Kid-Friendly Plant-Based Desserts For National Peanut Day!
Cooking with kids and helping show them healthy eating habits by preparing nutritious plant-based meals together can be an incredibly fulfilling activity that teaches children to learn to follow instructions, read recipes, and also emphasize the importance of putting good food into your body. Preparing desserts together can be a fun and rewarding way for kids to enjoy being in the kitchen while also indulging in some tasty treats that are better for them than store-bought products full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
To get you started, PlantX creators have put together some simple tips and recipes that you can make easily at home. This week’s recipes focus on desserts that you can make for September 13th, National Peanut Day! If you or your child have a peanut allergy, you can also substitute your favorite nut butters into these recipes.
Top Tips For Baking With Kids
- Don’t be too strict: Although following instructions is important, it’s equally important to have fun and enjoy the experience in the kitchen together. Whether that means getting a little messy, taking breaks, or sneaking a taste before you pop your recipe into the oven. Building a love for cooking and preparing nutritious meals takes time, so if things don’t go perfect it’s okay! There’s always more dessert adventures to go on in the future.
- Start Young: As long as you are supervising your child and giving them age-appropriate tasks, it will never be too early to get them familiar with the kitchen and create lasting memories together. Whether it’s mixing, stirring, pouring, or decorating, there’s always something fun for kids to do while building their confidence in the kitchen.
- Explore Unique Recipes: Don’t just stop at dessert! There are plenty of delicious and nutritious kid-friendly plant-based meals out there if you just take a good look online. It’s also important to encourage kids to explore different flavors and ingredients that they may find interesting. Allow children to create their own recipes as well! Work together to find ways to incorporate their ideas into something that’s tasty, flavorful, and fun.
Plant-Based Dessert Recipes for National Peanut Day
Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
Chocolatey, sweet, and moist, these brownies come out oh so ooey, gooey, and chewy right out the oven. Top them with sliced banana for some extra sweetness that blends well together with the chocolate and peanut butter flavors.
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- ½ cup of mashed banana
- ¾ cup of chopped pitted dates
- ½ cup of your favorite unflavored plant-based milk (like Oatly Oat Milk, or Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk.)
- ¼ cup of peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder
- 1 cup ground rolled oats
- 2 tbsp cane sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 bananas for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil.
- In a small bowl, combine your flaxseed meal with 6 tablespoons of water and let stand for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, place your chopped dates and add boiling water until they are covered. After 5 minutes, drain your dates.
- In a blender or food processor, add your flaxseed mix, chopped dates, mashed banana, plant-based milk, peanut butter, and vanilla and blend your ingredients together until smooth. Be careful that little hands do not get near the blades.
- In a large bowl, combine your rolled oats, cocoa powder, cane sugar, baking powder and sea salt. Add your blended date mixture and stir together until they are combined and moist. Spread evenly across your pan.
- Bake your brownies for 25 minutes and allow to thoroughly cool for 30.
- Dust your brownies with powdered sugar and cut into squares. Slice your bananas and decorate each brownie with 2 or 3 slices.
Easy DIY Chocolate Peanut Butter Icecream
This ice cream is vegan, gluten-free, and only takes 5 ingredients to make an extra chocolatey peanut butter treat. How is it so creamy? The secret is bananas!
- 4 overripe bananas, frozen, sliced
- ¼ cup of peanut butter, or your preferred nut butter
- ⅓ cup of cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
- Just a pinch of salt
- Combine all of your ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. If your blender isn’t strong enough to mix your frozen banana either allow them to thaw a bit or add a little bit of your favorite plant-based milk to the mix.
- Line a tray with plastic wrap and pour your soft serve liquid inside before placing in the freezer for at least an hour.
- Use an ice cream scoop to enjoy a sundae or a nice ice cream cone on a hot day.