Back to School: Healthy Desserts for Your Child's Lunchbox
Homemade Fruit Leather1 of 8
Whether you unraveled the entire roll and put the whole thing in your mouth or just nibbled a few bites at a time, generations of children have enjoyed munching on Fruit Roll-Ups, and we are betting your child loves this sticky treat, too. As a healthier option, and instead of the store-bought variety, make your own homemade fruit leather. Simply blend a mixture of your child's favorite variety of fruit, add some honey for sweetness and bake in the oven for a couple of hours.
Chocolate Energy Bites2 of 8
Try and tell us your child doesn't like chocolate. We dare you. These energy bites are not only easy to make but loaded with healthy ingredients such as oats, ground flax and chia seeds. Stir cocoa powder, peanut butter, coconut and a few other ingredients in a bowl, chill the mixture and roll them into bite-size balls of flavor. A recipe you don't have to spend time baking. You're welcome.
Granola Bars3 of 8
If your child likes a little crunch with lunch, these granola bars are perfect. Made from only five ingredients, this dessert is healthy, simple to make and will save you time in the kitchen. The granola bars get their sweetness from dates, making them low in sugar. Plus, they are loaded with almonds for a nice nutty crunch. Once you've mastered this recipe, try playing with other nuts and fruit combos you think your child will enjoy.
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips4 of 8
It never hurts to get more fruits into your child's lunch, and this fruit salsa is a treat they will surely enjoy. Mix a variety of fruits in a bowl — orange, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries work well. Add lemon juice and a little sugar. Bake a few whole-wheat tortillas in the oven until crisp. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the crisp tortilla chips for a final touch.
Banana Split Bites5 of 8
Think of a banana split without the ice cream. These bites feature small pieces of pineapple, banana and strawberry stacked on top of each other, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in chopped nuts — all the flavors that will remind your child of a banana split, without all the fat.
Mini Muffins6 of 8
Instead of filling your child with prepackaged cupcakes (you know the ones we're talking about) these muffins offer the crumbly tastiness of cake while adding nutrients from extra fruits and veggies in this recipe. Bake them in mini muffin tins and, voila, your child has healthy bite-sized muffins that beat any prepackaged stuff in the market.
Fruit With Yogurt Dip7 of 8
Kids seem to like playing with their food. That's why your children should enjoy this pairing of fruit and yogurt dip. Spice up fruit they may have grown tired of eating with this simple-to-make dip recipe. Combine Greek yogurt, brown sugar, cinnamon and honey, and you have a quick dip that pairs well with any fruit.