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1 These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

5 Healthy Desserts for School Lunches

We all need a sweet treat now and then. Mine is always chocolate–I can’t get enough! I know my kids like to have a little dessert in their school lunches, and I like to know what I’m giving them.

Have you looked at the ingredients in some of the packaged desserts? I prefer to give my kids healthier treats most of the time, saving store-bought desserts for special times. Plus, some of us have to watch out for certain ingredients because of our children’s allergies.

That’s why we do what we do here at MOMables! We want to give you easy, nutritious meals suited for the whole family. Get a free week of lunch and dinner recipes here

Even we love dessert, too! Here’s 5 healthy desserts for your kids’ school lunches that you’ll feel good about packing!

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

1. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

This should really be called superfood pudding! Avocados add tons of nutrition, and cocoa powder is full of good-for-you antioxidants. This only requires a blender and 4 ingredients. Simply pack it in individual containers, and your kids won’t even guess how healthy this chocolate pudding is! This dessert is perfect for any child with food allergies, too.

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Cheesecake is always a favorite dessert, and this treat has all the delicious cheesecake flavors in a convenient yogurt parfait! This is even better than store-bought fruit yogurt, since those can usually pack way more sugar than you think. Buying plain vanilla Greek yogurt allows you control of exactly what you put into it, making it the perfect base for all the delicious cheesecake flavors!

3. Apple Pie Cookies

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

These delightfully sweet treats are like a classic apple pie in cookie form! These also have a gluten-free option if you’re packing for a child with an allergy. These are so good that you’ll even pack one or two for your own lunch, too!

4. Chocolate Dipped Oranges

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Put a fun twist on fruit by dipping them in a little chocolate (since that makes everything better, right?). You’ll feel good knowing your kid is getting in a serving of fruit. These simple dipped oranges slices can be made ahead of time for an easy dessert that’s ready to go in the morning!

5. Cookie Dough Yogurt Parfait

These 5 healthy desserts are easy and more nutritious than store-bought treats! Your kids will love the sweet treat and you'll love the secret nutrition.

Enjoy all the delicious flavors of cookie dough without worrying about the raw egg! This version is full of protein, too, from the yogurt, so it makes this a healthier way to enjoy a favorite treat. Minimal ingredients and prep time will have you coming back to this dessert recipe for all your kids’ school lunches.

Pack these easy, delicious, healthy desserts in your kids’ lunches and they won’t even know they’re nutritious!

Keep checking back here at MOMables to make mealtime a little easier.

 

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Piggy Cupcakes for Lunch

Need grab-and-go meal options? Here is a fun one for you.  These “piggy cupcakes” will be a huge hit. Plus, the batter is made with Greek yogurt, so that’s an added protein bonus.

The bread alone would be delicious baked in a loaf and used for reubens or even a chicken sandwich. By baking them this way in a muffin pan, I was able to transform a favorite “Man Meal” into a “Manly Lunch Box Hit.”

Of course, my daughter got a kick out of the fact that I called them “cupcakes.”

The bread takes a little time to prepare, but that’s why I love baking and planning my meals on quiet Sunday afternoons. A little effort on the weekend = ready-made lunch items for the week! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze for future use. The recipe yields 12 to 14 cupcakes.

We make ours gluten-free by substituting the flour, and I’ve also made this recipe egg-free by subbing a flax egg (see note).

Piggy Cupcakes
 
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Cuisine: Lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (or 1 flax egg)
  • 2¼ cups flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour (If using gluten-free flour that doesn't contain xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 cup sauerkraut (drained well), or 1 large apple, grated
  • 2 low-fat smoked sausage or Kielbasa links (12 to 14 ounces total)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir the yeast and warm water together, then set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the yogurt, honey, butter, salt, egg, and ¼ cup of the flour. (Add xanthan gum here, if needed.)
  3. Add the yeast water, and mix again. Add the sauerkraut and the remaining 2 cups of the flour. Mix thoroughly.
  4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until it's plump, then place it back into your mixing bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place until it doubles in size (about 1½ hours).
  5. Punch the dough down again. Let it rise again until it doubles in size.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  7. At this point, you can either bake the bread in a loaf pan, or continue with the recipe to make the kielbasa cups.
  8. Lightly coat muffin pans with cooking spray, then fill each cup three-quarters full with dough.
  9. Slice the sausage into even pieces the depth of your tin. Press a piece into the center of each cup.
  10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Notes
To make a flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Mix until creamy, and let stand for 10 minutes until a gel-like consistency forms.
 

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