10 Easy, Healthy Desserts to Make With Your Kids
Whip up some healthy treats with your little sweeties.
All of these top-rated recipes are simple enough that kids can lend a helping hand with measuring, pouring, and stirring. And they’ll satisfy those dessert cravings without being total sugar bombs. Plus, get ingredient swap tips for making other recipes a bit healthier.
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Easy Tips to Make Desserts Healthier
There are many recipes to choose from that are healthy as written, but there are also very simple ways to make "regular" recipes a little healthier. Here are just a few strategies:
Sugar: For many recipes, you can easily cut the sugar by one-third without altering the consistency. You can also swap out granulated sugar with coconut sugar, dates, honey, maple syrup, or stevia. Check out Sneaky Swaps for Guilt-Free Baking to get more information about the benefits of each, and how to use them in a recipe.
Flour: Swapping out all or some of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with a whole grain flour is a great way to make something healthier. A handful to consider are barley flour, oat flour, rye flour, spelt flour, and whole wheat pastry flour.
Dairy: Simply want to reduce the amount of fat in a recipe? Use a milk that's lower in fat, Though, be aware that the thickness of the recipe could depend on, say, half-and-half — in that case, maybe swap out half the amount with whole milk.
If you'd like to eliminate dairy altogether, there are many types of plant-based milks that can easily be swapped for dairy milk. Some popular ones are soy, hemp, oat, coconut, and almond milk — and generally speaking, it really doesn't matter which one you use. It's mostly a matter of personal taste. How to Make and Use Plant-Based Milks will give you a little bit more info if you'd like to be sure you're choosing the right one for the recipe you're making.
Butter: If you're simply trying to avoid dairy, there are many types of plant-based butters available that resemble dairy butter, and can be easily used in place of it. If you're trying to reduce the amount of fat in a recipe, you can use an equal amount of applesauce in place of the butter.
Eggs: If you're following a vegan diet, you can use either one ripe mashed banana or one tablespoon of applesauce for one egg. Aquafaba — the water from a can of chickpeas — is also a great egg substitute.
10 Healthier Kid-Friendly Desserts
"I made this for my young boys and this cake was so good," says nicole. "Perfect sweetness, perfect flavor."
"My children love these cookies!" says LHOKANSS. "I have made them with other dried fruits, chopped apples, even mini chocolate chips! I've also baked them in a bar pan for quick soft granola bars. Use parchment paper or grease pan — the banana caramelizes leaving a sticky residue. This is my favorite kid snack recipe!"
Perfect for little ones who can't do dairy like Shelly K's daughter. "This pudding was excellent," she says. "My daughter is allergic to dairy products, and this made a very tasty treat. Although, I ate most of it myself. Thanks so much!" So, also perfect for moms who love chocolate stuff!
"DELISH," raves nrsejessica, who added her own personal flair to the recipe: "I used fresh strawberries and blueberries in the fruit layer. Then I used a combination of graham cracker in one layer and topped it off with honey bunches of oats. PERFECT summer dessert, and healthy at that!"
This recipe has become "a staple dessert" in LLLMOM's home, with a slight twist: "I add a sprinkling of chocolate chips to the top. My family LOVES this, and it's so EASY!"
This recipe puts a little raspberry twist on the traditional apple crisp, with delicious results. "This was absolutely delicious," says messycook27. "The raspberries added a little tart to the sweet apples! Will make again!"
"I loved it," says Cow Pasture Chick. "What a great way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet! And putting it overnight in the refrigerator gave it a nice consistency. Will definitely fix this again!"
"These were the best and healthiest brownies I've ever had," says sihunny. And here's a tip to make them even healthier: "I replaced the half cup of sugar with five tablespoons of honey and it turned out GREAT! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I will make it again and again."
"I made these cookies last week and everyone loved them," tb74usa raves. "They reminded me of the ones my mom would make me as a kid, but with less sugar (which I have been trying to cut back on). I will definitely make these again!"
"I love this recipe because I don't have an ice cream maker at home so it's usually hard to find such a good recipe like this one," says Emma:). "This satisfies my sweet tooth, and it's healthy!"
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