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Healthy Yummy Sweet Treats!

Happy Friday everyone! 

This week's "Nanny Tip of the Week" will be short and sweet (literally and figuratively) as I have some fun tips and recipes you can use when baking with your kiddos. These recipes are not only fun, but healthy versions of some yummy sweet treats! A couple of tips before you start baking:

1. Always choose safety! - Whether you are chopping pecans or mixing batter, be sure you are especially aware of safety when baking with children. Nobody wants an impromptu hospital trip, am I right?

2. Don't be afraid to make a mess - Let your kids have fun! Obviously you need to make sure you have enough time to clean up, but use this time to teach kids how to clean up along the way (teaching moment!). Get your hands dirty and have fun with your baking activity!

3. Find a way to make sweet treats healthy where you can - As previously stated, I'll have a couple of sweet recipes listed below that have some healthy ingredients and alternatives included. I know that sometimes it can be challenging for kids to eat healthy food, so why not try to make a baking activity healthy, right? Check them out below!

No Bake Banana Bread Bites (these are Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten free!) 

For the original version

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup neutral or vanilla protein powder (optional)*
  • pinch sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice (optional)**
  • 1/4 cup overripe mashed banana (about 1 small)
  • 2 T brown rice syrup (can sub for maple syrup, agave or honey if not strict vegan)
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used cashew butter)
  • 1/4 cup + Unsweetened Silk or So Delicious dairy free milk of choice***
  • Dairy Free chocolate chips (optional)
For the Paleo version
  • 1 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup neutral or vanilla protein powder (optional)*
  • pinch sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup monk fruit sweetener or coconut palm sugar (optional)**
  • 1/4 cup overripe mashed banana (about 1 small)
  • 2 T maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used cashew butter)
  • 1/4 cup + Silk Vanilla or Chocolate cashew milk***
  • Dairy free chocolate chips (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt, granulated sweetener of choice and mix well. Add in the mashed banana- Mixture should be very crumbly. If using chocolate chips, add them here too.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the nut butter with the liquid sweetener of choice until melted. Pour wet mixture into the flour/banana mixture until fully incorporated.
Using a tablespoon at a time, add the dairy free milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed.
Using your hands, form into bite sized balls and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to firm up.

      SOURCE: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/08/09/no-bake-banana-bread-bites/

Strawberry Banana Blender Muffins (Gluten free, Vegan, and Nut free! Plus, everything gets mixed in a blender--how cool is that?)

Makes 9 Muffins

  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 cup strawberry chunks (4-8 strawberries)
  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with silicone baking cups or grease the pan.

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender if necessary.

Transfer the batter from the blender into the muffin cups.  Each cup should be filled about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way to the top. Put the muffin pan in the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 15-20 minutes.  Mine were perfect after 17 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.  Enjoy!

          SOURCE: http://happyhealthymama.com/2015/05/strawberry-banana-blender-muffins-gluten-free-vegan-nut-free.html

Also check out 15 Recipes for Healthy Cookies (this blog page has everything from Avocado Chocolate Cookies to Glazed Apple Pie Cookies. Try one of these recipes and see which one is a hit!) http://loveandmarriageblog.com/15-healthy-cookies-kids-will-devour/

Well, that's all from me! Now I'd like to hear from you readers…What are your favorite healthy baking recipes? And which one of these recipes was a huge hit with your kids? We look forward to hearing your feedback! 

Best of luck and have a great weekend!

Samantha Carney