If they could, most kids would probably choose dessert for every meal. Dessert has the exciting reputation of being a treat that kids only get after they finish their more boring and healthy dinners. On a special occasion or to make any day a little more sweet, serve up dessert for breakfast or dinner.
Custard and Pudding Breakfasts
Light, creamy custards introduce your kids to creative textures. Simply mix eggs, low-fat milk and honey together and bake, seasoning with nutmeg, cinnamon or ginger. Add a splash of vanilla or almond extract for a richer flavor, and serve the custard in small bowls with fresh berries on top. Bread pudding is a hearty dessert-style breakfast for cold mornings. Use lightly sweet bread as the base, such as honey wheat or banana bread, mixed with eggs, honey and cinnamon. Raisins add a boost of nutrients.
Cake and Pie Breakfasts
Cake or pie for breakfast is a thrill for kids of all ages. Kids usually love the spiciness of gingerbread cake, whether around the holiday season or during the summer. Add chopped pears for some tart, fruity flavor. Lemon poppy-seed cake combines a light crunch with the sweet citrus taste of lemons. Bananas traditionally show up on the breakfast table, but they've never tasted better than as part of a banana cheese pie, made with low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese.
As an easy dinner option, sandwiches are still simple and tasty when made with sweet ingredients. Slice homemade or store-bought pound cake into squares. Pile on whipped cream and mixed berries as a colorful sandwich spread. Spread peanut butter between two healthy, tasty cookies, such as oatmeal raisin or homemade dark chocolate chip. Crepes are easy to assemble by cooking very thin pancakes and wrapping them around hazelnut butter, chopped nuts and sliced bananas or apples.
Transform a kid-friendly favorite into a sweet treat for a playful blend of dinner and dessert. To keep dinner from being too sugary, avoid candy toppings and opt for fruit. Use chilled cookie dough or whip up your own, choosing a basic flavor such as sugar cookie or oatmeal. Form the cookie dough into a large circle. Once the cookie is baked, spread the top with low-fat whipped cream and a variety of sliced or whole fruits. For instance, try strawberry halves, whole blueberries and ripe raspberries. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top for a little crunch and protein.
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