It’s tough being a parent.
It can seem like there’s a never ending list of things to do to raise children in the best way possible.
Find a good school, organise playdates, get them involved in sports, don’t let them spend too much time in front of the PlayStation and on it goes.
And then add in thinking about healthy eating and finding foods kids will love.
With all the contradictory information out there, it can seem like navigating a minefield at times.
Is coconut oil healthy or not?
How many vegetables should I actually be feeding kids?
Is the health food aisle actually healthy?
How do you get kids to actually want healthy food?
Do you lie to them and say there isn’t any zucchini in there?
Should we pretend that the mushrooms are olives?
Or do you just have healthy food and not stock anything else in the house?
And then once you finally get a handle on what is actually healthy, you realise there’s another minefield to navigate.
So how about we help you to create delicious desserts, yet also nutritious at the same time.
With that being said, here are three of our favourite healthy kids dessert recipes for you to use.
Chocolate avocado mousse
First off, let’s address the chocolate elephant in the room.
‘I thought chocolate was ‘bad’ for all of us.’
Most chocolate bars we buy are not the best for us because of the other ingredients in them, mainly the added sugars.
But Cacao (chocolate) is a true superfood.
It’s chock full of magnesium as well as healthy polyphenols and flavonoids which support the health of our circulatory system.
Secondly, it tastes great, we know that.
But how do we make it?
Easy, you just need to blend or mix the following ingredients together.
- 1 x ripe avocado
- 6 x tsp cacao powder
- 2 x tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- ¼ x tsp cinnamon
- A sprinkle of sea salt
Easy to make bliss balls
There’s a few reason these are called bliss balls.
- You can actually get your kids to help you make these
- They taste delicious
- They contain some fantastic, healthy ingredients
- While your kids are eating it, you won’t hear anything else in the house (bliss)
Here’s a sample Bliss Ball recipe for you to try when you're ready;
- 6 x pitted medjool dates
- 1 x tsp raw honey (or more to taste)
- 1 x tsp of grated orange zest (fresh or powdered)
- 4 x tablespoons nut butter of your choice
- ¼ cup nuts (smashed but chunky)
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- Melted coconut oil to reach the desired texture
Simply put all these ingredients in a food processor and start to mix them.
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A bowl and hands works fine too if you want, plus it’ll keep your kids preoccupied using this method too!
Roll into about ten balls from the mix and then set in the fridge in an airtight container ready for eating later.
If you need more Bliss Balls?
You just need to double or triple the recipe as needed.
These are both a great afternoon snack and a lunch box filler.
And remember, you can experiment with whatever ingredients you want to get the tasty dessert flavours you and the family will love!
Yoghurt and Wholefoods Bars
Most of us would have heard how important probiotics are for our health.
But have you heard about prebiotics?
These are the fibres that feed the good bacteria (probiotics) in our body.
Thankfully, our Wholefoods Bars come packed with some prebiotic ingredients that will nourish our bacteria.
Here's how to make a quick and healthy dessert that they'll like and you'll like too!
First, pick a healthy yoghurt (probiotics) as the base.
This no longer has to be dairy if your kids don’t tolerate it, there are plenty of non-dairy options nowadays like coconut.
Then crush up your favourite Wholefoods Bar and sprinkle it over the top.
If you want, you can add some extras like these below too.
- Chopped fruit
- Goji berries
- Raw honey
And as simple as that, you’re all done and have a simple healthy dessert!
Now it's up to you to create the ultimate kids dessert
First we want to acknowledge all the hard work that goes into raising the future adults of the world.
And hopefully we’ve made your job of keeping them healthy a little bit easier with this post.
But now it's up to you to sell it to them.
Pick foods you know they'll love from the start and also don't be afraid to get them involved in making these recipes either.
That's all part of the fun of it.
Oh, the toughest part of the process (from what we can tell) is you might have to try out a few of the recipes yourself to see if they're any good.
Any excuse is a good excuse to add a few more Wholefoods Bars into your day somewhere we say!
What’s your current favourite healthy dessert to feed your kids?
Will you be trying any of these recipes above or are they already part of your healthy eating plan?