Whether it’s for enjoying a reward after finishing a dish they don’t particularly like or just being able to enjoy something sweet and light to the stomach, kids are almost always looking forward to fun desserts. In fact, you can even say the same thing for most adults, who wouldn’t turn down a good dessert after a filling meal.
However, you have to keep in mind that desserts aren’t just about having something sweet and easy to eat. Dessert time is supposed to be fun time or it could be just another tedious part of a meal. Sure, it’s easy to just give kids a scoop or two of ice cream but you’d want real fun dessert treats that would leave kids (and even kids at heart) satisfied AND entertained.
- Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles are interesting in that they can be easily customized just by changing the type of chocolate. Kids who prefer sweeter blends will love truffles made with chocolate that have low cacao content, while others would love the classic bitter blends with chocolate containing high-cacao content. You can even create a mini-guessing game where kids have to pick between truffles of varying sweetness.
Make it Healthier – Dark chocolate has its share of health benefits, but you can make the recipe even healthier for you and the kids, especially for those with diabetes. Create your own chocolate recipe for your truffles using avocados, coconut oil, and cocoa powder as the base ingredients. You can further customize your self-made chocolate by using sugar-free syrup and powdered sugar substitutes to adjust the sweetness.
- Homemade Pop Tarts
Most kids enjoy eating good old pop tarts but the usual stuff available in stores are usually pumped full of preservatives. It’s a good thing that this classic dessert is easy to make, so nothing’s stopping you from making pop tarts specially designed for your kids. You can even have them participate by letting them choose their own preferred colors and toppings.
Make it Healthier – Making the dough for the pop tarts requires the fresh milk, but all is not lost for those with lactose intolerance. You can use almond milk as a substitute, which also has a bonus of reducing the amount of cholesterol in the dough. Also, like with the chocolate truffles, you can also opt to use erythritol, a popular substitute for powdered sugar, as a substitute for regular cane sugar.
- Apple Pie
Apple is a healthy fruit, but some kids would rather eat something more than just raw fruit. By making apple pie, these children still get to absorb the nutrients found in apples through a more presentable and fun dish. To make things even better, you can even encourage the kids to help out in the baking process, teaching them some cooking skills while they’re looking forward to this All-American dessert. Also, apple pie is filling enough to be served as a good breakfast or afternoon meal.
Make it Healthier – Almond flour or nuts can be used as a substitute for all-purpose flour. Doing this makes your apple pie’s crust rich in fiber and nutrients such as protein and vitamin E. You can also cut down on the calories by replacing the graham cracker crust with high-fiber cereal. You just need to crush the cereal into fine crumbs using a blender or a food processor.
- Oatmeal Cookies
Desserts can be very fun, and a huge part of that fun can come from the food making process. The process of making oatmeal cookies is simple enough that even kids can do it as long as there’s adult supervision. For extra fun, you can let them put their own twist on this awesome dessert by adding food coloring and add-ins like nuts or chocolate chips to the recipe.
Make it Healthier – When making the dough, consider adding a few slices of bananas into the mix. Bananas are rich in potassium and other vitamins, and the taste is mild enough that it won’t overpower the taste of the toppings. You can also add dark chocolate chips or raisins to add variety to increase each cookie’s nutritional value per serving.
- Frozen Yogurt Pops
Cold desserts are a kiddy favorite so it doesn’t take much for frozen yoghurt to be a popular option. This is especially true during the warmer months of the year, when kids get a longing for something to beat the heat. Making frozen yoghurt ice pops makes it easier to enjoy the yoghurt without the need for a spoon and a cup so kids can take it anywhere without any problem.
Make it Healthier – Who said fun, frozen desserts can’t be healthy? You can use a food processor to mix fruit such as mango, banana, and cherry before freezing the yogurt to create different-flavored yogurt ice pops but more importantly, each ingredient you add to the mix also adds helpful vitamins and minerals to the recipe. Also, different ingredients create different colors and textures, which kids will find fun!
Cupcakes are considered one of the most common dessert treats, but it can also be one of the most personalized ones. Want something colorful for the kids? Add candy sprinkles as toppings. Something that needs more chocolate? Add chocolate chips in the recipe. How about a little more flair to its look? Top the cupcakes with whipped cream and then add more toppings of your choice. Unlimited options mean unlimited fun for the kids!
When it comes to creativity, few deserts come close to what you can do with cupcakes. Cupcakes look good in almost any color, can be sprinkled with candy sprinkles, nuts, or even topped with frosting, and they can have different fillings. Kids love cupcakes and its many forms, and like apple pie, they can also serve as standalone snacks.
Make it Healthier – A great way to cut down on the calorie content of your cupcakes is to substitute part of the oil and butter with applesauce or marmalade when making the batter. You can also add shredded carrots, apple, or a variety of nuts to the batter to further enhance the recipe’s texture, moisture, and nutritional value.
Kids want fun in many things, including the food they enjoy. For kids, dessert isn’t just about having something sweet to nibble on after every meal – it’s also about having a great time as they finish their meal.