Desserts

Healthy Banana Split

Ingredients: 1 banana 3 tsp Greek yogurt 2 slices of strawberries 3 blueberries Directions: Cut the banana lengthwise. Place one of the halves on the plate, cut side up. Spoon yogurt onto the banana to cover. Place strawberry slices and blueberries on top of yogurt. Tip: Have the kids make their own banana split. It’s …

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Lentil Granola Bars

Ingredients: 2/3 cup shredded coconut 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup pellet-like bran cereal 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3/4 cup lentil puree* 1/2 cup canola oil 1 egg, beaten 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries or raisins   Directions:  Preheat oven to 350F. Make sure …

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Edible Santa Claus

Ingredients: Pancake or toast without crust (face) Raspberries or sliced strawberries (hat and nose) Sliced bananas (eyes and beard) Blueberries (center of eyes) Yogurt and unsweetened shredded coconut (pompom and hat border) Small plate for each child Butter knife for each child Plastic wrap to cover Santa Claus and share with families Directions: Read a …

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Grinch Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients: Mini marshmallows Strawberries, tops sliced off Banana, peeled and sliced Green grapes Toothpicks Instructions: First wash and cut your fruit. On each toothpick, assemble your kabob as follows: one mini marshmallow, one strawberry, one banana slice, and one green grape. Enjoy!   Recipe adapted from: MOMables.com

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Banana muffins

What you need: 1 cup of whole wheat flour 1 cup of quick-cooking oatmeal ½ cup of packed brown sugar 2 tsp. of baking powder 1 egg ½ cup of skim or 1% milk 1 cup of mashed banana ¼ cup of vegetable oil Non-stick cooking spray How to: Pre-heat oven to 400⁰F (200⁰C) Lightly …

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Bony Fingers

Ingredients: Mozzarella string cheese sticks 1 Tbsp. cream cheese, softened 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and seeded Instructions: Cut string cheese sticks in half. With a paring knife, shape each stick to resemble fingers. Cut an indentation for the fingernails and carve “knuckle wrinkles.” Spread a small amount of cream cheese in each indent. Cut …

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Banana Ghost Pops

Ingredients: Bananas Yogurt Coconut Chocolate chips or raisins Instructions: Peel bananas and lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, cut each banana into thirds. Put a toothpick or popsicle stick in one end of each banana. Dip banana into yogurt, making sure it is covered all …

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Edible Eyeballs

Ingredients: Carrots Cream cheese Pitted black olives Instructions: Slice carrots into 1-inch-thick chunks. Top each with a blob of cream cheese and one half of a pitted black olive. Serve and enjoy!   Recipe adapted from: Family Fun Magazine

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Tangerine Pumpkins

Ingredients: Tangerines, mandarin oranges or clementines (seedless) Celery stalks and leaves Instructions: Peel tangerines, use your fingernail or a small paring knife to scrape off as much white membranes as possible. Wash, dry and slice celery. Cut 1-2 inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines. Cut leaves …

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Cool berry smoothies

What you need: 1 cup of frozen berries 1 cup of milk 1 cup of vanilla or lemon yogurt ¼ tsp. of cinnamon 2 tbsp. of sugar How to: Place berries, milk, yogurt, cinnamon and sugar in the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve into four tumblers or put in the fridge. Serves four …

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Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Grand Price Winner – 2016 Healthy Start Recipe Challenge What you need: 2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed and mashed* 1½ cups whole wheat flour 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp. salt 6 large eggs 2 cups granulated sugar ½ cup unsweetened applesauce ¼ cup canola oil 4 tsp. vanilla …

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Fresh Fruit Roll Ups

Third Place Winner – 2016 Healthy Start Recipe Challenge What you need: 3 cups any fruit Sugar to taste How to: Preheat oven to 170°F. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. Blend ingredients until smooth. Poor mixture onto cookie sheet. Spread it out evenly. Bake at 170°F for 6-8 hours until center isn’t sticky. Let …

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