There are many perks of being an adult. But let’s be honest, being a kid is hard to beat. Recess, sleepovers, pizza Fridays, homework-free weekends… if only we could push rewind and kiss those bills buh-bye. Fortunately, there are many ways to bring the best of childhood to adulthood, especially when it comes to food.
Gummy bears are awesome, but wine gummy bears are where it’s at. And while mac and cheese from a box is certainly delightful, homemade mac and cheese with truffles is a million times better. So before you go yearning for the years of summer camp, give these recipes a go. They’re really and truly the best of both worlds.
grilled cheese couldn’t get any better, it joins forces with pizza to make all our comfort food dreams come true. First, the bread is coated with roasted garlic mascarpone and herbs, then it’s topped with a three-cheese blend (provolone, mozzarella, and Parmesan), pressed together, and melted with love. Say cheese!
gluten and myriad ingredients we can’t pronounce.) Nutritional yeast gives the chickpeas a potent cheesy flavor, and cayenne adds a subtle kick and touch of classic Cheez-It color. We can’t wait for the white cheddar version.
chicken tastes good at all ages. The secret to the perfect crunch in this recipe is the combination of panko and Parmesan cheese. The chopping, mixing, coating, and baking may sound like a lot of steps, but they take only 20 minutes to make from start to finish—and that includes whipping up the spicy ketchup, which is arguably the best part.
pancakes and waffles? What about banana and chocolate chips? We say don’t choose. You’re an adult, and you deserve it all. These healthy waffles are made with whole-wheat flour, spices, a touch of sugar, mashed banana, dark chocolate chips, and protein-rich eggs. We love using almond milk instead of dairy milk and coconut oil in place of the butter.
mac and cheese. Mini gnocchi stand in for classic elbows, and cheddar and Swiss cheese combine for the ultimate sauce. We’ll never stop loving boxed mac and cheese, but there are few things better than the crispy topping you get from baking (and making!) it yourself.
Chips don’t have the healthiest reputation. But when you make them yourself, you can control exactly what goes in them—and on them. This recipe sticks to the basics: thinly sliced potato and some oil (we like olive). Simply bake and top with cooked garlic, thyme, and Parmesan. The result is a much healthier and more satisfying snack than store-bought.
you do for a Klondike bar? Sure, you could run to the store and grab one. (Oh, the effort!) But why do that when you can make a batch at home? This recipe uses homemade banana “ice cream” (it’s dairy-free and super simple to make) with almond butter swirls and a healthy dark chocolate shell whose sweetness comes from pure maple syrup. Next time someone asks what you’d do for Klondike bar, tell them you’ll make it yourself.
oatmeal. We love crunchy peanut butter and raspberry jam, or almond butter and blackberry or blueberry jam, but it tastes great with just about any combo.
Whole30 approved, and Paleo friendly. The recipe calls for only six ingredients and is ready to eat in under an hour—most of which is baking time. They’re a great snack for you or an excellent way to trick youngins into eating veggies.
cereal memories shouldn’t be revisited. Yep, we’re talking about cereal milk. Instead of soaking Frosted Flakes, this recipe uses heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk to mimic the flavor. The ice cream is mixed and topped with cornflakes to stay true to its cereal name, and let us tell you: It’s everything (except healthyish, so make this when you want to treat yourself).
chocolate milk is still totally awesome. And this recipe makes it healthy too. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk is blended with raw cashews, cacao and maca powders, dates, cinnamon, and ginger to create a thick, rich, dairy-free milk that is super satisfying. We got milk.
Sriracha, thinly sliced cucumber, do chua (pickled carrots and daikon), cilantro, jalapeños, and a touch of mayo. Mustard and ketchup are so last season.
this is what popping champagne is all about. Make these refreshing pops by mixing extra dry brut champagne (#classy) with grapefruit juice, grapefruit vodka, and all-natural sweetener. They’re so delicious, you’ll want to slurp up the whole batch. But since we’re adults and oh so mature, try to stick to one.
Wine in a glass is excellent. But wine gummy bears are quite possibly the best thing to happen to adulthood. Stick to fruity undertones and steer clear of full-bodied varieties, as they can be a bit overpowering in bear form. We also love using orange wine. Taste the (vino) rainbow.