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Kid Approved Healthy Desserts

What’s better than eating something sweet? Eating something sweet that you made yourself!

Tasty Treats Play Tips

There are many benefits to making your own dessert together as a family:

  • Quality time - cooking together is a wonderful way to bond with your child. While occupied with the task at hand, it gives you an opportunity to share stories, listen to their observations, and have meaningful conversations. 

  • Cooking is a form for Cooperative Play, in which two individuals play together towards a shared goal. You and your child are socializing and communicating, working to create something, solve a problem, or complete a task. 

  • Health benefits - making your own dessert allows you to control what goes in them! You can choose the ingredients, limit ones that may be harmful or avoid them altogether, and make adjustments based on  dietary needs. 

  • Math skills - working on a recipe gives children a great opportunity to practice their math skills, such as counting, converting units, dividing wholes into fractions, measuring volume, and identifying shapes. 

Take a peek below at our healthy (but fun!) recipe ideas that you can create right at home with your little learner!

Recipe 1: Natural Fruit Rolls

You’ll need:

  • Food Processor or Blender 
  • Medium Size Saucepan 
  • Large Baking Sheet 
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients:

  • 8 Oz fresh berries 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1-3 Tbsp sugar (optional) 

Steps:

  1. Place berries in a food processor/blender and puree until completely smooth.

  2. Transfer the puree into a saucepan and add the lemon juice and sugar (if using). 

  3. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often, until it thickens. 

  4. Preheat your oven to low heat (170℉-190℉).

  5. Pour the mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Spread into a thin even layer.  

  6. Bake until center is set, approximately 4 hours.

  7. Let cool down, then cut with scissors into 2” strips and roll. 

  8. Store in a sealed container.     

 

Recipe #2: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Sandwich

You’ll need:

  • Food Processor or Blender 
  • Freezer Safe Bag/Container
  • Freezer Safe Pan
  • Parchment Paper

 Ingredients:

  • 7 Ripe Bananas 
  • 8 Oz Sweet Crackers 
  • Chocolate Chips (optional) 

Steps:

  1. Peel and slice the bananas, place in a freezer-safe bag or container in a single layer. Allow to freeze overnight, or at least for a couple of hours until it hardens.

  2. Place frozen bananas in a food processor and process until it reaches smooth and creamy consistency. 

  3. Mix in chocolate chips or any other add ins such as berries, nut-butter, etc. (optional).

  4. Transfer mixture into freezer-safe pan lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer, as thick as you want you snaswich to be. 

  5. Place back in the freezer for at least another hour until it refreezes. 

  6. Remove from freezer and cut into pieces that are the same size as your crackers.

  7. Place each piece between two crackers.

  8. Store in the freezer with pieces separated by parchment paper.           

Recipe #3: Energy Truffles  

You’ll need:

  • Food Processor 
  • Cookie Scoop (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Pitted Dates (Ideally Medjool, but any would do)
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Almonds*
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (optional)
  • Coconut Flakes (optional)  

Steps:

  1. Place dates, almonds* and cocoa powder (if using) in food processor. Process in pulses until combined. 

  2. Use scoop to take out even pieces and roll into balls. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can use a large measuring spoon. 

  3. Coat with coconut flakes or any other topping of your choice (optional).  

  4. Store in the fridge in a sealed container.  

* For allergy friendly option, almonds can be swapped for other crunchy ingredients, such as: sunflower seeds, rolled oats, or rice crispies.

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