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Healthy Snacks & Desserts for Toddlers and Preschoolers (and parents too!)

Looking to get away from prepackaged snacks with hard to pronounce ingredients…and start making some healthy goodies for your child to snack on?

I’ve got some FANTASTIC recipes to share with you!

healthy snacks for toddlers and preschoolers

Banana Cinnamon Muffins | Photo: Multiply Delicious

Most of these recipes have no refined sugar (except the ice cream) as most are sweetened with honey or maple syrup, they’re higher in protein and fiber, and are made with real ingredients!

Because snacks are really important, especially for kids.

If chosen wisely, they’ll boost nutrition, help keep energy and blood sugar levels more stable and will help to develop healthy eating habits going forward.

And let’s face it, a hungry kid is a cranky kid. Best to avoid that whenever possible!

So here you go…some of my go-to Healthy Snack (and healthier dessert) Recipes!


Apple Cinnamon Muffins – These have diced apples, but you can also use applesauce

Pumpkin Muffins | Photo: Empowered Sustenance

Pumpkin Muffins | Photo: Empowered Sustenance

Blueberry Muffins – These are the BEST gluten free blueberry muffins I have ever made. Hands down.

Banana Cinnamon Bun Muffins – If your child like toast with cinnamon and sugar, give these a try!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins – LOVE.

Pumpkin Muffins – These smell and taste divine!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – I’m a sucker for anything with chocolate chips!

Banana Bread – This is a GREAT recipe, but not nut free. If you’re like us and can’t eat nuts, try this nut free Banana Bread recipe.

Banana Zucchini Bread – Zucchini is one of those veggies that hides well in baked goods…

Chocolate Zucchini Bread – With cocoa powder

Crispy Cauliflower

Crispy Cauliflower

Spiced Banana Bread – With a secret healthy ingredient!

Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts – Pumpkin and cinnamon were made for each other!

Coconut Flour Donuts – So yummy.


Baked Beet Chips – If your child likes chips, try these!

Crispy Kale Chips – Both of my kids devour these…they are crispy and a bit salty and so yummy!

Cauliflower Popcorn – These are addictive! The key is to cut the cauliflower into popcorn sized pieces. I’ve also used used different spices (garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, thyme and celery seed)


Protein Bars | Photo:

Protein Bars | Photo: Quiche a Week

Homemade No Bake Protein Bars – For those bar-lovers out there!

Coconut Covered Raisins – Much healthier than the ones that come in a box!

Chocolate Sunbutter Bites – Yum.

Gummies – What kid doesn’t like fruit leather?


Low Carb Cheetos – perhaps with a healthier spice (not popcorn seasoning)

Nutella – Without all the unhealthy ingredients…

Homemade Marshmellos – Because the store bought ones are really unhealthy!

Pop Tarts – Way better than the store bought version!

Lemonade Fruit Snacks – Great gummy snacks for summertime

Fruit Snacks – Have you read the ingredients on store bought gummy bears??

Homemade Fruit Juice Gelatin – Jello that’s really healthy!


Peppermint Patties – Made with real ingredients, including coconut oil and real peppermint oil

Chocolate Caramel Cups – These look like Reese peanut butter cups, but have a healthier filling.

Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Photo: Living Healthy With Chocolate

Coconut Cake with Lemon Curd, Strawberries and Cream

Chocolate Gelatin Bars

Fudgesicles – My kids love these

17 Natural Popsicle Recipes – These are more interesting than just fruit juice popsicles

Chocolate Beet Cupcakes – Beets “hidden” in chocolate recipes are awesome – they are moist and you can’t taste the veggies!

Paleo Fudgy Brownies – With avocado and sunflower seed butter!

Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies


Of course, snacks are the icing on the cake, so to speak. Obviously some of these recipes are healthier than others, but if you have a pop tart lover in your house, making the transition to this healthier version is a step in the right direction!

And remember, without healthy meals, good-for-you snacks can only do so much! If you’re looking for recipes for healthier meals, check out my ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Know another mom or dad who needs some snacktime inspiration? Please share!



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