Being a health nut is in vogue, but your kids might not share your enthusiasm for crunchy greens and – ugh, quinoa! It’s especially hard when their friends are out there enjoying desserts like sweet tarts, ice cream, and chocolate. Don’t worry, your kids don’t have to miss out on the fun stuff. Here are 10 healthy kids’ desserts that they can make with you to satisfy their sweet tooth!
1. Healthy Fruit Desserts
The easiest way to get a sweet tooth to eat healthily is by coaxing them to eat fruits, because they’re already sweet! Here are some creative fruit-based dessert recipes your kids can help you make.
Let’s have pizza night! Slice a watermelon into 1-inch rounds and slather on some plain Greek yogurt. Garnish on top with sliced strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, or whatever fruits you might have on hand. Cut into traditional triangular slices and enjoy! Get the full recipe here!
Go nuts over these apple donuts! Slice the apples about three-quarters of an inch thick, then pop a hole in the centre. Spread cream cheese over the apples for frosting. You can mix in some food colouring to make it more fun! Drizzle with candy sprinkles and honey to sweeten the donuts. Get the full recipe here!
Because you can form a plethora of shapes out of them, these fruit tarts are great desserts for various occasions! The chewy crust is made of almond butter, honey, and oatmeal. Place a dollop of Greek yogurt onto the crust and decorate with a variety of chopped and diced fruits and berries. Get the full recipe here!
Apple Fruit Baskets
These apple fruit baskets are grab-and-go favorites. Hollow out the apples, leaving a wall about a quarter-inch thick, and cut out notches to insert the basket handles into. Insert pieces of licorice into the notches to serve as the handles. Fill the basket with diced fruits like berries, pineapple, and even the insides of the apples that you removed. Get the full recipe here!
2. Healthy Ice Cream Desserts
No kid should be deprived of ice cream, no matter how healthy their upbringing! Whip up these vegan, lactose-free, and sugar-free alternatives to regular ice cream to keep your kids healthy and cool.
Fruit Salad Ice Pops
Sucking on ice pops is heavenly in the hot summer weather. Slice your fruits – this recipe uses blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and kiwis – into half-inch pieces. Fill the ice pop molds with the sliced fruit, then pour white grape juice into the mold to cover the fruit entirely. Add popsicle sticks, then freeze for up to 6 hours until solid. These ice pops will keep your dessert needs covered for up to a couple of weeks! Get the full recipe here!
Homemade Peach Sorbet
This fuss-free peach sorbet is naturally sweet and won’t require an ice cream maker. Slice then freeze the peaches. Feel free to leave the skin on the peaches for added fibre. Once cold and firm, mix the peaches, lemon juice, honey, and a little water in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Freeze for up to four hours to achieve that firm ice cream texture! Get the full recipe here!
S’mores Banana Ice Cream
S’mores and banana ice cream are a perfect combination – with bonus points for being healthy! Slice and freeze the bananas for up to two hours. Blend the frozen bananas until smooth, then add crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Add more of the same toppings as garnishing. Get the full recipe here!
3. Healthy Chocolate Desserts
Last but not the least, here are two classic chocolate desserts—with a healthy twist!
Healthy Chocolate Mint Mousse
Mousse that’s gluten, egg, and dairy-free, and doesn’t taste like it’s made of fruit at all? You better believe it. This smooth mousse is made of blended avocados, bananas, dark chocolate chips, unsweetened cocoa powder, plant-based milk, and peppermint extract. You can add in a bit of maple syrup or honey to sweeten the mixture. Transfer into small serving cups and refrigerate for up to six hours. Serve chilled and garnished with mint leaves on top! Get the full recipe here!
Healthy Peanut Butter Quinoa Chocolate Truffles
These quinoa-based truffles are chock-full of protein and fibre, and add a crunchy texture to a favourite chocolate treat. Puff the quinoa (be careful not to burn it!) and set aside. Melt and mix the cocoa powder, cocoa butter, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Add the puffed quinoa. Pour the mixture into your molds, then pop into the freezer. The truffles harden quickly but also melt quickly, so eat them fast! Get the full recipe here!