9 Healthy Dessert Recipes Your Kids Will Love to Snack on This Summer

9 Healthy Dessert Recipes Your Kids Will Love to Snack on This Summer

There’s no denying that almost every kid loves dessert. However, it’s also true that parents often want to do their best to make after-dinner treats as healthy as possible. In light of that, we’ve brought you nine healthy dessert recipes that your kids will low to snack on this summer. Take a look at the options below to see which recipe will be the biggest hit with your family.

Healthy dessert recipes for summer

1. Frozen banana split pops.

With only six ingredients, including fruit and nuts, these frozen banana split pops are a dessert that you can feel good about giving your whole family. Plus, since they’re served on a stick, the kids will have so much fun eating them that they won’t even notice that they’re eating something that’s good for them too.

2. Fruit salsa with cinnamon sugar pita chips.

If your kids love chips and dip, they should fall head over heels for this fruit salsa with cinnamon sugar pita chips healthy dessert recipe. The salsa is made by finely mincing their favorite fruits. Then, coating the mixture in an easy dressing made from honey, lemon, and mint. Serve it up with toasted pita wedges that have been lightly coated in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and you’re good to go.

3. No-churn Almond Joy ice cream.

This no-churn Almond Joy ice cream is creamy, dreamy, and totally vegan. It uses bananas to create the “ice cream” base, plus maple syrup and almond extract to give this dessert its signature flavor. Just throw it all in the food processor to create a rich dessert. Then, mix in some coconut flakes, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips for extra flavor. The final step is to throw the mixture in the freezer for a few hours before scooping it into bowls or just eating it straight out of the pan with a spoon.

4. Cat in the Hat cookies.

These Cat in the Hat cookies are the perfect healthy dessert for kids who have been reading Dr. Seuss’s books in school. The dessert uses chocolate sandwich cookies, strawberries, and bananas to recreate the namesake clothing item from this popular children’s story. When you’re done making them, you’ll find that they’re silly, stackable, and incredibly delicious. Your kids won’t be able to get enough and, if we’re being honest, you won’t either!

5. Frozen yogurt bark.

On a hot summer day, there’s no better healthy dessert than frozen yogurt bark. However, the best part about this recipe is how customizable it is. The original recipe starts with plain yogurt. Before you freeze the yogurt, you can mix in the flavorings, sweeteners, and mix-ins of your choice. From fruit, to nuts, and chocolate chips, there’s no end to the possibilities. Plus, this recipe is easy enough that your child should be able to have fun assisting you in the kitchen.

6. Apple slice cookies.

Apple slice cookies are a newer take on the classic combo of apples and peanut butter. That said, after slicing the apples into rounds and slathering them with a layer of your favorite nut butter, the thing that sets these cookies apart is the toppings. The blogger behind this recipe recommends using toasted coconut, nuts, and chocolate pieces, but a drizzle of yogurt or honey could also make for a tasty option.

7. Toasted marshmallow campfire strawberries.

If you’re looking for a healthier take on s’mores, the traditional campfire treat, these toasted marshmallow campfire strawberries may just be the perfect fit. But, best of all, this is a super easy healthy dessert to put together. All you need to do is simply slide a jumbo-sized strawberry onto a long skewer. Then, dip the bottom of each strawberry in marshmallow fluff and swirl it around. When you’re looking to make things even more decedent, think about dipping the finished strawberries in a layer of melted chocolate and sticking them in the freezer for a few minutes.

8. Lemon whipped cream and berry parfait.

This berry parfait with lemon whipped cream is a healthier take on the traditional strawberry shortcake. It uses a lighter angel food cake as opposed to a calorie-laden pound cake. In addition, by taking the time to make your own whipped cream, you can control the amount of sugar that goes into this healthy dessert, as well as add a light freshness that comes from lemon zest. Layer those elements in with some strawberries and raspberries and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing dessert that will become an immediate favorite.

9. PB&J tacos.

Lastly, these PB&J tacos will fit in just as well in a school lunchbox as they will at the dinner table when it is time for dessert. Although, either way, their biggest selling feature is that they are incredibly fun to eat. This recipe uses sandwich bread, peanut butter, and jelly as the foundation of the taco. Then, like so many of these desserts, it’s time to add on the toppings.

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Tara Mastroeni is a real estate and personal finance writer. She has a BFA in Media Production from Emerson College. Her work has been published on websites such as Forbes, Business Insider, and The Motley Fool. She has also been featured as a subject matter expert on Innovators with Jane King and the American Trends podcast. Find her at TMRealEstateWriter.com or on Twitter at @TaraMastroeni.