How to make healthy treats for your kids

How to make healthy treats for your kids

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Your kid’s favourite treats get a healthy makeover!

It’s something that every parent has been through and it happens with such regularity that most of us know before it even comes. 

We hear it in the supermarket aisles, at the checkout and at petrol stations. Yes, it’s that inevitable nagging that comes from the kids as soon as they spot any form of chocolate goodie or bag of lollies. 

While it’s rarely a happy compromise (either the kids are in tears or the parents are racked with guilt), there are some fun ways we can recreate these treats at home with a nutritious, yet still delicious, twist. 

These recipes show you how simple it is to make homemade versions of their favourite chocolate treats packed full of fibre and nutrients, some without the need for refined sugar at all. 

There’s also the chance to involve the kids in the cooking to create happy memories as well as happy tummies.

Little lamington bites

These little lamington bites are packed with nutritious ingredients and are a great alternative come snack time to the sugar loaded biscuits found on supermarket shelves.  

The base of these little lamington bites is made with cashews, a source of calcium and iron and the jam centre is made with chia seeds, a source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and low GI raspberries making them a sweet snack your children – and you – will love.

Not only that, they are refined sugar free making them a guilt-free treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

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Picnic chocolate bar balls

The chewy, nutty deliciousness that we all love can be made whole lot more nutritious. 

These picnic chocolate bar balls are made with fresh dates, peanuts, peanut butter, and cacao as well as chia seeds. 

It’s low in refined sugars, high in fibre and oh so simple to prepare. 

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Quick and easy rocky-road slice

Without any refined sugar and only the goodness of nuts, medjool dates and dried fruit this delicious little slice will be a favourite for all ages. 

It has the sweetness, crunch and chewiness that rocky road is famous for. 

Plus, the addition of cacao gives this already nutritious slice a healthy antioxidant boost. It’s perfect for storing in the freezer too… if it lasts long enough!

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No-bake ‘bounty’ slice

A nut-free option for allergies, lunchboxes and parties this no-bake slice is as delicious as it is nutritious. 

It includes coconut and chocolate to ensure it ticks the bounty boxes, but also uses puffed rice and medjool dates for a health kick. Look out for preservative-free desiccated coconut, particularly for kids who are may have unwanted reactions to additives and preservatives. 

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Making these treats at home won’t just please the kids, they’ll no doubt have the whole family in raptures. Just watch that they don’t start complaining that the supermarket shelves don’t have anything as delicious as they get at home!