Child Friendly Recipes
Summer is nearly here, and so is ice cream season! It is fun and easy to make your own at home, and it can be a bit healthier too, depending on what ingredients you use. This one happens to be vegan, gluten free, and nut free but it is so rich and delicious tasting you would never guess by tasting it. If you don’t have an ice cream maker don’t worry, I have included instructions to make it without one.
Peanut butter cups were my favorite Halloween candy growing up, but now I like to experiment with different nut and seed butters, when I make my own at home, and they are all delicious in their own way. These tahini cups are similar to peanut butter cups but they are suitable for those with nut allergies, since tahini is sesame seed butter. It has a nutty flavor kind of like a more mild peanut butter and pairs well with chocolate. They happen to be vegan because I use non-dairy chocolate chips, and naturally gluten free, but you would never guess by tasting them. These are easy to make and so good, so if you are looking for a new Halloween treat recipe, give them a try!
After school often times kids are hungry for a quick snack when they get home and want something fast. It can be easy enough to reach for the bag of chips, but these nut butter and jelly banana bites are the perfect thing to snack on! They are quick and easy to make, they satisfy a sweet tooth and that little bit of fat from the nut butter makes them satisfying. Next time you want something sweet but not unhealthy in the form of a snack, give these a try for your kids or yourself. Because adults like nut butter and jelly too!
I loved granola bars when I was a kid. We usually would buy them from the store, but if I had known how easy they were to make I would have asked my Mom to help me whip up a batch. These ones come together in about 15 minutes (not including chilling time), and they are worth making yourself, because they taste even better than store bought! They are loaded with fiber from the oats and dried fruit, and protein thanks to the nut butter. If you are not a fan of peanut butter, feel free to use almond butter instead and chopped almonds instead of the peanuts. Or, if you have a nut allergy, you can use sunflower seed butter instead of the peanut butter, and sunflower seeds instead of the peanuts. All of these variations are just as delicious and satisfying!
One of my favorite healthy summer treats for when the mangoes are at their best and we all want something refreshing to sip on, is a mango lassi. Traditionally they are made with dairy yogurt, but I like to make mine with coconut yogurt to keep it vegan. Just a little lime juice, fresh mangoes and a touch of maple syrup and you have something that tastes like dessert, but is actually good for you. Mangoes are packed with vitamin A and C so you are getting some of your vitamins in as well!
Sometimes it can be nice to have an easy to make comfort food main dish for your holiday meal. In that case, a delicious pasta is always a good option. The recipe I am sharing with you today tastes rich and delicious, but it actually happens to be vegan and gluten free! I combine sauteed broccoli, mushrooms and leeks with a creamy “alfredo” sauce that is actually made from cashew butter and coconut milk and it is not only easy to make, but your guests and family will love it! It tastes as good as traditional alfredo, only it is better for you!
This is the time of year when everyone is getting into baking Holiday cookies. I myself like to bake several kinds every year. Just because you are trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy delicious cookies! I make mine mostly gluten free and refined sugar free, and always use quality organic or natural ingredients. One of my favorites is these chocolate dipped almond butter cookies that I am sharing with you today. They are gluten free, vegan and use coconut sugar instead of the usual refined white sugar. Also, the chocolate I dip them in that can be found at Fresh and Natural Foods is sugar free as well! These are so delicious tasting that you will not even notice that they are not traditional Holiday cookies!
Mashed root vegetables are a great option for Thanksgiving in place of the usual potatoes. Not only are they delicious but they are packed with even more vitamins and fiber thanks to the variety of veggies included. I like a mixture of rutabaga, sweet potatoes or yams, and potatoes. It is a little sweet, but savory and pairs well with any sort of protein and gravy. This recipe is actually vegan because it uses coconut butter in place of butter, but you won’t even miss the dairy! This is the perfect dish to serve if you want something that tastes rich but is actually good for you!
Fall can be a busy time of the year, so I like to have healthy snacks on hand for when I need something fast to satisfy hunger. One of my favorite things to make for this purpose is energy bites. The ones I make are high in fiber, protein and heart healthy ingredients so I always feel good about eating them. Also, they taste like dessert, so sometimes I even swap them for cookies because I know it is the healthier option. These ones I am sharing with you today are really delicious and have a chocolate base and chocolate chunks, but don’t contain any refined sugars (I use Luv sugar free dark chocolate)! If you need some healthy delicious snacks in your pantry, give these a try!