“Dessert Please!” It’s the first words out of my daughters mouth after she has eaten 1 bite of dinner. A few months ago she had one piece of chocolate cake at Nana and Papa’s house after dinner, and now it has become an expectation in her mind. I don’t keep dessert food around the house because I will eat it, and I can’t just eat one bite of chocolate cake.
However, I do like giving a sweet treat after she has had a day where she has followed instructions, eaten all of her dinner, and had little to no temper tantrums. It’s a nice reward for both of us. I have kept my cool as a mom and handled situations that could otherwise blow up, and she has focused a lot on following instructions (a new and challenging task for a toddler.) Dessert is a nice treat at the end of the day. The problem is finding kid friendly, mom approved desserts.
Both sweet treats mentioned in this post require frozen bananas. I purposefully buy extra bananas every week. They’re cheap, delicious, and are great additions to smoothies and these two sweet treats that have become a regular in our house. They are also extremely easy to freeze yourself. Just peel them, and throw them in a gallon baggy in the freezer. They freeze within a few hours and are ready to use whenever you need them.
The first sweet treat that has become a huge hit is banana ice cream!
This one was inspired by Daniel Tiger. On one episode Daniel Tigers mom makes a banana swirl. She basically just blends up a frozen banana. My daughter watched the episode and then immediately asked for a banana swirl. We tried it that night after dinner, but it didn’t work, the banana wouldn’t blend without some sort of liquid. What we did find that worked was adding a bit of liquid to the blender, and you get this delicious smooth ice cream consistency that tastes like a banana. It’s cold, sweet, and because there is no sugar added it makes for a nice treat for the both of us.
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1/3 Cup Almond Milk (or any milk you have on hand)
- Place banana and milk in blender.
- You may need less milk if the banana is small.
- Blend, you will need to shake up the mixture a few times to keep it creamy like ice cream.
- *As a side note, I have a Ninja, which I LOVE. This works really well in the smoothie size blender cups.
Sweet Treat 2! Greek Yogurt with Frozen Fruit
This dessert was inspired because my daughter doesn’t love meat. We cook a lot of chicken, but chicken has a texture that her toddler pallet isn’t ready for. She loves black beans, but I can’t serve beans for every meal, and she needs some source of protein. Because of this I like to have Greek Yogurt on hand as an after meal treat for when she doesn’t eat a lot of the meat on her plate. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, and if you purchase the plain Greek yogurt, it doesn’t have a lot of sugar added to it. This is such an easy dessert that you just can’t go wrong.
Just like my obsession with buying too many bananas and freezing them, same goes for berries. When berries go on sale at the grocery store, I buy in bulk.
To freeze… lay them out on sheet pan covered with wax paper in the freezer for an hour or two, and then put them in gallon baggies. (By laying them out on the sheet pan first, it keeps them from sticking together in the baggies.) These make great additions to smoothies, but also my daughter loves eating them frozen, which is a great treat during the summer when it reaches 109 degrees. You can also buy bags of frozen fruit, I just find it to be cheaper when the fresh stuff goes on sale and I freeze it myself.
Plain Greek Yogurt
(or any other frozen fruit that you find delicious)
Scoop out the desired amount of Yogurt, add frozen fruit on top, with a drizzle of honey and you have another delicious no bake, kid friendly, mom approved dessert! YUM!