10 Health(ier) Homemade Treats for KidsEmily McClements
If your toddler is anything like mine, they could eat dessert morning, noon and night. I am thankful that my son is a good eater, not picky at all, but he definitely also has a sweet tooth.
Sometimes the first thing he asks for when he wakes up in the morning is candy, or cookies. Yeah, right! And then he gets upset when I say no!
We don’t eat a lot of dessert in our house. Mostly because I don’t have time to make dessert on top of three other meals a day. But, we definitely do enjoy sweet treats and recently I’ve been on the search for treats and dessert I can feed my family without feeling (so) guilty.
These sweet treats are healthier than most traditional desserts, with whole grains, unrefined sweeteners, and even a few surprise ingredients (beans!), so you can feel good about serving them to your family too.
Also, there are many families out there that deal with food allergies or food intolerance in their kiddos, and it can be hard to find yummy treats and desserts that fit their dietary requirements. Many of these recipes are gluten and dairy free too.
And yes, most of these do contain chocolate. Because really, isn’t that what defines a sweet treat? (And maybe also because I’m seven months pregnant!)
Here are 10 Health(ier) Desserts for Your Family:
Healthy Grain-Free Brownies 1 of 10Yep, you read that right, healthy and grain-free brownies. These have a secret ingredient of black beans, combined with coconut oil and honey make for a healthy and delicious treat.
Healthy Grain-Free Brownies
Chocolate Coconut Cups 2 of 10These little treats are like a homemade Mounds or Almond Joy and includes a delicious amount of super healthy coconut oil. And a little bit of chocolate doesn't hurt either.
Chocolate Coconut Cups
Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies 3 of 10These cookies are gluten, egg and sugar-free! But they have a simple list of ingredients and are a delicious substitute for traditional chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are so healthy, you could even serve them for breakfast. Wouldn't your toddler think you were the best mom on the block, if you let them eat cookies for breakfast!
Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Healthy Fruit Pizza 4 of 10With a whole wheat homemade crust this is a healthier, but still delicious, version of the traditional cookie crust fruit pizza. Your kids won't even know the difference!
Healthy Fruit Pizza
Chocolate Zucchini Cake 5 of 10This chocolate cake sneaks in some veggies with 2 cups of shredded zucchini. But your kids don't have to know that, do they?
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream 6 of 10Frozen Banana "Ice Cream" is one of my all-time favorite treats because it's so simple and so tricky, because there's no added sugar, but it's still so delicious. There are lots of different things you can add to your frozen banana, but chocolate banana is a classic, of course. It's also great because it's dairy and gluten-free.
Chocolate Banana "Ice Cream"
Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin 7 of 10These muffins are so decadent, but use applesauce instead of oil, have yogurt in them, and use oats instead of flour. Yum!
Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin
White Bean Vanilla Cake 8 of 10As you can tell from the title, this cake is made with beans and not flour, and is also refined sugar-free! A perfect healthy option for a birthday cake, or really whenever the mood for cake strikes - which for my kids would be practically every day.
White Bean Vanilla Cake
Frozen Banana Bites 9 of 10These tasty little bites are super simple to make, and a great alternative to cake pops for kids! I think these will become a favorite in our house this summer!
Frozen Banana Bites
Chocolate Mug Cake 10 of 10I've seen lots of recipes for Mug Cakes on blogs and Pinterest. This one requires some ingredients that you may not normally keep on hand, but it's a great gluten and dairy-free version of the traditional chocolate mug cake.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Mug Cake
What is your favorite healthy dessert or treat to serve your kids?