Christmastime is such a fun season for my family, but to make it even more fun I try to celebrate all month long by creating healthy and fun Christmas food art ideas. Between Halloween to New Year’s Day, I feel like we are surrounds by sweets and candy. But if I can make colorful, fun creations from nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, it is a lot easier to get my boys to reach for the options I want them to eat without asking for more ‘treats.’
I compiled a list of my favorite fun Christmas food ideas for kids. Each one of these ideas is simple to make and sure to be a hit with kids (and adults) of all ages!
7 Fun Christmas Food Art Ideas for Kids
Strawberry Banana Santa Pops
These strawberry banana Santa pops are so easy to make and so fun to eat! Using paper straws, insert a large banana slice to make Santa’s head and top with a strawberry to create the hat. Add on edible candy eye balls, a strawberry slice or red candy for the nose, and marshmallows to create Santa’s beard and hat. You can use melted chocolate, frosting, or even peanut butter to attach your decorations. Then serve chilled and watch everyone enjoy!
Santa Pancakes Recipe
I love making my four ingredient Greek yogurt pancakes for breakfast, but for the holidays I decided to spruce them up a bit. Enter my Santa Pancake Recipe. Using bananas, raspberries, and a few marshmallows you can create a Christmas morning breakfast your kids will love! Here I used the raspberries to shape Santa’s hat and added mini marshmallows to create the ball of the hat and the ‘fur’ lining (you can also use whipped cream here as well, but I didn’t have any in the house). To make the face, I used sliced large marshmallows topped with chocolate chips to create the eyes, a raspberry nose, and then sliced bananas to finish off the beard.
Vegetable Christmas Tree
Whether you are looking for a holiday appetizer platter your guests will love or just trying to think of creative ways to get your kids to eat more vegetables, this broccoli Christmas tree has it all. Using a mix of cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, and yellow bell pepper, you can ‘decorate’ the tree and top it off with a red bell pepper ‘star.’ All you need is the dip and you are good to go!
If you are looking for a fun food art snack idea for your kids, this cheese snowman has been a hit in our house. I make him in school lunches and for afternoon snacks. I just use two Babybel cheese circles stacked together. I save a bit of the wax wrapping to create the scarf and then slice cheddar cheese to create the snowman’s eyes, nose, and buttons. Round it out with a few fun red and green foods and you have a snack they can’t get enough of!
Kiwi Christmas Tree food Art
My kids can’t get enough fruit, so I am always looking for more ways to mix it up and make their plates more fun. This kiwi Christmas tree is a huge hit! By blending together kiwi slices, orange slices, and black olives (or grapes depending on what your family likes) you can have a beautifully decorated ‘tree’ that is the perfect way to satisfy those holiday sweet cravings without the added sugars.
Oatmeal Snowman Breakfast
Could this oatmeal snowman be any cuter? If you are looking for a warm breakfast to heat up those chilly Christmas mornings, this decorative oatmeal is the perfect option. Since oatmeal is a great source of whole grains and fiber, you can feel good about serving this while your kids will be so excited about how fun it looks to eat. Use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips to create the smiling face and you have a breakfast that is sure to be a hit!
Reindeer Pancake Recipe
If your family wants more variety than the Santa pancakes, try adding this fun reindeer pancake recipe into the mix. Just shape your batter into a reindeer face, add blueberries, banana, and strawberries to create the face and dust with powdered sugar for the ‘snowy’ winter effect. Who wouldn’t want to eat a Rudolph pancake for breakfast on Christmas morning?
If you want to step up your oatmeal game even more, try making this adorable breakfast penguin. Place the oatmeal onto the middle of the plate to create the body of the penguin. Then shape the remainder of the body out of fresh blueberries. Use orange slices and strawberries to finish off your design and you will have one excited little snowman (or snowlady) to feed!