12 Healthy Desserts for Kids/ Recipe for toddlers

Kids love sweets and we all can give them healthy desserts which keep us and them happy. Desserts in limited quantities is not bad for children. We want them to have their occasional treats, don’t we and these desserts here will give no reason for you to complain.  

Healthy desserts/sweets for kids  

 

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Cake Banana Nut Cake  

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 small bananas/ 2 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts- cashews, walnuts, almonds

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 200C for 10 minutes.

Mix butter in room temperature and sugar in a big bowl.

Cream together  using a blender.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.

Add to creamed mixture.

Beat till everything comes together.

Add mashed bananas and chopped nuts. Fold them into mixture.

Pour batter into well-greased baking tin.

Bake at 180°C for about 1 hour.

Check by inserting toothpick in the center. If it comes out comes out clean, cake is done.

Banana nut bread is ready. Cut into slices or pieces to serve.  

 

 

Choco-Oatmeal Honey Cookies

Choco-Oatmeal Honey Cookies 

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 3 tblsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup instant Oats
  • 1 tbsp wholewheat flour

Recipe Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Mix cocoa powder, butter, sugar and milk in a pan. Bring it to a boil, stirring continuously. Remove it from flame and add oats, flour and honey. Mix well. With the help of a spoon pour the mixture one spoonful on a waxed paper or greased cookie sheet. Bake at 180 degrees C for 10-12 minutes till cooked. Take out of oven let cool for few minutes on tray before transferring it to wire-rack. Let them cool on wire-rack before serving. store in an air-tight container.

 

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Kheer is Indian style rice pudding, which is everyone’s favorite. It is loved by kids and is full of goodness of rice, milk and nuts. If you are giving it to toddlers, ensure nuts are chopped fine or maybe crushed.

 Kheer(Rice pudding) 

Ingredients

Milk -1 litre

Basmati rice – ¼ cup

Sugar – 1 cup or as needed

Cardamom – 3-4 pods powdered

Nuts – cashews, almonds, pitachios – ½ cup

Raisins – 2 tsp

Recipe

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat milk and rice together.

Bring to a boil, and then let it simmer till rice is cooked well. Keep stirring in between to ensure rice doesn’t get stuck to the bottom.

When rice starts breaking upand milk also gets reduced, add cardamom powder and mix well.

Add chopped nuts and raisins. Mix well and let it simmer for few more minutes.

Finally add sugar and mix well till it dissolves completely.

Remove from heat and serve warm or chill in the fridge.

P.S. You can also roast the nuts in a little ghee before adding to kheer.

 

Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

This traditional Indian dessert is delicious and full of carrots and milk for kids. You can reduce or increase the sugar according to your kid’s preference.

Carrot Halwa 

 Ingredients

Carrots – 1 kg

Condensed milk – ½ tin

Milk – ½ litre

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Cardamom crushed – ½ tsp

Nuts (cashew, almonds) chopped fine – 2 tbsp

Raisins – 1tbsp

Recipe

Clean, peel and grate carrots.

In a pressure cooker, add grated carrots and milk.

Let it cook for 3 whistles.

In a separate pan, take out cooked carrots.

Add condensed milk and let it cook on high flame so that all liquid evaporates.

Add ghee, and let the halwa roast in ghee for few minutes.

Add raisins and half the nuts and mix well.

Serve and garnish with remaining nuts.

Tip : If your kid does not like nuts, you may soak them and make a paste before adding, so they are not chunky.

 

Fruit Salad

Most kids love fruits, even if they run away from veggies. This fruit salad is a great way of including seasonal fruits into your kid’s diet. You can add as many or as few fruits as you want.

 

   Ingredients

1/2 apple cut into small pieces 1/2 cheeku cut into small piecs 1/2 cup litchi peeled, cleaned and chopped 1 banana cut into small piecs 1 tbsp cream 1/2 lime juice 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp rose syrup

Recipe Add all fruits into a large bowl. Add lime juice to it. Add cream, honey and rose syrup. Mix everything well using large spoon. Serve chilled.

 

Healthy Dates and Raisins Muffins

Kids love muffins, but we are worried about them having too much sweet and refined flour. Here we give a recipe made with wholewheat flour and sweetened with natural sweeteners like dates and raisins which are good for kids.

 

 

Ingredients

Atta(Wholewheat flour) -1 cup

Maida (flour) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar/ brown sugar – 1/2 cup

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder -1 tsp

Butter/Vegetable Oil – 100 gms

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Milk – 1 cup

Raisins chopped – 1 tbsp

Dates chopped – 1 tbsp

 

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 200 C.

Sieve together atta, maida, salt and baking powder.

Do it twice to ensure all dry ingredients mix well and there are no lumps. Keep it aside.

If using butter, melt it and bring it to room temperature without letting it solidify.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg and powdered sugar lightly.

Add milk and vanilla essence and mix well.

Add melted butter/oil to egg mixture and keep beating to mix well.

Add dates and raisins to mixture and mix lightly.

