You might be on a diet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sweet treat at your kids’ birthday party! They’re going to ask you to have a bite with them, and you certainly don’t want to disappoint anyone. But, you don’t want to cheat on your weight-loss plan, either. Don’t worry: we’ve got your back with these cute dessert ideas for kids’ birthdays. Each recipe is easy to make at home and features healthy ingredients. Many of them are portion controlled, too, to help you keep from reaching for an extra-large slice of cake.
As a bonus, most of these recipes use smart sugar alternatives, so your kids won’t be bouncing off the walls with a sugar high (which, I’m sure all the other parents will appreciate, too!). So forget about picking up a store-bought cake, which is filled with processed flours and refined sugar. Don’t even think about making a fruit pie, because the kids are NOT going to eat it. Instead, think outside the box with these cute dessert ideas for kids’ birthdays. They’ll be so adorable and delicious that no one (except you) will know how healthy they are.
Summertime birthday party? The kids will love the flavor of this healthy, coconut mango ice cream almost as much as you’ll love making it for them!
I used to beg my parents to take me to the pizza buffet down the street as a kid. Sure, they had good pizza, but I was more interested in the dessert pizza. These clean-eating tarts are made with sweet, nutritious ingredients, and the kids love them (probably because it looks like dessert pizza.) 😉
Cupcakes are a perfect choice for cute dessert ideas for kids’ birthdays. You can decorate them with colored frosting, any number of nonpareils and sprinkles, and no one will notice if they happen to be healthy! Each cupcake only has 237 calories, so you can definitely enjoy one along with the kids.
There isn’t a kid on the planet (at least to my knowledge) that doesn’t try and steal a spoonful of cookie dough when mom’s not looking. These cookie dough bars are made to be eaten raw, so the kids can have their cookie dough and eat it too!
This may be one of the most simple-to-make, kid-friendly desserts on our list. Combining peanut butter with apple may be the greatest union to ever occur, but throwing chocolate into the mix? Genius. Make up a batch or two and watch them fly right off the platter!
These Chocolate Pumpkin Filled Cookies are completely adorable! They look just like Halloween Oreos, so your kids will never know you used low-fat cream cheese as the filling. These cookies are really fun to make, too, so involve your kids in the process to have some family fun.
Attention all chocolate-lovers! These paleo chocolate cupcakes are made with all-natural ingredients and still happen to be seriously delicious. My chocolate game is strong, and these passed my test. I’m confident they’ll pass the kid test, too!
Okay, so kids love cookie dough, but ice cream is probably an extremely close second! Maybe it’s tied for first – I don’t know. What I do know is that this 3-ingredient ice cream is just as delicious as it is easy to make!
Popcorn for dessert? You bet! This is one of my favorite cute dessert ideas for kids’ birthdays because it’s something new and exciting. Even kids can get bored with the eating same old cakes party after party. If you can’t get your kids behind eating popcorn for dessert, call this low-fat, light-and-crunchy dessert “Reeses Pieces Popcorn.”
10. Nutella Puppies
These nutella puppies may be too cute to eat, although it probably wouldn’t stop me. You can prepare these ahead of time or if it’s a small enough party, have the kids make their own. They’re totally adorable and healthy as far as most desserts are concerned.
Kids aren’t too big on cake and cookies? It’s rare but they are out there. For our ice cream lovers, make these Greek yogurt and blueberry popsicles.
These Apple Cream Cheese Tarts are absolutely beautiful: they look like little roses. The kids will fall in love at first sight and won’t even notice they don’t get any sugar buzz after eating them. All the parents at the party will thank you!
Another impeccable flavor combo: chocolate and peanut butter. These clean-eating chocolate cupcakes come in at less than 300 calories a piece, meaning you can give the kids what they want without loading them up with too much sugar.
The peanut butter cup – one of the most iconic desserts ever invented. We’ve put a healthy, hassle-free spin on this classic. All it takes are 3 natural ingredients and a freezer, no cooking required!
These cheesecake bars look adorable, especially when you pile them high on a platter. Your kids will love that they’re creamy and delicious, and you’ll love that they’re filled with fruit and low-fat ingredients. Cut them into any size you like to keep the portions smart. Sounds like a win-win situation if you ask me!