Just about every child has a sweet tooth. However, as a parent, you probably want to balance letting your kids have desserts with keeping them healthy. Choosing to make home-baked goods versus processed store-bought treats is a start. But, by adding or switching some of the ingredients you use, you can make them even better for your children. So, if you’d like to make healthier kid’s desserts, here are four simple ingredients that are easy to use.
You can substitute cane sugar instead of white granulated sugar in equal amounts for just about any dessert. It’s healthier than processed, refined sugar and easy to use. Other natural alternatives to sugar include honey, dates, molasses, maple syrup and stevia. Also, for healthier kid’s desserts, use a little less sugar than the recipe calls for.
Pumpkin or Zucchini
While you can use other types of squash, pumpkin and zucchini easily complement many types of desserts, including chocolate cake. There are already a lot of recipes out there you can find online that incorporate pumpkin and/or zucchini that your kids will likely enjoy. Both types of squash make great healthier kid’s desserts, but remember to remove the seeds.
Some bakers use applesauce as a substitute for certain wet ingredients such as butter, oil, and even eggs. However, it’s best to choose recipes they have already tested to include this as an ingredient. And finally, to make sure it’s a healthier kid’s desserts, use natural applesauce without added sugar.
Like applesauce, bananas can often be a substitute in baking for oil, butter, and eggs. But, you’ll want to make sure to use the proper amount depending on what you’re substituting it for in the recipe. Also, you can use a recipe that already includes banana as an ingredient, like banana muffins, for example.
Final Thoughts on Making Healthier Kid’s Desserts
So, these are the four simple ingredients to use to create healthier kid’s desserts. It can be particularly beneficial to use pumpkin, zucchini, applesauce, and/or banana in baked goods if you have a child that needs to eat more fruits and vegetables. What better way to get them to do that than to incorporate them into their favorite dessert.
Just be careful that if you alter a recipe when you add or substitute healthy ingredients, that the flavor and texture complement the dessert. By using healthier ingredients, though, you can feel better about the desserts you give your children, and they’ll still get to enjoy their sweet tooth.