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Twelve simple and healthy dessert snacks that have minimal preparation, quick-step methods and nutritional benefits.

Summer is just around the corner, and for anyone who has been searching for a sweet treat that will hit the spot but remain guilt-free these twelve simple and healthy dessert snack recipes are ready for your everyday repertoire. From pancakes, to peanut butter oats to sorbet and homemade nice-cream there is something for the whole family to enjoy. 

1. Easy Watermelon Sorbet

For those who are searching for something fresh but also like to indulge in the sweeter side, watermelon sorbet is the way.

Ingredients

• 3-4 cups of frozen de-seeded watermelon • 3/4 cup of coconut cream
• Half a small lime

Method

Blend and Enjoy!

2. Two Ingredient Mango Sorbet

A two ingredient simple mango sorbet that cools your cravings throughout the summer months.

Ingredients

• 3 cups of frozen mango • 1 can of coconut milk

Method

Blend and Enjoy!

3. Creamy Coconut Nice-Cream

Summer calls for creamy coconut goodness, nice-cream can be eaten as made or poured into ice cream frozen moulds ready to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 frozen bananas (depending on the desired serving size)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream

Method

Blend and Enjoy!

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice-cream

Perfect for the chocolate lovers a creamy and fresh consistency through healthy and natural ingredients.

Ingredients

• 4 frozen bananas
• 3 tbsp natural peanut butter • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup almond milk

Method

Blend and Enjoy!

5. Very Berry Nice-Cream

An easy and fresh berry combination perfect for a summer afternoon by the pool.

Ingredients

• 2 Frozen bananas
• 1 cup frozen berries
• 2 tbsp almond milk
• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Blend and Enjoy!

6. Chia Pudding

If you’ve been searching for an overnight snack option for those who love to healthy meal prep a chia pudding is a simple recipe that you can change up toppings daily.

Ingredients

• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk

Toppings of choice eg. Banana, Honey, Greek yoghurt

Method

Combine and refrigerate overnight. In the morning the chia seeds will have expanded and softened, ready to top with topping of choice!


7. Overnight Chocolate Oats

A solution for all of the chocolate lovers big and small, chocolate oats are a satisfying overnight breakfast or a ready-to-eat chocolate snack conquering cravings.

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 50-100 grams oats
• 150 ml almond milk
• 1 tbsp natural peanut butter

Toppings of choice eg. Banana, berries, yoghurt or peanut butter.

Method

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Top with toppings of choice and enjoy!

8. Baked Snickers Oats

Offering warm baked goodness of oats, with a melt-in-your mouth sensation the kids (and parents) will love as an after school treat or dessert.

Ingredients

• 1 cup of oats
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
• Dark chocolate chips (optional)

Method

Combine ingredients and blend together.
Transfer the blended mixture to a small baking dish.
Top with dark chocolate chips (optional) and a small
tsp of natural peanut butter in the middle before baking for 15 mins. The peanut butter will melt into the chocolate oats and be ready to enjoy!

9.Banana and Egg Pancake

Sunday morning breakfast just got a whole lot healthier, nutritious and delicious these pancakes are a simple revision to your classic repertoire.

Ingredients

• 1-2 mashed banana
• 2 eggs
• 1 tbsp Chia seeds / LSA Mix (Optional)

Toppings of choice eg. Mixed Berries, Greek Yoghurt, Honey, Peanut Butter.

Method

Mash the banana and combine in a bowl with eggs. Optional to add chia seeds or LSA mix-ins. Whisk until fully combined. Cook in a saucepan for roughly 5 minutes each side [lipping like a regular pancake until cooked on both sides!

Top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!

10. Cookie Dough

For all those cookie loving kids (big kids included) this recipe is a simple way to satisfy your cravings.

Ingredients

• 1 cup oat [lour
• 1/3 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup dates
• 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips • 1 tsp vanilla

Method

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate!

11. Peanut Butter and Date Cookies

The cookies that will transform your baking, a gluten and guilt free alternative, these can also be a great Christmas cookie.

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup natural peanut butter • 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups almond meal

• 1/2 cup chopped dates • 1 tsp baking soda

Method

Mix wet ingredients; peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla in one bowl. Mix dry ingredients; almond meal and baking soda in a seperate bowl. Combine both mixes and fold in the dates to mixture.
Seperate and roll mixture into bowls, [latten and bake for 10 minutes. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

12. Vegan Museli Bars

The perfect lunchbox or after school snack, prepare and store for throughout the week!

