Dessert for kids is not always the icing on the, ahem, cake. Sometimes it is pure strategy.
By that I mean a vehicle for extra nutrition that’s delicious and won’t have them climbing the walls at bedtime.
Think chocolate and spinach smoothie, or raspberry chia pudding.
When it comes to new foods kids can be cautious. But throw in dates, banana and thicken with chia seeds and they’re proud to share their special pud with their friends.
Keeping dessert natural cuts down on unwanted sugars, dairy products, colours and other unpronounceable ingredients. Heaven knows bedtimes can be challenging enough without extra stimulants!
Here are a couple of family favourites for busy mums who want to give their kids a healthy alternative to what the supermarket has to offer.
Be sure to serve your new treats in fabulous dessert glasses. Secondhand shops are full of them.
TREAT TIP NUMBER ONE
Turn an after school smoothie into dessert.
Blend non dairy milk, a banana or two, a few leafy greens and a dessertspoon of cocoa/cacoa powder.
Serve with homework.
Pour the leftover into a dessert glass. Mix in 1 tsp chia seeds. Chill.
Serve with chopped fresh fruit, coconut, freeze dried fruit sprinkles.
TREAT TIP NUMBER TWO
When bananas are cheap, buy lots and freeze them. A frozen banana blended makes a great icecream and base for other flavours.
Peach & banana blended with almond milk, 1 tsp ground flaxseed and a few cashews.
Mix n’ match fruit that’s in season and have fun with presentation.
TREAT TIP NUMBER THREE
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
File this one away for Christmas day. Grandma will have fun picking the ingredients!
1-2 large, ripe bananas
¼ cup raw cacao powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbl maple syrup
1 Tbl water
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
Pinch of chilli (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve in a pretty glass and top with berries.
TREAT TIP NUMBER FOUR
Don’t for a minute think these wee tarts are complicated. I’ve happily whipped them up around dinner time. They’ll be even better after a night in the fridge.
Makes about eight shells
1 cup oats
1 cup prunes (you can use dates but you’ll have to soak them)
¼ cup cranberries
Process oats. Add prunes and cranberries. Process until the mixture sticks together.
Press into lined tart tins or similar shape. The lining helps you get them out in one piece. Chill until you need them. Carefully peel back the lining.
Fill with blueberry cream, any of the above creams or simply blend frozen berries and banana. Have fun decorating!
1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup of coconut water or water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cardamom
TREAT TIP NUMBER FIVE
Peach Raspberry Crisp
5-6 peaches, sliced
Drizzle of maple syrup (apple syrup)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup rolled oats
½ tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 Tbl maple syrup (apple syrup)
1 Tbl water
Preheat oven to 180 C.
Bring the peaches & a little water to boil and simmer until tender ~10 minutes. Remove from heat and drizzle with a little maple/apple syrup to taste. Transfer to a ovenproof dish. Mix in the raspberries.
Combine oats, cinnamon, maple syrup & water together. Sprinkle on top of fruit and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with coconut yoghurt.
TREAT TIP NUMBER SIX
This comes into the category of parental self care!
Reserve for special occasions. The blueberry sauce however can go on anything.
11/4 cups coconut meat
½ cup macadamia nuts
1½ Tbl coconut sugar/agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend until smooth.
1 cup blueberries
¼ cup maple syrup,
In a small pot heat all the ingredients just until the berries are hot enough to start bursting. Allow to cool before spooning on top of coconut cream. Garnish with a few fresh berries and mint.
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