The Ultimate Guide to the healthy desserts for kids that we all need!
Can you relate to our, parents, constant struggle of making healthier food choices for our children? I have it all the time! When we come to the restaurants, there is a big variety of nice dishes that we, adults, can choose from, but then you hit KIDS MENU: PIZZA, FISH AND CHIPS, FRIES, CHICKEN NUGGETS… you name it! All unhealthy dishes are carefully gathered under the KIDS MENU!
Then we come to Fridays – a celebration of the end of the week- filled with candies, ice-creams, and soda! I am a mother of two children, who are so happy for sugar and fast food. I always on the loop of finding new recipes with healthy desserts for my kids, and myself! I am guilty as well with my big love for chocolate cakes, brownies, the list can go on and on…
Today, I want to share with you links to the healthy dessert recipes that I found, tested by my basic level cooking skills and we all loved it!
1. Chocolate muffins
My son´s, mine, and my friend’s favorite chocolate muffins. I never manage to save it for later or freeze as we eat them all very fast! It is also from my beloved Eat burn Sleep. I literarily make it every weekend: https://eatburnsleep.com/recipes/paleo-chocolate-muffins/
- 2 cups or 200g ground almonds
- 4 organic eggs
- 5.3 oz or 150g dark chocolate (70% min cocoa)
- 1 cup or 150g of maple syrup
- 1/3 cup or 70g coconut oil
- 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Cocoa nibs to decorate
- Preheat your oven to 175 degrees
- Mix eggs and ground almonds while melting coconut oil + chocolate in a pan.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, bicarbonate of soda, and arrowroot powder to the egg mix.
- Add the cooled down melted chocolate and coconut oil slowly, to avoid cooking the eggs.
- Pour the mix into a muffin tin lined with muffin paper cases (using either 2 tablespoons or an ice cream scooper), decorate with the cocoa nibs, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 175C.
- Enjoy and do give me feedback on this recipe!
- *if you are allergic to nuts or prefer not to use almond flour (ground almonds) for any other reason, you can replace it with quinoa flour. 200g or 2 cups of almond flour can be replaced with 120g or 2 cups of quinoa flour.
2. Vegan-paleo energy bars
My daughter’s and mine most favorite vegan-paleo energy bars from Eat Burn Sleep. It took me 15 min to make them by small blender (I did small portions and then mixed them all together). I put all pieces in the freezer in the food container with sandwich paper for easier access to small portions. You can eat it straight from the freezer -tastes even better! Good prepare in advance and serve when it is time for a dessert: https://eatburnsleep.com/recipes/paleo-energy-bars/
- 2 cup or 200g of whole cashews
- 1 cup or 100g of blanched almonds
- 22 to 30 Medjool dates pitted (more or less depending on the dates you use)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 5.3 oz or 150g of dairy-free dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup or 30g flaked almonds to decorate
- 1/3 cup or 30g of pistachio kernels to decorate (optional)
- Place the cashews, almonds, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 25 pitted dates in your food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a ball. I like to start with 20 dates and add a few until I reach that perfect consistency. If you put too many dates, the mixture will be too sticky and not form a ball.
- Line a dish with a sheet of baking paper. Slightly dip your fingers in a little bit of water and flatten the dough with your fingers (this will stop it from sticking). You can also roll it out using another sheet of baking paper on top and a rolling pin.
- Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, stirring gently. Once melted, let it cool down for a minute and pour over the dates and nuts mixture. Use a spatula to delicately spread it out evenly.
- Sprinkle flaked almonds to decorate and place in the fridge for around 45 min.
- Take it out of the tray with the baking paper. Place it on a flat surface and cut it into bars or squares.
- Put it back in the fridge to set for at least one hour. Leaving them overnight will make them even firmer.
3. Strawberries in chocolate
Strawberries in chocolate – easy and fun to make together with the kids! Be prepared for some smelted chocolate mess in the kitchen and on clothes, but hey… that is also part of having a fun time together with your family and creating memories:
- 200g or 7.05oz of dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 20 large strawberries
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
- Stir in the coconut oil and turn the heat off once the mix looks glossy.
- Line a tray with baking paper. Grab each strawberry by the stem and dip each side in the chocolate mix. Place on the tray and repeat with each strawberry.
- Place in the fridge until set (about one hour). Your chocolate strawberries are ready! Enjoy!
I hope you all will enjoy our favorite recipes guide! I plan to make Energy bars and banana muffins for this weekend! Can´t wait for this threat after no dessert’s week! Trust me, all of them are easy to make!
XoXo with love Anna, founder of Spoiled Me and mama of two beautiful kids