15 Easy, Healthy Desserts to Make With Your Kids
Need to keep the kids occupied with easy kitchen projects? How about letting them help make some easy, healthy desserts? All of these top-rated recipes are simple enough that kids can lend a helping hand with the measuring, pouring, and stirring. And these treats will satisfy dessert cravings without being total sugar bombs. Plus, I'll give you ingredient swap tips for making other recipes a bit healthier.
Healthier Carrot Cake II
"I made this for my young boys and this cake was so good," says Nicole. "Perfect sweetness, perfect flavor."
Healthy Banana Cookies
"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!"
Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding
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!
Vanilla Berry Parfaits
"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 crackers in one layer and topped it off with honey bunches of oats. PERFECT summer dessert, and healthy at that!"
Banana Oat Bread Pudding
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!"
Chia Seed Pudding
"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!"
Healthier Best Brownies
"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."
Healthier No Bake Cookies I
"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!"
Banana and Peanut Butter 4-Ingredient 'Ice Cream'
"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!"
You just need three ingredients to make these refreshing, sour-sweet pops.
Baked Cinnamon Apples
"It does not get more comforting than this! My grandma baked this all the time when I was little, and I've been craving it ever since — until I found this recipe," Amber Taylor says.
ABC Pudding - Avocado, Banana, Chocolate Delight
"My kids really liked this recipe. I waited until they were completely done to tell one of the kids, they were eating avocados, seeing as they don't like them," Melissa Goff says. "Easy peasy, nice and healthy!"
Warm Berry Compote
"Cook frozen berries with orange juice in your slow cooker for a yummy dessert by itself or over ice cream," recipe creator cupcakeproject says.
Healthier Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Replacing some of the butter with applesauce adds natural sweetness and cuts some of the fat. "Love them. Not your typical greasy cookie," Cortney Gilliam says.