When you always pack the same lunch for you and your tot, things can get a bit monotonous. Instead of throwing in a healthy bar like you usually do, try livening up their bag with a healthy dessert. Whether it’s a black bean brownie or a slice of chocolatey banana bread, a delicious energy-inducing treat could be what makes their afternoon. Below, you’ll find 14 recipes that you can feel good about packing in your kids’ lunch and that you’ll love just as much.
1. Avocado Chocolate Mousse: Since there’s no dairy in this mousse, it won’t go bad while the kiddos wait for lunch. Plus, it’s a sneaky way to add lots of nutrients from the avocado. (via Well Plated)
3. Banana Split Bites: Thread banana, strawberries, and pineapple on a skewer and dip in chocolate and nuts. If your kid or their classmates have a nut allergy, feel free to substitute for shredded coconut. (via Life, Love, Liz)
4. Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices: Food on a stick is the best, no matter how old you are. This easy-to-eat version of a candy apple is a delicious way to kick off the fall apple season with your children. (via Mom Loves Baking)
5. No-Bake Monster Cookie Energy Bites: Remember how you always wanted to nod off in class after lunch? These tasty bites will give them that last burst of energy that’ll help them power through the rest of the afternoon. (via One Little Project)
6. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal Cookies: Who wouldn’t be totally stoked to open their lunch box to the scent of sweet cinnamon roll oatmeal cookies? In this case, dessert may have to come before lunch. (via Amy’s Healthy Baking)
7. Grain-Free Sweet Potato Blondies: These blondies have all of the fudginess of a brownie without the use of refined sugars or grain. Since they’re packed with sweet potato, they’ll not only serve as a sweet end to their meal but a hearty side as well. (via Feasting on Fruit)
8. Homemade No Bake Bounty Protein Bars: There’s nothing more exciting than finding a homemade candy bar in your lunch bag. Lucky for you, these DIY Bounty protein bars are vegan, Paleo, and gluten-free. (via The Big Man’s World)
9. Maple Vanilla Bean Meringue Cookies: Meringue cookies are the perfect lightly sweetened cookie for tiny hands. This batch makes about 40 cookies, so they’ll serve as lunch and after-school snacks for days. (via Kit’s Coastal)
11. Paleo Gummies: As delicious as they are, store-bought gummies are usually full of unnecessary additives. Invest in a silicone gummy bear mold, and you can make any flavor you like at home. The kids can even help! (via Bakerita)
13. Double-Fudge Brownies: Most healthy brownies are filled with black beans, which your kid might not be into. Instead, these use applesauce and peanut butter to replace the oil and up the nutritional factor. (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
14. Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: This moist banana bread can double as a quick breakfast or post-lunch snack. The fresh raspberries and chocolate chips pair perfectly with the natural sweetness of the banana. (via Baker by Nature)
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