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 dessert options for your children.

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Fruit Kabobs

Enlist your children’s help in creating this colorful 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. Eat 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!

Bananas and Peanut Butter

Cut slices of bananas and put two together like a sandwich with peanut butter and honey between the slices. Freeze some for later.

Yogurt Fruit Drops

Simply mix together one cup of your favorite plain Greek-style yogurt and one tablespoon of jam. Put the mixture into a zip-top plastic bag, snip a corner, and squeeze large drops onto a foil topped cookie sheet. 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.

Frozen Fruit Pops

Cool and refreshing, try one of these three frozen fruit pops not only for dessert, but whenever your kids want something sweet and you want to keep them healthy. Pour the mixtures into pop molds or small paper cups with sticks inserted in the middle. Refrigerate your fruit or pudding pops for at least three hours.

Yogurt Bars

Blend one cup plain or flavored yogurt, one cup mixed summer fruit such as seasonal berries, peaches, or plums), and one tablespoon honey.

Ice Pops

Blend one cup of 100% fruit juice and one cup of crushed fruit for a thirst quenching pop.

Pudding Pops

Make your own pudding using low fat or skim milk. Pour the pudding into a blender, add your favorite fruit, and blend. Two great combinations are blueberries with vanilla pudding and bananas with chocolate pudding.

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.

Quick and Simple Healthy Dessert Options

One thing awesome about healthy dessert options is how simple they are to make. You will love how quickly you can whip up the following desserts and your children will love the taste.

  • Fruit Smoothies

Combine 1 cup apple juice and ½ cup of fresh fruit for each child in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in an attractive glass and garnish with a mint leaf or sprinkle with cinnamon.

  • Angel Food Cake with Fresh Fruit

Made with egg whites and no butter, angel food cake is a healthy dessert option. Top with sliced fresh fruit and a dollop of low fat vanilla yogurt.

  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

Simply layer chopped fresh fruit and plain or vanilla low fat yogurt in attractive parfait glasses for a colorful dessert that appears elegant.

  • Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Spread softened low-fat ice cream in whatever flavor you prefer between graham crackers and freeze.

  • 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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