bread

Rating: 4.73 stars
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This honey-oat bread has a pleasant flavor and divinely moist, tender crumb. It requires minimal mixing and cleanup, calls for ingredients usually stocked in the pantry, and is tasty yet healthful. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars

Rating: 3.57 stars
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These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Rating: 3.83 stars
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This healthy whole-grain pumpkin pancake recipe produces fluffy cakes with a beautiful orange hue from pureed pumpkin and light crunch from toasted pecans. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to 1/2 cup of the whole-wheat flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and omega-3s by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds.

Banana-Blueberry Muffins

Rating: 4.59 stars
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The slight acidity of buttermilk tenderizes and moistens baked goods while allowing you to cut way back on butter or oils. Here, it also lends a slight tanginess to the winning combination of bananas and blueberries.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 3.89 stars
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Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.
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Inspiration and Ideas

24 Healthy Christmas Treats for Kids
These dessert and snack recipes feature plenty of seasonal flavors like peppermint and cinnamon.
Morning Glory Muffins
Rating: Unrated
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These Morning Glory muffins are full of everything you'd expect in the bakery favorite-carrots, apple and raisins, topped with nuts and toasted wheat germ. If raisins aren't your favorite, substitute an equal amount of the dried fruit of your choice.

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Rating: 4.62 stars
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The addition of delicious sweet potatoes gives a nutrient boost to mashed potatoes. Double it: Cook the potatoes in a Dutch oven rather than a large saucepan.