There’s a reason flour was one of the first things to fly from the shelves when Governor Brown issued a stay at home order: baking can be a way to relax — and a way to feel control over your life, even if just for a little bit. Plus you’ve got something tasty to eat when you’re done. So whether you are a seasoned baker or newbie, these recipes are easy enough for you to make with your kids.

Breakfast muffins Frozen blueberries, slightly mushy bananas, chocolate chips — use what you’ve got on hand as a mix-in for this versatile muffin recipe from Portland-based kids’ subscription box Little Sous.

Chill chocolate pie Technically this is a no-bake recipe. And while it sounds decadent, silken tofu and almond milk make it healthy — and vegan. 

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Soft pretzels The tricky part of this recipe is when you shape the pretzels. Pro tip: After you twist the ends bring them up on top of the U shape. My kids also had fun doing different shapes like a figure eight and a penguin. And kosher salt works as a sub for pretzel salt on top.

Disney churros and Dole Whip Did you have a Disney trip that got canceled? Recreate a little of the Disney magic at home with these recipes. A grown-up will need to do the frying, but rolling the churros in cinnamon sugar is the perfect kid job!

Gluten-free pigs in a blanket You can still bake if you are avoiding gluten! Locally owned Bob’s Red Mill has a ton of gluten-free recipes on their website. This one is especially fun for kiddos. 

Carrot quick bread Get the goodness of carrot cake with less fuss with this quick bread that bakes in a loaf pan. Plus it’s topped with cream-cheese frosting!

Focaccia So easy, kids can practically make this herbed bread by themselves! Pro tip: Swap in fresh herbs from your garden for the Italian seasoning.

Texas sheet cake Both the cake and icing are simple to do in this lighted-up version of a rich classic.

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