Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

Keep these 10 recipes in your back pocket when you need a plan of action.

Arielle Weg
April 27, 2018

You wake up Friday morning to get the kids ready for school, and suddenly you get the call that the school is closed due to snow. Sure, if you had the house alone to relax and rejuvenate this would be the ultimate surprise. But you have little ones who are waking up soon, and now you have to keep them occupied indoors all day.

Keep calm: fun is on the way. Here are 10 of our most family-friendly recipes for a tasty day at home.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Ryan Dausch

You probably have these six ingredients in your pantry already. Plus, flourless cookies mean less powdery mess all over the kitchen (and your kid’s clothes).

View the recipe: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Muffins

These teeny muffins are the perfect bite-sized treat for your little ones, and only 204 calories for a three muffin serving.

View the recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Muffins 

PB, Banana, and Oat Cookies

Photo: Oxmoor House

You won’t believe these cookies are gluten-free and just 82 calories each. Mix flaxseed meal, oat flour, and oats, then blend bananas and chocolate in for unreal flavor.

View the recipe: PB, Banana, and Oat Cookies 

Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Tahini makes for a nut-free, yet delectably nutty addition, and bittersweet chocolate makes this bread taste like a true dessert. Don’t forget to let your kids mash up the bananas — that's the fun part.

View the recipe: Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread 

Cranberry, Orange, and Pistachio Muffins

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Each muffin clocks in at 179 calories and tastes fresh from bananas, cranberries, orange, and pistachios. Save this recipe for older kids to teach them how to safely use the stovetop. It’s a great opportunity to spread some love for cooking.

View the recipe: Cranberry, Orange, and Pistachio Muffins 

Coco-Zucchini Bread

Photo: Victor Protasio

Veggies don’t have to be an icky side dish at dinner. Help your kids shred zucchini to see the veg in action, then watch their face as they take a bite and realize how delicious it is.

View the recipe: Coco-Zucchini Bread 

Sweet-and-Sour Cherry Tartlets

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Little ones will love cutting out the star-shaped designs, and they’ll be amazed watching a pie crust come together from scratch. Mix up the filling to meet your kids’ tastes, and these individual tartlets are perfect portion control.

View the recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Cherry Tartlets 

Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

Chocolate chip cookies are an all time favorite for kid cooks. This version uses whole-wheat flour to bake a incredible cookie just over 100 calories each.

View the recipe: Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Super-Fudgy Teff Brownies

Photo: Iain Bagwell

One bite of these 100 percent whole grain and no refined flour brownies and you’ll never go back. Just one clocks in under 200 calories, so you can enjoy with your kids and maintain a healthy day.

View the recipe: Super-Fudgy Teff Brownies 

Gingerfolk Cookies

Jennifer Causey

There’s nothing quite like getting the family together to decorate cookies— so let your kids get creative. This recipe brings in fresh ginger and orange rind to intensify the dried spices.

View the recipe: Gingerfolk Cookies