Posted: Mar 29, 2012 10:55 PM
 
Moms, is it possible to satisfy your child's never-ending sweet tooth with a dessert void of sugar? allParenting aimed to find out, and we found these awesome, kid-tested, no-sugar-added recipes that the whole family will love.

Banana oatmeal cookies

These banana oatmeal cookies are so yummy and healthy, you could serve them to your kids for breakfast – sans guilt!

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2-1/4 cups sliced bananas, lightly packed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Coat with oil and set aside.
  4. Fork-mash the bananas and mix with raisins.
  5. Add the banana-raisin mixture to the oats mixture and combine well
  6. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake eight to 12 minutes.

Peanut butter pumpkin bars

These ooey gooey creamy pumpkin bars will have your whole family craving more. If you want, you can swap out the peanut butter for almond butter, sunflower butter or even nutella, and trade out the dried cranberries for golden raisins or dried cherries.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 

  • 2 cups whole rolled oats 
(slow cook variety)
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in order and stir to combine. 

  3. Spread mixture in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

  4. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool completely before serving.


Frozen strawberry orange pops

Perfect for a hot summer day, these frozen fruit popsicles are a must-have no-sugar-added treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries, washed and stems removed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (strained, if your kids don't like the pulp) or store bought 100 percent orange juice with no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar

Directions

  1. Blend ingredients until completely liquefied.
  2. Pour into popsicle containers or small paper cups.
  3. If using the latter, cover cups with plastic wrap and poke a small hole in the center.
  4. Insert a wooden popsicle stick through so the plastic will hold it up straight.


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