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Kid-friendly Valentine’s Day recipes

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Fun Valentine's Day food the kids will love

It will be love at first sight when you surprise the kids with these fun Valentine's Day treats and eats.

Mini doughnut towers

Mini donut towers |

Photo credit: The Vanilla Tulip

Surprise the kids after school with a tower of love — stacked mini doughnuts, complete with a striped paper straw and washi tape flag. Don't forget a side of strawberries!

Sweet stack

Seet stack |

Photo credit: Fräulein Klein

Fluffy waffles look extra sweet stacked on a mini pedestal cake stand and topped with fresh whipped cream and berries. Buy a heart waffle maker and profess your love with waffles all year long.

Strawberry smoothies

Strawberry smoothies |

Photo credit: Project Nursery

Skip the food coloring and "pink" your drink the old-fashioned way — with strawberries. This strawberry almond smoothie recipe would be perfect for a Valentine's Day breakfast.

Heart pancakes

Heart pancakes |

Photo credit: A Pretty Cool Life

Nothing says love like heart-shaped pancakes. Don't have a heart-shaped pancake mold? No problem. Check out this tutorial on how to make DIY aluminum foil molds for your heart cakes.

Quick Tip:

Gluten-free? Try Love Grain Pancake + Waffle Mix, made with teff, an ancient grain with a mild nutty flavor that's rich in calcium, protein and fiber.

Red beet and
white bean hummus

Red beet and white bean hummus |

Photo credit: Weelicious

Smooth and creamy, this hummus dip gets its brilliant color from a roasted beet. Serve with pita chips and veggies and watch the kids gobble it up.

Sweet potato
cheddar heart crackers

Sweet potato cheddar heart crackers |

Photo credit: School Bites

These healthy crackers get their orange color from extra-sharp cheddar and sweet potato purée.

milk ice cubes

Strawberry milk ice cubes |

Photo credit: KidZui

These adorable pink hearts are made by freezing strawberry milk in a heart-shaped ice cube mold. Ikea, here we come.

Conversation heart

Conversation heart sandwiches |

Photo credit: BentOnBetterLunches

Use cookie cutters and toothpick flags to turn a ho-hum ham and cheese sandwich into something special. This one was made with a FunBites hearts cutter.

Valentine fruit leather

Valentine fruit leather |

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They're red. They're sweet. They're fun to eat. We can't think of a kid who wouldn't want to open his lunch box to find homemade strawberry-peach fruit leather. The ingredients? Fruit and agave nectar — that's it.

Puppy love hot dog hearts

Puppy love hot dog hearts |

Photo credit: Spoonful

Play Cupid and serve your valentines a fun little hot dog heart. Simply cut the ends from a hot dog on the diagonal, spear with a piece of uncooked linguini and add cheese bits to form the ends of an arrow.

Valentine's Day pizza

Valentine's Day pizza |

Photo credit: One Charming Party

Add a little love to your store-bought pie with heart-shaped pepperoni. Pick up a package of sliced pepperoni and use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Top the pizza with "meat hearts" before baking.

Heart fruit salad

Heart fruit salad |

Photo credit: Celebrate the Big & Small

Use two sizes of cookie cutters to stamp out watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple fruit hearts. Serve with toothpicks and individual yogurt or chocolate dips for a fun snack or dessert.

Valentine family fondue

Valentine family fondue |

Photo credit: Food is Like Art

If your kids like to dip, they'll love celebrating Valentine's Day with a family fondue night. Start off with cheese fondue served with a variety of meats, veggies and ravioli. Follow up with chocolate-dipped fruits, nuts and sweet treats.

Sweet heart krispie treats

Sweet heart krispie treats |

Photo credit: Spoonful

Heart cookie cutters and a touch of food coloring turn Rice Krispies and marshmallows into an extra-special Valentine's Day treat.

More Valentine's Day fun

Festive foods for Valentine's Day
Romantic dishes to make at home
Why food matters on Valentine's Day

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