Everybody loves sweet treats. Not Raymond.
That’s why your toddler broke into the freezer again.
Broke right through that child-proof lock and got into that pint of ice-cream you were saving for when they went to bed.
If this sounds like you, maybe we can curtail those cravings for sweet treats without sacrificing that pint of Cherry Garcia.
So today, I’m giving you 10 sweet treats for kids that you can make super easily!
Never fear - these recipes are healthy, toddler approved, and better yet - your entire family will love them!
1. Black Bean Brownies
You might as well sneak some protein into these sweet treats!
This recipe is relatively guilt-free - especially on those days when your kiddo has refused all other sources of protein.
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional. Omit at your own risk) optional: more chips for presentation, powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and powdered sugar if using in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
- Make sure everything is incorporated and mixed well.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into a greased (or lined) 8x8 pan.
- Top with chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Cook for ten minutes before cutting.
- If they aren’t firm enough for your liking, pop them in the drive overnight, and they’ll firm up.
2. Banana Cream Freeze
Who doesn’t love ice-cream?
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a healthier alternative? No Yo-nana required?!
Try out this banana-based “ice-cream”
- 5 medium bananas, peeled and frozen
- 1/3 cup milk of choice (even chocolate milk if you’re feeling adventurous)
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened finely shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (sunflower butter if you’re avoiding peanuts)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 3 tablespoons raisins
- Blend bananas, milk, coconut, peanut butter, and vanilla into a food processor and blitz thoroughly.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe container and stir in your walnuts and raisins.
- Freeze at 2-4 hours or overnight until firm.
3. Fruit Crisp with Yogurt
I love me a good crisp.
There’s something about warm fruit and granola that warms the soul.
It’s like pie, but you can feel better about it.
Bonus- this can be made in a mug - IN YOUR MICROWAVE!
- 3 cups fresh or frozen sliced peaches (thawed)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed)
- 4 tablespoons granola
- 2 cups frozen yogurt
- Divide the peaches and blueberries into 4 8oz ramekins or mugs.
- Top each with granola (add some caramel if you’re feeling extra sweet).
- Microwave, uncovered, on high until nice and bubbly- about 1-2 minutes.
- Top with a scoop of frozen yogurt.
4. Yogurt Fruit Dip
This three-ingredient dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Even for the pickiest little eaters.
- 1 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 2 TBSP Honey (or agave for those under 1 year old)
- 1 TSP Pumpkin Spice (or cinnamon!) (spices here are entirely optional either way)
Wisk those ingredients together in a bowl and serve these sweet treats with your favorite sliced fruit!
No, seriously - it’s that easy!
If you want to add some protein to this sweet treat, add a couple of tablespoons of your favorite nut or nut butter alternative.
5. Nutella Popsicles
My kids are Nutella fiends.
If I don’t hide that jar in the highest of cabinets, my kids will find it and eat it with a spoon!
We love these popsicles and often make them to satisfy their Nutella cravings.
- 3/4 cup Nutella
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour into popsicle molds or an ice cube tray overnight
6. Cereal Bars
It’s no secret kids, and adults love cereal.
The milk that’s spilled in the process….not so much.
These cereal bars are as easy to make as marshmallow treats and taste even better and another of my favorite sweet treats.
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 10 ounces marshmallows
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp milk powder
- 5 cups multigrain grain cheerios
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, chopped
- Cooking spray or butter
- Coat a 13x9 baking dish in cooking spray or butter.
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
- Stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips.
- Stir constantly until the mixture has melted - about seven minutes.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
- Press the mixture into your baking dish, refrigerate for ten minutes or until set.
- Slice and serve these sweet treats
7. Ants on a Log
Does anyone else remember making these sweet treats?
These really bring me back, and the raisins lend just enough sweetness to satisfy that sweet tooth craving!
Bonus - this is a snack the kiddos can help you make!
- Peanut Butter (or alternative)
- Spread peanut butter on celery and top with raisins.
Need something a little new in your life?
Try replacing the Log with carrots, cucumber, banana, apple, pears, or even peaches! Peanut Butter a no-go?
Try Cream cheese, hummus, greek yogurt, and even mashed avocados.
The raisin ants posing a problem?
Try cherries, grapes, dates, and pineapple.
8. Sweet Potato Cookies
I don’t know how much you love sweet potatoes get in your home, but honestly, we tend only to devour them in November.
It’s a shame because they’re honestly delicious and pretty darn healthy and another one of my favorite sweet treats!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 12 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup masked sweet potato
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and sugar to combine
- Create a well
- Crack in an egg and measure out the wet ingredients into that well.
- Slowly incorporate until just combined
- Scoop onto prepared baking sheet
- Indent slightly
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly golden, and cook for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks
9. Cheesecake Fruit Dip
I FLUFFING LOVE CHEESECAKE.
You know what I hate, though?
This cheesecake dip is another one of the best sweet treats for little ones and is excellent with blackberries, apples, blueberries, strawberries, and all the fruit.
It’s just good.
You’ll enjoy this just as much as your toddler.
- 4oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1 package cheesecake flavored pudding mix
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Whisk, beat, or dump all ingredients, minus the yogurt, into your stand mixer until thoroughly combined.
- Add in Vanilla yogurt and mix until combined.
- Serve with your favorite fruit assortment and get to dipping!
This recipe doubles and stores well if you want to make some ahead!
10. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Your toddler won’t realize you’ve snuck veggies into their sweet treats, but feel free to tell yourself that YOU ate your veggies today!
- 1 12 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/3cup sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 packed cup shredded carrot
- Preheat oven to 350F and place 9 cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, then set aside.
- In a large measuring cup, combine all liquid ingredients (including carrots).
- Mix wet ingredients into dry, and immediately portion into the baking cups and place in the oven.
- Bake for 19 minutes, then allow the healthy carrot cake cupcakes to cool before removing them from the tray.
Conclusion - Sweet Treats For Kids
Everybody loves sweet treats.
I know they also seem to love that Raymond guy for some reason but, I choose to love sweet treats more.
Finding toddler-safe and healthy sweet treats can be hard but these 10 recipes are perfect for any little one!
So you’ve made the sweet treats, but now how the heck are you supposed to store them sustainably?
Fear not, momma.
Marley’s Monsters Pan Covers will fit that 13x9 baking pan and will look super cute to boot.
Need to store that dip? Check out these Klean Kanteen Canisters!
Have some leftover fruit? Or packing up some of these treats for on the go?
Planet Wise Leak-Proof bags to the rescue!
The best part of Planet Wise is that their bags can be used for anything!
I promise you will never want to use Tupperware again.