When my kids started school, I quickly discovered that my only approach to keeping their food real and whole was to offer them improved versions of what they saw their friends packing in their lunches. I love chocolate, but I’m otherwise not a huge fan of dessert. My kids, on the other hand, ask for dessert a LOT, so we’ve gotten creative. Over the years, I have become a pro at tweaking any recipe to make things a little healthier, and dessert doesn’t have to be an exception. As we enter the holiday season, I’ll share some of my ideas for tweaking some favorite sweets. I’ve also found that these dessert recipes get my kids super excited to help in the process of creating real, whole, and delicious treats!

No Bake Cookies

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (almond, cashew, or tahini are great options too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of rolled oats (I use gluten free)

Use organic ingredients whenever possible

In medium sauce pan mix butter, maple syrup, and cocoa.  Bring to rolling boil for 1 to 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and quickly mix in peanut butter, vanilla, and oats.  

Drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

 Remove from wax paper and store in refrigerator in container until eaten:)  Ours don’t last long!  Enjoy