Healthy Dessert Ideas for Children's Lunch Boxes in Summers

Written by Tarishi Shrivastava
Published: May 20, 2024

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In this summer season, keeping your kid’s lunchbox appealing is a difficult task. Although it is always easy to give them fruit or granola bar, it is a lot fun to make up some quick and easy desserts and surprise them with it. This way, kids always look forward to their lunch boxes.

When there is extreme heat, you can go for a chilled treat like homemade popsicles or Greek yogurt with fruits. If your children prefer something warm, you can make muffins or cookies as a refreshing option. Even protein bites or energy bites are a good option to give children in the lunchbox.

These desserts are important for children and something they enjoy. Focus on fresh fruits like watermelon, berries, apples, mangoes, and many more for a fruit salad.

With so many delicious options, you can feel good about surprising your kids with nutritious homemade desserts in their summer lunchboxes. The treats will add variety while providing sustained energy to fuel their active afternoons.

Healthy Dessert Ideas for Children's Lunch Boxes in Summers

With creative combinations of colorful whole foods, you can pack desserts for lunch that are healthy and delicious for kids in the summertime.

1. Grain-Free Sweet Potato Blondies

The nutritious sweet potato provides a natural sweetness and cake-like flavor, eliminating the need for refined sugars. Cinnamon spice, non-dairy milk and crunchy nuts add layers of flavor and texture to these blondies, which can be enjoyed as a dessert. When baked, the sweet potatoes become soft and creamy while the edges get deliciously crisp. Sweet potato is a rich source of healthy fats, fiber, iron and carbohydrates making this dish super healthy for your kid's lunch.

2. Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Made from just a few simple ingredients like ripe avocados, melted dark chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla, this mousse comes together easily. The addition of avocados makes this dish rich in healthy fats, fiber and vitamins. To make this dish puree the avocados with the melted chocolate and maple syrup, the mousse is light and airy with a mousse-like texture. Topped with curls of chocolate or fresh raspberries, this chocolate mousse looks elegant, but takes just minutes to prepare.

3. Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

Thick slices of crisp apples are dipped in melted milk chocolate, creating a sweet coating replica of candy bars. After the chocolate sets, the apple slices are drizzled with caramel. To finish these, chopped pecans are sprinkled on top, adding crunch and nutty flavor. Why is this dish healthy for your kids? Because the apple provides them with the essential vitamins, minerals and protein.

4. No-Bake Monster Cookie Energy Bites

These homemade peanut butter and chocolate energy balls are an easy, tasty snack that kids love. With just a few simple ingredients like oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips, you can mix up a batch in minutes. No baking required! The oats add a nice crunch and fiber to make them more filling. Oats contains micronutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, iron, and amino acids, that are helpful in child's growth. Their small size also makes them perfect for giving in lunchboxes.

5. Banana Split Bites

Picking bright, ripe fruit like bananas, juicy strawberries, and sweet pineapple chunks, slide them onto a wooden skewer as you build a fruity kebab. Carefully dip the tip of the skewer into melted chocolate, letting the liquid coat each piece of fruit with a delicious chocolate shell. Then roll the chocolate-covered fruit in a bowl filled with finely chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, so they stick to the chocolate, adding crunch. Bananas are a healthy source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B & C, which makes these bites a healthy one.

6. Maple Vanilla Bean Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies make a delightful treat for kids. A healthy switch with maple syrup is perfect for your kids. This cuts down the intake of refined sugar and makes it sweeter. The maple syrup used in this is an excellent choice if you want to maintain stable blood glucose levels. The cookie looks like a little cloud but bursts with flavor in each bite. The use of egg whites in these cookies also makes it an excellent choice for kids.

7. No-Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge

All you need are a few simple ingredients like peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Peanut butter is a great source of calcium and iron. Start by melting the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Next, stir in the peanut butter until fully combined. Add the coconut oil too for extra creaminess. Once everything is melted together, mix in the cocoa powder which gives the fudge its signature chocolatey flavor. Pour the fudge mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper and drizzle some melted peanut butter on top in a fun pattern. Let it freeze for an hour, so it sets up nicely. Then slice it into bite-sized pieces and enjoy this tasty homemade fudge.

8. Homemade Chocolate Banana Ice Cream 

This dessert is a perfect combination of chocolate and banana, which creates the perfect ice cream-like texture while also being a healthier, gluten-free option for kids. To make this one, blend frozen bananas with a spoonful of cocoa powder. The result is a luscious, silky-smooth ice cream that melts in kids' mouths. The natural sweetness of the banana provides the perfect foil to the deep, complex flavors of the chocolate, resulting in a flavor profile that matches that of chocolate banana ice cream without being heavy on the fats or dairy. To make it even more interesting, add a swirl of peanut butter on top.


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