Celebrate America’s Birthday this year with these super festive recipes, perfect for the kiddos (and grown-ups!). When dreaming up ideas for these treats, our only requirements were that they be FUN, EASY-TO-DO, and of course, RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!
RED VELVET PANCAKES
Go on, let them eat cake…for breakfast!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 a cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
*recipe adapted from Southern Living
Combine the first 6 ingredients into a bowl. Whisk the milk and the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Slowly add the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Heat a griddle or a large non-stick pan over medium, to medium-high heat (about 350 degrees), and grease with unsalted butter. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake onto the griddle or non-stick pan. Cook about 3- 4 minutes, until the tops are bubbly, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes, or until done. Be careful not to burn them, so the pancakes stay red! Top with plenty of fresh blueberries and powdered sugar.
Patriotic Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles
We have been making homemade popsicles for our kids since they were babies. It’s such a great way to get some extra nutrients in their growing bellies, and they’re really fun to eat. This summer, skip the ice cream truck and go for this healthier option. Plus, popsicles are one of the best snacks to beat the heat!
- Add berries (preferably diced strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries so the popsicles are patriotic) to the bottom of a popsicle mold
- Fill with coconut water
- Place in the freezer, until just frozen
- Add vanilla yogurt
- Freeze again
- Repeat step one
*We also made a few popsicles where we muddled berries and coconut water together, and used that mixture as the first and third layer. This is a great option if your kids are picky about whole fruit in their popsicles, or if you just like the effect 😉
Red Walnut Granola
Fill mason jars with this colorful homemade granola, tie with blue twine or ribbon, and you’ve got yourself a sweet treat or party favor to bring to a 4th of July BBQ. The great thing about this snack is you can devour in one sitting, or save it for cereal the next morning. Also, you can mix it up and add whatever nuts or seeds you’d like.
For the “base” of the granola, add 2 cups of rolled oats and 1 cup of chopped raw almonds into a large bowl. Then, add 1/4 cup of honey (or you could use maple syrup), 1/3 cup of coconut oil (or any healthy oil), a dash of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined. Pour in an even layer onto a non-stick baking sheet, bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (or until nice and golden brown), and stir occasionally so as not to burn. Let it cool down completely before adding the rest of the goodies!
We opted to add the red walnuts after the granola base had baked, because we didn’t want them to lose their bright red color. We also added coconut flakes, dried cranberries, and vanilla yogurt-covered raisins to the mixture, to make this granola bursting with red and white color for the 4th of July!