Made out of sugar and artificial flavors, empty calories, and almost no nutrimental intake, candy is probably the most popular children’s treat in the world.
For neurotypical children, candies and treats represent a risk of cavities, obesity, and diabetes. But for children on the spectrum, it can additionally lead to increasing autistic behaviors and more aggressive conduct.
Today, we decided to share with you a few healthy and delicious alternatives to desserts and treats that will be loved by all the family!
Homemade fruit rollers is a sweet and chewy treat loaded with nutrients.
You can use any fruit you want — we recommend mangoes and blueberries.
- 2–3 cups (330–495 grams) of mangoes
- 2–3 tablespoons (15–30 ml) of honey (If desired)
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of lemon juice
- Blend the mangoes in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Add honey and lemon juice and blend a little more.
- Pour the mixture into a baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread to 1/8–1/4-inch (0.3–0.6-cm) thickness.
- Bake at 140–170°F (60–77°C) or the lowest temperature in your oven for 4–6 hours.
- Allow to cool, then remove from the tray.
- Cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips and wrap with parchment paper before rolling them up.
“Nice cream” refers to fruit-based, dairy-free ice cream, which you can make by blending frozen fruit with optional add-ins — like , honey, or coconut milk — and freezing the mix.
Here’s an easy recipe to get you started:
Strawberry-banana ‘nice cream’
- 1 large, peeled, frozen banana
- 1 cup (144 grams) of frozen strawberries
Cut the into slices and the strawberries into halves. Pulse in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides when necessary. Set in a sugar-free, gluten-free ice cream cone, and enjoy!
Healthy Cookie Dough
Edible cookie dough is an egg-free batter that makes a scrumptious snack.
For a healthy version, use chickpeas instead of flour to increase the fiber and protein content.
Chickpea-based edible cookie dough
- 1 cup (164 grams) of cooked chickpeas
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) of manuka honey
- 1/4 cup (65 grams) of natural peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) of oats
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of almond milk
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- a handful of sugar-free chocolate chips
In a food processor, blend all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. When smooth, place the dough in a bowl and mix in the chocolate chips. Enjoy!
If you’ve never tried avocado chocolate pudding before, this healthy recipe will take you completely by surprise! It is rich and silky smooth… and you really can’t taste the avocado.
- the flesh of 2 ripe avocados (240g)
- 1/4 cup sugar-free cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup OR melted sugar-free chocolate chips
- 3-4 tbsp milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 manuka honey.
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Enjoy!
What’s your child’s favorite treat? Have you ever tried making healthy substitutions to it? Let us know in the comments below!
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