Ingredients

• 1 mashed ripe banana
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
• 1/4 cup loosely chopped almonds • 1/4 cup loosely chopped walnuts • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
• 1/4 cup gogi berries

Method

Roast the nuts and oats in the oven for 15 minutes.
In a saucepan combine peanut butter, mashed banana and maple syrup and stir until a melted consistency.
When the oats and nuts are lightly toasted combine them to the saucepan mixture add gogi berries and mix together in a bowl.
Pour the mixture and press down with a spatula into a baking dish lined with paper. Put some more baking paper onto of mix and use the spatula to press down tightly.

Place in fridge for about 1 hour to set.
Take the paper off mixture and cut into bars and Enjoy!

It’s important to teach children from an early age how to manage their emotions and bounce back from any positive or negative moments that they’re faced with. While we may want our little ones to have a carefree upbringing, children at some point, do meet challenges and adversity. Being able to cope with those situations in a healthy way will benefit your children for a lifetime.

Being able to positive self-talk, openly express your emotions, use age-appropriate calming strategies, and generally coping with whatever life throws at us, are all part of a jigsaw puzzle called ‘resilience’. Resilience can change and depend on what is happening at a particular point in time – if you have multiple negative stressors at a vulnerable stage in your life, you can be less resilient.

 

So why is resilience an important skill to develop? Well, it has been found that people who are resilient, or who have good coping skills are healthier, live longer, have happier relationships, are more successful at school and work, and are less likely to feel depressed. The good news is that our capacity to be resilient develops as we age and experience life’s ups and downs. Therefore, by preventing children from experiencing any challenges and disappointments, we are actually preventing them from developing resilience.

People who are resilient, or who have good coping skills are healthier, live longer, have happier relationships, [and] are more successful at school and work

Helping children develop resilience involves the following:

Safe and caring relationships within the family

  • Children do best when they feel loved, understood and are protected from harm. Positive daily interactions with the important people in their lives helps them have confidence to explore their environment, form other caring relationships and ask for help when they need it.

 

Being a positive role model

  • Young children in particular, copy what adults say and do. When parents and other significant adults handle stressful and challenging situations with resilience, this also teaches children resilience. Being a positive role model also includes taking care of your physical and mental health, reaching out to social networks and community resources, and being mindful and present in the moment.

 

When parents and other important adults handle stressful and challenging situations with resilience, this teaches children resilience.

Good sleep, good nutrition and opportunities for lots of movement and play

  • Children thrive when they know what to expect so family rhythms around sleeping and eating can help. Not getting enough sleep and poor nutrition negatively impact children’s ability to learn and regulate their emotions. Play and movement is how children learn about themselves and about how the world around them works. Outside, nature play in particular, is highly beneficial for children.

Play and movement is how children learn about themselves and about how the world around them works.

Labelling your own emotions as well as your child’s

  • This helps children use words rather than their bodies when they are feeling frustrated or challenged; and also helps them develop empathy over time for other people’s feelings.

 

Developing a growth mindset

  • Children who are resilient believe that they, and not their circumstances, affect their achievements. Adults can help develop a growth mindset by commenting on the process, rather than the end result, encouraging children to problem solve by asking “what if” questions and conveying to children that mistakes (and failure) are part and parcel of learning.

 

Providing opportunities for your child to practice waiting and restraint

  • This can be done in an enjoyable and fun way – play games that require turn taking, or sing rhymes and counting songs about waiting, and put in place rituals that require them to wait, eg. only giving them pocket money once a week, or make them wait until the holidays before visiting a fun park.

 

Opportunities for learning and practicing life skills

  • This involves providing opportunities for children to have responsibility for small tasks that allows them to contribute to family life; providing time and opportunity to practice self-care (getting dressed, going to the toilet unaided, feeding themselves). All learning takes time and requires a lot of patience and energy from involved adults. Development of self-care skills increases self-confidence and self-esteem. Time spent on supporting this aspect of development impacts on their dispositions, attitudes and motivation in many areas.

 

 

Supporting children during stressful times

  • Adults do this by facilitating problem solving steps to work through a situation positively, teaching strategies to calm down and relax (relaxation breathing) and chatting about what happened afterwards – which helps to reinforce learning and remind children that things turned out alright in the end even though it was a stressful event

 

Developing a positive outlook

  • A positive outlook builds hope and can change a challenging situation into a more manageable one. Help children develop a positive outlook by being a positive role model, encouraging the use of humour to lighten a situation, thus teaching them that challenges are an opportunity to learn and grow. Spending time in nature and finding meaning in things that happen is a wonderful opportunity to help children develop.

 

Building resilience starts in infancy and continues throughout our lives

Parents have the biggest role to play in helping their children develop resilience. However, parents are not alone, other adults in their child’s life such as teachers and other relatives, plus community support systems and resources also play a significant role.

 

For more information visit:  WiringKids on 0447 648 044 (Julie) or 0402 668 752 (Wendy) or visit www.wiringkids.com.au