If you’re anything like us, you’ll love a little sweet something something after dinner.
BUT, delicious treats and puddings soon clock up the ole calories. Rather than cut out pud completely, give these healthier alternatives a go! Swapping some cakes here for fruit or smoothie bowls there can save calories, refined sugar intake, and a couple of inches on our waistlines.
Also – science says restricting yourself completely from the goods means you’re more likely to relapse – bigstyle. So, basically we can’t not eat pudding.
We’ve concocted some dessert ideas that are super healthy(ish), and taste amaze. Test them out on your kids too, especially if you’re trying to introduce more fruit into their diets.
frozen, dried, smoothi-fied – it’s all good
Fruit is the obvious choice for a few reasons. 1. It’s real good for you. 2. You still get the sugar kick you’re craving – but it’s all natural. 3. No cooking needed. Quick and easy, just what we like. It doesn’t have to be straight up fruit, either. Freeze some of your favourites and blitz together to create some home-made, healthy ice-cream. (We highly recommend banana and peanut butter ‘ice-cream’ – it’s only takes two ingredients and is dairy-free!)
It can be hard to get kids into fruit, but make it kinda like ice-cream and they’re all over it! We also love dried fruit, either as a snack or as a pudding! Or combine it all! Try stacking banana slices with other fruit, dried fruit (whatever you want so long as it’s healthy!), using nut butter as ‘glue’. Super healthy and tastes dreamy. We know technically you’re not supposed to play with your food, but this is a great way of making dinner time extra fun with the kids, too!
Home-made cookies – or flapjacks
Biscuits, cookies, muffins, and donuts – there’s no denying, they all taste great. But, rather than demolish a pack of shop-bought cookies, make your own! By baking your own after dinner treats you know decide exactly what goes in them, including how much sugar and fat. Oat and raisin cookies are easy to bake and way healthier than what you find in the supermarket. Plus, the kids will love ‘helping’ you make them. Flapjacks are another healthy, easy bake, as are brownies (believe it or not!) Check out this recipe for fudgy beet brownies from Amy’s Healthy Baking for recipe inspo.
Yog is so, so versatile. You can eat it by itself, layer it up with cereals and fruit, combine it with jams or curds – the suggestions are endless. It’s that bit healthier than ice cream, but still packs those sweet, creamy flavours. It’s another great one for the kids too, as there’s loads of great yog products out there for them. Frozen yoghurt works as another fab ice-cream replacer too, so this is especially good for any freezer fiends out there.
By doing some sneaky swaps, you really can make cake that’s healthy(ier than normal cake). Root veg like sweet potato can be used in baking to create really moist, amazing tasting bakes. Check out this recipe by the Whole Foods Market for sweet potato apple cake. Banana bread is also a fab, healthier alternative to a great big slab of chocolate cake. Warm it up and serve with the banana and peanut butter ‘ice-cream’ from earlier for a double whammy of banana-ry goodness.
(Puddings our kids love)
Jelly, with a dollop of yog
Flour-less lemon cake with soya milk
Pomegranate, blueberries and custard