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Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.
Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Ah, Halloween. Such a fun and exciting holiday for the kids, but it can be difficult to navigate as a parent trying to feed the family healthy, nutritious foods. What’s a parent to do?

My philosophy is, let kids be kids. Sure, I will feed my kids as many vegetables and fruits and healthy proteins as I can at home, but when it comes to special occasions like birthday parties or Halloween, I let them enjoy it. I just follow up Halloween night with a super nutritious breakfast. ;)

The downside of Halloween is that it’s not just one night of candy – you’re stuck with tons of leftover candy and nothing to do with it! Not until now. Put that leftover candy to good use and make a semi-healthy treat the kids will love.

I say semi-healthy because we’re at least using a whole-wheat crust and yogurt in here. The candy is what makes it a special treat! You can use any candy you have in the house, but of course we’re partial to chocolate. I hope you and the kids enjoy this Halloween candy pizza!

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

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  • Yield: 8-12
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 whole-wheat or gluten-free pizza crust (homemade or prepared)
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt or non-dairy alternative
  • Leftover candy of your choice, broken into smaller pieces

Instructions

  1. Prepare crust at home or according to package directions.
  2. When the crust has cooled off, pour yogurt on top; spread in an even layer on the crust.
  3. Sprinkle the pizza with candy pieces. Cut into slices and enjoy!

 

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Watermelon Pizza

Do you need a light yet sweet and juicy snack or dessert idea?

watermelon pizzaWhile this treat makes a nice afternoon snack or a fun party food for a picnic or potluck, offering fresh fruit as a dessert option teaches kids that it doesn’t have to be filled with added sugar to still be a “treat!” MOMables has tons of great fruit-as-treats ideas!

MOMables doesn’t just stop with amazing ideas, but we also provide you with a fantastic weekly meal plan that gives you step-by-step directions and even pictures to show you what the finished product should look like! Interested in getting some extra help? Join us here!

Dessert pizza!

First, slice a watermelon into roughly 1-inch-thick round slabs. Then slice the desired number of slabs like a pizza, into 6 to 8 triangular wedges each.

Then mix and match as many toppings as you’d like for a treat that’s sure to please! Try mint, sliced strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced or halved grapes, sliced banana, shredded coconut, raisins, dried goji berries or cranberries, thinly sliced peaches, plums, or pears—so many yummy flavor combinations!

For an added Summer-y twist, you could even add chopped frozen berries and bananas instead! What a great way to cool off on a hot day!

watermelon pizza partyMake it saucy!

You don’t need a “sauce,” but if you’d like to include one, some great options are honey or agave syrup, honey glaze (honey mixed with a little water to make it more spreadable), plain nut or seed butter, plain or flavored yogurt, yogurt mixed with a little honey, or yogurt mixed with some peanut butter or other nut or seed butter (any ratio you’d like)!

Add some crunch!

Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, poppy, etc.), whole or chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, macadamia, walnuts, etc.), granola, and/or whole-grain small or crushed cereal (rice puffs, corn flakes, O-shaped cereals, mini ball-shaped cereals, etc.) make great and healthy additions to your fruity “pizza!”

Sweet and savory!

Don’t be afraid to try savory toppings as well! You can try a “Greek Salad Pizza” with some basil, Feta, red onions, and kalamata olives! Or just mix and match a mild cheese (crumbled Feta, ricotta, or mozzarella) with kalamata olives or basil. Or use ingredients from your favorite watermelon salad!

watermelon-pizza-savoryWith a protein (yogurt, cheese, or nut butter) and a whole grain (cereal or granola), this could even make a great breakfast option! You could do most of the prep the night before and store your slices in a covered casserole dish in the fridge. If you want them to stay crispy and chewy, just save the “dry” ingredients like coconut, cereal, and raisins until you’re ready to serve!

For some more easy fruity treat ideas, try MOMables Frozen Fruit Kabobs, Fresh Fruit Yogurt, Banana Split Bites, Watermelon Pops, Fruit Ice Cubes, Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites, and Fresh Fruit & Lemonade Popsicles!

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Chocolate-Dipped Oranges

Orange you glad that this is the perfect dessert for kids (and you)?

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Okay, so I know you spend tons of time fretting over healthy lunches, dinners, and breakfasts for your kids, and of course you do an excellent job, but it’s okay to treat yourself and your kids to a little something sweet every once in a while! Here at MOMables, we are all about having fun with healthy and delicious foods; gotta’ keep it entertaining, right?

Why should the terms “treat” or “dessert” only apply to sugar-filled stuff? I love turning something healthy into a treat instead! Subscribe to the MOMables e-newsletter to have healthy ideas like these delivered right to your inbox!

These chocolate-covered orange segments are the perfect treat—yummy and EASY!

Lunchbox Treat: Chocolate-Dipped Oranges!

