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Healthy and Delicious Desserts for Babies and Toddlers

Updated on February 23, 2012
Desserts for your baby should be low in sugar
Desserts for your baby should be low in sugar

What makes a Dessert Healthy?

I'm always on the look out for healthy and yummy deserts to feed my baby and toddler. Obviously fruit and yoghurt are the obvious choices but can get a bit boring after a while so here are a few simple recipes to make more interesting treats for your little ones.

The main principles of healthy eating for babies is that food should be:

  • Reasonably high in fat- they need it at this age to help them grow
  • Low in Salt
  • Low in Sugar
  • Contain some form of nutritional goodness- vitamins and fibre from fruit, dairy from yoghurt etc.


Cold Desserts

Strawberry Mousse

Ingredients:

  1. 1Packet of sugar free strawberry jelly
  2. 500ml of full fat Greek yoghurt
  3. 500 ml of full fat fromage frais
  4. 200 ml boiling water

Method:

  1. Mix jelly with 200 ml of boiling water and stir well until dissolved
  2. Add yoghurt and fromage frais to a bowl and add jelly. Mix together until combined
  3. Leave to set in fridge for 1hour
  4. Enjoy!

Instant Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  1. 500ml of Full Fat Greek yoghurt
  2. 500g frozen fruit
  3. 1 tsp of honey to sweeten (optional-don't feed honey to a baby younger than 1)

Method:

  1. Place yoghurt, frozen fruit and honey if using into a blender
  2. Blend until well combined
  3. Serve straight away
  4. This can be kept in freezer for up to an hour but is best eaten straight away

Oaty Tower

Ingredients:

  1. Tablespoon of oats
  2. Chopped dried fruits- dates, cranberries, sultanas, apricots etc.
  3. Full Fat Yoghurt
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Honey, maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)


Method:

  1. Get a glass of plastic beaker if you'd prefer
  2. Put a layer of dried fruit at the bottom
  3. Cover with a layer of yoghurt
  4. Cover with a thin layer of oats
  5. Repeat the above three layers
  6. Add a final layer of yoghurt and sprinkle with cinnamon, some more chopped fruit and a drizzle of honey etc. if desired.

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