Healthy Desserts

What do a smooth, chocolatey pudding and a creamy, peanut butter and banana frozen dessert have in common? These delicious, family-friendly sweet treats are fun and easy to make with kids and, best of all, have no added sugar! Another bonus: They are also vegetarian and gluten free.

Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut milk (not light)
  • 4 to 6 pitted dates, sliced or torn into small pieces (kids can help tear)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. Put a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for six hours or overnight (the coconut milk will separate from the cream). Open the can and pour the coconut milk into a bowl, leaving the thick coconut cream at the bottom of the can.
  2. Place date pieces (chop them up until they are as fine as possible) in a blender or food processor with 1 tablespoon of coconut milk.
  3. Add the coconut cream from the can to the blender, along with the cocoa. Blend with the dates, adding a little more coconut milk. (Use the remainder for another purpose.) Blend again until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Dessert

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen for a couple hours or overnight (have your child count out and peel the bananas and place on a cookie sheet to freeze)
  • ¼ – ½  cup creamy peanut butter (depending on how much peanut flavor you like)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or use coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk)

Directions:

  1. Place sliced bananas in blender or food processor. Blend, stopping to move bananas to the middle to blend evenly.
  2. Add milk and blend again until smooth.
  3. Add peanut butter and blend again for a few seconds until it is incorporated and is the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. Serve immediately.

Did You Know?

Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin B6. Dates are high in calcium and iron, and peanut butter

provides protein and healthy fats for a balanced diet. Coconut oil provides vitamin E and increases “good” (HDL) cholesterol.

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