12 Healthy-ish Treats Even Your Kids Will Love

One of the positive outcomes of the pandemic is that people are getting back into the kitchen. Many are cooking more, building confidence in the kitchen, and most believe their new healthy habit will stick around even after the crisis ends. 

If you’re one of these people, this is great news for your health. By maintaining the simple habit of making more meals from scratch, and eating fewer processed snacks and restaurant meals, you’re likely to be saving not only cash but calories, too. Homemade meals also tend to be lower in sodium, added sugars, and unhealthy fats. Plus, with families reconnecting in the kitchen, kids are learning basic cooking skills and valuable life lessons (dishwashers don’t unpack themselves, darling). So many wins!

The thing is, if your kid is like most it’s the sweet stuff that really gets them excited to get their aprons on. And let’s be honest, nothing says home like the smell of baking. But bonding over too many baked goods isn’t the best healthy eating strategy. But what if you slip in better-for-you goodies like fresh fruit, veggies, and whole grains, and stick to a sensible portion size? Then it can be! 

Here are 12 tasty (and sneakily healthy) treats to try. You know, so you get to bake your cake and eat it, too.

Zucchini Brownies

Satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your nutrient intake. Yes, these fudgy brownies do contain a little sugar. But they’ve got so much more to offer. Get the recipe.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

Wait—healthy donuts?! These treats are baked instead of fried, and sweetened with cider and cinnamon. Get the recipe.

Coconut Energy Bites

If you have a weakness for cookie dough, you’re going to love these sweet little bites. Get the recipe.

Yogurt Cake with Blueberries & Lemon

Greek yogurt adds richness and tang to this moist cake, studded with fresh berries. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t be scared of the beets in these moist, chocolate-y cupcakes! They make a dark, dramatic, and outrageously delicious treat. Get the recipe.

Lumberjack Pancakes with Corn & Blackberries

Sunday mornings were made for tall stacks of fluffy pancakes! Stud yours with fresh sweet summer corn and ripe blackberries. Get the recipe.

Carrot Cake Muffins

A cupcake that also doubles as a quick-and-easy breakfast? There’s a healthy recipe for that. Get the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls have all the nostalgia of a childhood treat, but a few clever hacks help make them healthy. Get the recipe.

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

On days you need a grab-and-go snack, reach for these make-ahead zucchini chocolate chips muffins. Get the recipe.

Protein Muffins with Lemon & Chia Seeds

If you’re trying to get some hunger-busting protein in your baked goodies, try these mighty little muffins. Get the recipe.

Oat Scones with Cranberries & Orange

Craving something sweet? Consider baking with whole grains. These oat scones are high in fiber, and cranberries and orange zest make them cozy and bright. Get the recipe.

Carrot Breakfast Cookies

Inspired by carrot cake, these cookies are packed with oats, nuts, and seeds, to keep you satisfied until lunch. Get the recipe.

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