You know that look – when you serve a bowl of fruit and try to call it dessert. We’ve been there and want to share with you some tips for creating healthy desserts your entire family can get excited about. Healthy does not have to equal boring, but keeping desserts low in added sugar and high in nutrients can be challenging.
Here are some strategies for creating desserts that are flexible, easy, and healthy enough to be served as a daytime snack:
Strategy – Make ahead:
- Chia Puddings have good longevity in the refrigerator. Make at night before going to bed and enjoy for the next 3 days [if it lasts that long!] Our Strawberry Almond Chia Pudding is a meal plan favorite.
- Muffins/Brownies – Make a batch and freeze them to enjoy during the week. We love these Fudgy Black Bean Brownies, which can easily be made in mini muffin tins for smaller servings.
Strategy – Dip and spread:
- Yogurts are excellent for dipping firm fruits, just be sure to select low-sugar yogurt varieties, like our team favorite Siggi’s [most flavors have less than 10g of sugar.] Some pre-sweetened yogurt varieties can have as much as 28g of sugar [more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar!] so, be sure to read the labels.
- Try our Strawberry Mountains – dip fruit like strawberries in yogurt then sprinkle with dark chocolate chips, seeds, or nuts.
- Spread firm fruits or thin rice cakes with nut butter then sprinkle with toppings. Here’s a family favorite: Create “Apple Wheels” by slicing an apple horizontally into rings then remove pits with sharp knife. Spread with nut butter and top with dark chocolate chips, flax and/or coconut flakes. You can do the same with thin rice cakes.
Strategy – Freeze it: Who doesn’t love food on a stick! These homemade frozen treats are sure to please and are super easy to make.
- Dipped fruit – These Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas are an excellent way to use bananas that are about to be past their prime.
- Pops – Try using these handy silicon molds to make squeeze up pops from leftover smoothies.
Strategy – Whip it:
- Place frozen fruit on the counter for 10 minutes then add to your food processor or blender and pulse until smooth like soft-serve ice cream. Stir in nuts or dark chocolate chips if desired. Great combinations include raspberry chocolate, banana peanut butter, and banana maple walnut.