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  • Yield: 3

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips or chunks (or a 3-4 ounce chocolate bar, broken into rough chunks)
  • 1-2 teaspoons shortening or coconut oil, if needed
  • 3 mandarin or satsuma oranges, peeled and separated

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Melt your chocolate. You can use a double boiler, a fondue pot, or the microwave. To microwave, heat in a small microwave-safe dish for 1 minute, then in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. If the chocolate seems too thick, add 1 teaspoon shortening or coconut oil. Add more if necessary.
  3. Dip each orange segment into the chocolate, rolling to coat both sides if your chocolate is too shallow. Coat one-half to three-fourths of the way up each slice. Let some excess chocolate drip off, then place on the prepared baking sheet, separating them at least 1-inch apart so that their chocolate puddles won’t touch.
  4. If the chocolate cools before you’re finished, you can re-melt it as above.
  5. Place the tray in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, then serve or store refrigerated in an airtight container.
  6. They will start to dry out, but can last a few days in the fridge and still be tasty!

Notes

Most chocolate bars already contain an emulsifier, so you usually won’t need added oil or shortening. Chocolate chips and candy melts tend to be very thick, so they may not cover all three oranges without added oil to thin.

 

For some other healthy foods-turned-to-treats, check out these MOMables recipes:

39 super easy to make banana split bites via Momables.com

Banana Split Bites Recipe: Better than Fruit Salad! {video}

What’s better than a fruit salad? These fun banana split bites of course!

Banana Split Bites Snack Recipe MOMables.com

These sweet pieces of frozen fruit encased in a chocolate shell is the perfect after school snack your kids will love! Oh! If you need more ideas, click here.

Ditch the chocolate cookies, ice-cream and whipped toppings. Most are full of unidentifiable ingredients and very little nutrition.

Our banana split bites have all the delicious flavors you get from a banana split in bite-size form!

Check out how easy they are to make:

Bonus: it’s not as messy as a real banana split.

Each serving is skewered through a popsicle stick -a kid favorite- and it makes it portable and the perfect treat for your kids’ lunchbox.

I know these don’t actually contain ice cream… but because the fruit is frozen you really get the “ice cream feel”.

If you are anything like me, you are usually taking a bite (or two) of the afternoon treats along with your kids. This is one MOMtreat you won’t feel guilty about eating!

Yes, haven’t you heard? There are health benefits of eating chocolate (in moderation). Another bonus to the great taste of these sweet treats is that they are low-carbohydrate (diabetic friendly).

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Freeze these overnight, and stick them in your child’s lunchbox in the morning, directly on an ice pack. They will have thawed a little bit by lunchtime, which is exactly how they’re enjoyed best!

You can stick the entire lunch container in the freezer and pull it out right before heading out to after school activities or weekend soccer games. I prefer stainless steel containers since they are better temperature conductors but any lunch box will work!

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Banana Split Bites

Makes 12 Bites

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  • Cuisine: Treats

Ingredients

  • 12 1″ pieces pineapple
  • 1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren’t too ripe)
  • 6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
  • 2.5oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
  2. Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
  5. Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
  6. If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Notes

Make sure that your bananas aren’t too ripe. If you use a ripe banana the sugars break down, which will result in a mushy banana once thawed. Using an unripe banana with prevent this.

 

Carbohydrate Breakdown:

  • 1 bite-sized piece of banana= 3
  • 1″ piece of pineapple= 2
  • 1/2 medium strawberry= 1
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dark chocolate (total varies depending on type and brand)= 4

Carbohydrate total per Banana Split Bite= 10 carbohydrates

 

14 Peanut Butter Pudding: Healthy, delicious, and easy!

This Peanut Butter Pudding is a quick, delicious and healthy treat for your family. It makes a perfect lunch treat or an after-school snack!

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Easy 3 ingredient peanut butter pudding MOMables.com

MOMables is always creating easy, kid-friendly recipes — recipes using REAL food ingredients. Real food that can be made quickly goes hand in hand with the school lunch plan philosophy.

This Peanut Butter Pudding only has three ingredients and comes together in 5 minutes. That’s right, in five minutes you have a creamy pudding that is high in protein, calcium, healthy fats and low in sugar!

At my local grocery store, I’m fortunate to have a nut butter grinding station; each week, I push the little green button on their machine and within seconds, I am watching whole roasted peanuts turn into peanut butter.  It’s amazing.

If you don’t have such a machine (or don’t feel like making your own nut butter at home), use the best, “natural peanut butter” your budget will allow.  Mix it with plain, whole milk yogurt (which will have few additives than reduced fat versions) and a simple banana, and your work is done.  For a little added crunch, you can top it with peanuts or even a few extra slices of fresh banana.

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Peanut Butter Pudding is perfect for adding to a healthy school lunch or serving for an after-school snack.

Or … if no one is looking, it’s good to eat right out of the blender  –not that I know anything about that!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pudding

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (4 servings)
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt

Instructions

  1. Combine the peanut butter and yogurt in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.*
  3. Add the banana slices and blend just until smooth and no longer chunky.
  4. Pour into serving containers and refrigerate or serve immediately.
  5. If desired, top with roasted peanuts for crunch.

Notes

*Depending on the thickness of your peanut butter, you may need to add 1-3 teaspoons of water as you blend the yogurt and peanut butter. Add it a teaspoon at a time to avoid it becoming too runny.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup serving size

 

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