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Let’s face it. We all love dessert. Nothing finishes off a meal better than something sweet and yummy. However, if we are not careful, we sabotage our efforts to provide a healthy diet for our children by giving them dessert high in sugar and fat. It is possible to make healthier choices if you try one of these healthy kids desert ideas.

  1. Fruit Kebabs

Enlist your children’s help in creating this colourful dessert option that is fun to make and eat. Slice or dice large fruits such as pineapple, peaches, and bananas. Thread them on skewers with whole grapes and berries. You can then either eat them plain or with one of the following dips.

Yogurt Honey Dip

  • 2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients together. Chill before serving.

Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip

  • One 6 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together. Also, good eaten by itself!

  1. Yogurt Fruit Drops

Simply mix together one cup of your favourite plain Greek-style yogurt and one tablespoon of jam or fruit puree. Put the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag, snip a corner, and squeeze large drops onto a foil topped cookie sheet or use an ice cube tray. Put in the freezer for at least an hour. These are so yummy you may wish to double the recipe. Serve alone or mix with your choice of fruit cut into chunks.

  1. Fruit Pops and Pudding Pops

Cool and refreshing, try one of these frozen pops not only for dessert, but whenever your kids want something sweet and you want to keep them healthy. Make your own pudding using low fat or skim milk. Pour the pudding into a blender, add your favourite fruit, and blend. Two great combinations are blueberries with vanilla pudding and bananas with chocolate pudding.

Pour the mixtures into pop moulds or small paper cups with sticks inserted in the middle. Refrigerate your fruit or pudding pops for at least three hours.

  1. Fruit Crisp

Use any pie-suitable fruit for this delicious dessert option that is low in sugar.

Ingredients

  • 10 cups sliced fresh fruit
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first four ingredients and put into a 9×13 inch casserole dish or cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Combine the rest of the ingredients and crumble on top of the fruit. Bake in 350-degree oven for 30 minutes until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown.

  1. Chocolate Dipped Fruit

Place chopped bananas and apples and whole strawberries on a platter. Provide a bowl of chocolate dipping sauce and small skewers or toothpicks for spearing the fruit. If you wish, provide bowls of chopped nuts or shredded coconut for an added treat.

Desserts do not have to be loaded with sugar to be delicious. Try these healthy dessert options for your children and feel good about providing something they will enjoy.

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