Keep the muffin tray or moulds greased and ready.

Pour egg-sugar mixture to flour mixture and mix quickly.

Do not worry about beating too much.

Immediately pour into muffin moulds and transfer to oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Your kids will love these muffins.

 

 

Besan ke Laddu (Gram Flour Sweets)

Besan ke Laddu 

 

 Besan is gram flour and is frequently used in Indian cooking. It is high in protein and these laddus are very good for growing kids. You can make and keep them to fight those sudden hunger pangs. To make them more nutritious we have also added almonds. This can be given to kids who are underweight as this is rich in protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Ingredients

Besan (gram flour) – 250 grams

Atta (wholewheat flour) – 2 tbsp Suji (semolina) – 1 tbsp

Ghee – 150 grams

Sugar – 150 grams

Almond – crushed or powdered – ½ cup

Raisins – 15-20 (optional)

Cardamom – 5-6

Recipe

Sieve together besan, atta and suji to ensure no lumps. Mix them well using a spoon.

Powder sugar along with cardamom seeds in a mixer. Keep aside.

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai.

Add besan mixture to ghee.

Roast besan stirring continuously on medium heat.

After 8-10 minutes, besan will give a nice aroma, which means it has been roasted well.

Add powdered or crushed almonds.

Finally add powdered sugar and cardamom to besan and mix well.

Take off heat and keep mixing well till everything comes together.

Let it cool a little.

Take a small amount of mixture in your hand, place one raisin and then use both hands make a ball out of the mixture. Use of raisins is optional.

Repeat for all the mixture.

Store in an air-tight container. These laddus keep well for few weeks.

 

 

Banana Pancake Stack

This is a great dessert idea which is very healthy and still children will lap it up.

 

Ingredients

Banana pancakes – 5 (made as per previous recipe)

Flavoured yogurt – ½ cup

Mixed fruit Jam – 2 tbsp

Banana – 1 – cut into thin slices 1- 2 inches long.

Grapes – 10-12 – halved.

Recipe

In a plate place one pancake. Cover it with your child favourite flavoured yogurt.

Now place second pancake and put mixed fruit jam over it.

Repeat with the next 2 layers in the same way alternating yogurt and jam.

Finally cover with fifth pancake.

  

Happy Face Cookies

Your kids will love these wholewheat flour cookies as a treat.

Happy Face Atta Cookies

 

Ingredients

Wholewheat flour( atta ) – 1 ½ cup

Flour (maida) – ½ cup

Cold Butter – 125 grams

Powdered sugar – ½ cup

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

Milk -2-3 tbsp

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 170 degree C.

In a large bowl, sieve together atta and maida.

Add butter and mix well using hands to make crumbly mixture.

Add sugar and vanilla essence and mix well.

Add some milk as required to make a dough, but do not mix too much else cookies will be hard.

Take a small piece of dough in hand and make a ball out of it.

Place it on lined cookie sheet and slight press.

Decorate with two chocolate cereal pieces and gems to make a face. (You can use whatever your child likes to make it more enticing)

Similarly make all cookies and place on the sheet with a little space between each of them.

Bake in the hot oven for 15-20 minutes  till they turn golden brown.

Cool on a rack and store in an air-tight container.

 

 

Atta Laddu for kids

Atta laddus are a great traditional snack for children. It is made up of whole wheat flour and ghee and it provides lots of energy to growing bodies.  You can add as many nuts as your child prefers to make it even more nutritious.

Atta laddu

 

Ingredients

1 and ½ cup wholewheat flour( atta)

1 cup ghee

1 cup powdered sugar

½ cup crushed nuts( cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts)

1 tsp powdered cardamom

Raisins for garnish

Recipe

Heat a heavy bottomed pan or kadhai and add ghee to it.

Add atta and roast in ghee on medium heat.

Keep stirring constantly till atta gives a nice aroma or it will burn.

Once atta gets roasted and turn color slightly, take off fire.

Add sugar and nuts and mix well.

Finally add cardamom powder and mix well.

When the mixture cools down a bit, make small balls or laddus and keep in a separate plate.

Put one raisin on top for garnish.

   

 Beetroot Halwa

 

Ingredients

Beetroots – ½ kg

Condensed milk – ¼ tin

Milk – ¼ litre

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Cardamom crushed – ½ tsp

Nuts (cashew, almonds) chopped fine – 2 tbsp

Raisins – 1tbsp

 

Recipe

Clean, peel and grate beetroots.

In a pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee and roast nuts and raisins. Keep aside.

In a pressure cooker, add grated beetroots and milk.

Let it cook for 3 whistles.

In a separate heavy-bottomed pan/kadhai, take out cooked beetroots.

Now add condensed milk and let it cook on high flame so that all the liquid evaporates.

Add ghee, and let the halwa roast in ghee for few minutes.

Add roasted raisins and half the nuts and mix well.

Serve and garnish with remaining nuts.

Tip : If your kid does not like nuts, you may soak them and make a paste before adding, so they are not chunky.

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