Homemade “LaraBars”

no sugar coconut fudge bars, foodlets

THESE HOMEMADE LARABARS couldn’t have come sooner. Eating less sugar is one of our family food goals this year. And while we’re usually pretty good at watching sweets I knew things might go off the rails over the holidays when three year old Estelle only wanted one thing for Christmas: a chocolate bear. Since our oldest is just five,… 

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mini pumpkin cakes with pumpkin cream frosting

pumpkin cakes horizontal

WHEN HALLOWEEN ROLLS AROUND, there’s no shortage of sugary goodies available (for instance at the hair cutting place, at the bank…) but nutritious Halloween treats for kids? Not many. Like a lot of you, I’m not trying to ban sweets. I just want to help our kids develop a habit of eating sweets occasionally. As a treat…. 

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super simple tangerine pudding cups

pudding pumpkins

THIS SUPER SIMPLE HALLOWEEN IDEA can be made in minutes. We did a step-by-step tutorial for these pumpkins on eHow (plus two of our other popular Halloween foods for kids: string cheese witches brooms and spooky spider eggs.)  The main ingredients are simple: pudding (we used chocolate and here’s delicious looking homemade recipe but you could… 

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Mango Sorbet, a recipe excerpt from “100 Days of Real Food”

mango sorbet, 100 days of real food

  {Reprinted with permission from “100 Days of Real Food” by Lisa Leake. Enter to win 1 of 3 copies right now!} Sorbet is an extremely refreshing dessert, especially when it’s made with only a few simple ingredients, including fresh fruit. This is the perfect treat on a hot summer day or as a follow-up dish to… 

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peaches & creamsicles: sugar-free ice pops

peaches and cream ice pops

REMEMBER HOW I HAVE MORE PEACHES THAN our kids have partially dressed baby dolls thrown all over the house? We’ve done a health(ier) peach crisp, no sugar peach roll-ups, and a whole-wheat pancake with wedges of juicy peaches lining the top. Then we got serious. Into our trusty blender went fresh peaches, half & half plus… 

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melon & mint ice pops

melon and mint ice pops

IF YOU HAVE A TEETHING TODDLER, you’ll know why I made frozen melon ice pops last week instead of just serving the little rascals a few wedges of cantaloupe. These cool treats certainly aren’t limited to those walking around with three fingers stuffed in their little mouths though. Our preschoolers were cheering when they saw these pops come… 

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homemade blackberry creamsicle ice pops

homemade blackberry creamsicle ice pops

NOPE. There’s no sugar in these babies. Just milk, yogurt, a dash of maple syrup and fresh blackberries–though you could use any fruit you (and more importantly, the kids) like. With summertime in full swing around here (read: 90 degree days) homemade ice pops hit the spot. That’s good news because thanks to help from… 

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low sugar lemon cupcakes with marshmallow flowers

purple marshmallow flower cupakes, foodlets.com

SHHH. There’s a very small person sleeping right next to me, which is the only reason I’m able to post today’s recipe. That, and even on Father’s Day, my brave husband has taken all three of our “bigger” kids out to breakfast and to church. Alone. Let’s pause to pray for him, shall we?Sweet Violet… 

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3 simple frozen treats your kids will love

homemade popsicles for kids, foodlets

IT’S 90 DEGREES IN NORTH CAROLINA TODAY–that’s 99 degrees in pregnant lady temperatures.  With my due date for baby #4 officially a day behind me and my stomach WAY out in front of me, I can think of no better reason to share a few of my favorite popsicle recipes for kids. Each is low… 

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better-for-you double chocolate banana muffins, a “smitten kitchen” makeover

double chocolate banana mini muffins, foodlets

THERE ARE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE WHO LOVE MUFFINS. And we’ve made a lot of them. Banana muffins with millet, banana oat, chocolate zucchini and more. But none, not a single mini muffin, bug-shaped muffin or big ol’ muffin in the bunch compares to these. I have a toddler who now cries at the sight… 

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a new spin on chocolate chip cookies: add mint

healthier mint chocolate chip cookies, foodlets

THIS ONE’S SIMPLE. To make mint chocolate chip cookies just follow two steps: 1. Take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and add two things: 1 teaspoon of pure mint extract plus a few drops of green food coloring OR 1/3 cup pureed spinach (and boost the flour by 1/4 cup). 2. Find your favorite… 

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maple syrup sweetened chocolate cake: a (pretty) low sugar birthday party, happy birthday estelle!

estelle with cake

WHEN I ASKED ESTELLE WHAT SHE WANTED for her 3rd birthday, she said, “chocolate cake with chocolate frosting”. Okay, then I explained that she could ask for presents too, like at Christmas time. “Oh!,” she said. “And a chocolate bear.” That’s what she got in her stocking, apparently making quite an impression–more so than the… 

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no-bake oatmeal chocolate chip energy cookies

no-bake oatmeal energy cookies, foodlets

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING–Why would my kids need more energy!?–and I hear you. About the 50th time I’ve scooped George off the kitchen counter each day, or looked down only to find something like this happening, I have the same thought. And also this one. Who can make such a mess with toothpicks?

strawberry cream puffs, a step-by-step recipe

strawberry cream puffs, foodlets

I’M A BIT OF A SUCKER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY. The kids don’t even know what it is, but now that we’re back in the US, I’m diving into all the special occasions, big and small. That’s why I can’t wait to serve them these little strawberry cream puffs on February 14. They’re pink, they’re easy… 

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