If you have a child old enough for preschool or elementary school you have experienced a school party. Most schools have about 7 parties which include – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Party and finishing it off with the end of the year party. Now lets throw in everyone’s birthday and if your child’s class about 24 kids, then that is 24 weeks + 7 parties of processed unhealthy treats your child is getting during the school day. That means your child is getting some sort of junk food almost every week of the school year, because typically schools run on a 36 week schedule. That’s a lot of junk!
One of my goals as a educator is to share healthier options so parents see that making our own sweet treats are not only healthier for our children but actually more cost effective. One of my favorite quotes from Michael Pollen is “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it yourself”. Next time you are at the grocery store thinking about getting those bakery mini cupcakes for your child’s party…check out the ingredients. You might think, ok I’ll just purchase a cake box and make cupcakes. Just remember this tip – “If a 3rd grader can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”.
Ok, now that you are officially grossed out. How about a different option, a healthier option that is still yummy and so easy to make! One ingredient I love to use when making cupcakes is yogurt, makes them so moist! My favorite brand to use is Stonyfield.
- 4oz organic applesauce
- ½ cup raw sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup water
- 8oz plain stonyfield greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients - flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar
- In a smaller bowl mix together the wet ingredients - applesauce, yogurt, vanilla, water and egg. Combine all ingredients together. Fold in the mini chocolate chips
- Prepare the muffin tins with muffin liners. Divide batter evenly among the cups. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then reduce heat to 375 and continue to bake for 13 more minutes. Insert toothpick into the center of one muffin. If it comes out clean they are done. If not continue to bake for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting.
For more real food dessert inspiration check out my other treat options and head over to my dessert and healthy snack Pinterest pages. Now it’s your turn. What healthy desserts and snacks have you made your school parties?