My kids picked the recipes for the mini pizzas and date cookies for this post, so needless to say they are family friendly. The mini pizzas are really simple to make and are great for a quick lunch or dinner. I like that the kids can make their own and put on their favorite toppings, so they get their pizza just how they want it (no complaining involved). My kids, and my husband, love to have the Date Cookies for snack and they usually disappear the same day I make them. They are full of oats and nuts, but no refined sugar. There is no baking involved for these cookies, all you need is a food processor. Kids can help make these cookies too. You can have them measure ingredients and help roll the cookies. I love to get my kids involved in cooking and they love to eat things that they make, even if it is a new food.
For each pizza:
Sprouted grain or whole grain English muffin (Like Ezekiel brand)
1 Tbsp tomato sauce
2 Tbsp vegan mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings of your choice: spinach, black olives, vegan pepperoni, vegan sausage
Split open the English muffin and toast it for a couple of minutes under the broiler (watch it carefully). Remove it from the oven and top the muffin with sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. Put the pizza back under the broiler to melt the cheese. Remember to watch it carefully. Remove them from the oven and let cool for just a minute. Serve the pizza with a salad or chopped veggies for a quick meal.
No Bake Date Cookies
Makes 12 cookies
1/4 Cup old fashioned oats
1/4 Cup raw almonds
1/4 Cup raw cashews
25-30 dried dates (make sure they are pitted)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup
Grind the oats in the food processor and put into a bowl. Grind the almonds and cashews and add them to the oats (your want them finely ground but not made into nut butter). Puree the dates and then add the oats and nuts back in along with the cinnamon, salt and syrup. Pulse the food processor to combine all of the ingredients together. Put in all into a bowl and roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter. If it is sticky wet your hands a little.