*Cover image - Cinnamon Apple Crumble courtesy of Sharon Palmer
Do you avoid giving your kids too much sugar?
Me too. But it can be a real challenge. With my daughter, it is so much fun to let her try new foods, and, of course, she loves anything sweet that we give her.
In my house, it’s all about balance. Desserts and sweet treats are not considered “junk food” or “bad for you” or even “unhealthy”. They can be a part of a healthy diet for kids and adults.
We’re trying to teach my daughter to enjoy all kinds of foods, and to find balance between regular, every-day foods and fun foods like desserts.
In general, we try to follow these guiding principles when it comes to desserts:
Homemade desserts are always better than store bought
Try to use less sugar whenever possible
Add fruit, healthy fats, and fiber to boost nutrition
23 low sugar desserts your family will love
I’ve compiled an amazing list for you of desserts that are less sweet, but just as fun. Some of the best dietitians and food bloggers have contributed their recipes showing how you can make a delicious dessert for your family while using less sugar.
I hope you love making all of these recipes for your family! If you have any others to share, please add them to the comments and I’ll be sure to update the list!
Cookies, Cakes & Brownies
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondie Bar - Jennifer Hunt
Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Bars - Edwina Clark
Vegan Rainbow Cake Pops | Gluten Free Healthy Treats for Kids - Abbey’s Kitchen
Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies - A Pinch of Crazy
3-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan) - Melanie Cooks
Amazing Berry Cheesecake Surprisingly Made With No Added Sugar - Hearth & Vine
Ice Cream & Nice Cream
Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” - Elizabeth Ward
Mango Coconut Soft Serve - Liz’s Healthy Table
Chocolate banana nice cream - Cadry’s Kitchen
Cinnamon Apple Crumble (Vegan, Gluten-Free) - Sharon Palmer
Baked Banana - Healthy Little Foodies
Pan Fried Bananas - Sugar Free + Gluten Free - The Honour System
Grilled Pineapple - Healthy Little Foodies
Other Sweet Treats
Easy Tart Cherry Gummies - Amanda Hernandez
How to Make Whipped Greek Yogurt (and Why You'd Want To) - Project Meal Plan