Hi there! I have a fun post for you today. I’m excited to share the go-to treats that I make for my kids when they want something sweet. All three recipes are vegan, gluten and dairy free, and contain no added sugar. Each one is super easy to whip up and they all contain very few ingredients. The best part? They all taste amazing! Seriously, the whole family will enjoy these. You’re gonna love them!
3 guilt-free treats for toddlers (and adults!)
Let’s talk about bananas. They are jam-packed with nutrients, like potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. They are a quick energy source and an easy snack to transport. I love using them to make smoothies, pancakes and “ice cream” for the family. Blending a banana in a food processor creates the most delicious and creamy dessert ever. The girls go crazy for this peanut butter banana ice cream and I feel good knowing I’m giving something healthy.
Peanut butter banana “ice cream”
- one large frozen banana (it works better if your banana has been sliced)
- heaping spoonful of creamy peanut butter
- tiny splash of almond milk (no more than a tablespoon)
- Place frozen banana slices, peanut butter, and splash of milk in food processor and blend.
- Scrape the sides every so often until the mixture is really creamy (this may take a few minutes).
- Optional: toss in some fun ingredients below to make different combinations and flavors.
- strawberries or raspberries
- handful of mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)
- one tablespoon of cocoa powder
- a few healthy shakes of cinnamon
- shredded coconut
The combination of avocado and banana makes this an especially rich dessert. It tastes delicious and never lasts very long in our house. If you don’t want to use any nut butter, you can easily leave that ingredient out. I usually top my pudding with coconut and slivered almonds. Ohmygoshsogood!
Chocolate almond butter avocado pudding
- 1 – 2 ripe avocados
- 1 large ripe banana (or 2 small ones)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
- 1/4 cup almond butter (creamy)
- splash of almond milk
- Toss everything in a food processor and blend.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl a few times until everything is smooth and creamy.
- Chill in the fridge for an hour before serving. <–we can never wait that long and usually end up eating it right away.
My kids love all things popsicles. I always make my own and hide greens and other goodies inside them. But sometimes we just
want need chocolate, right? These fudgsicles are so darn simple to prepare and turn out really well. The coconut milk makes them especially creamy, but you can also use almond milk or whatever you’d like. A friend gave me these popsicle molds from Ikea and I just love them. They are perfect portions for toddlers.
Banana fudgsicles! <–these deserve an exclamation point
This recipe was slightly adapted from Everyday Reading.
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 very ripe banana
- 2 generous tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2-4 ice cubes
- Toss all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into popsicle molds. I used a small mold of 6.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours.
What are your go-to healthy(ish) treats? Anyone else love banana ice cream? Big fans over here!