5 Sweet & Healthy Treat Ideas for Kids’ Classrooms

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A friend told me recently that she was stumped by her kids’ classroom treat rules. No more cupcakes, no cookies, no candy. All that is well and good — she was all for healthy eating — but between the tight sugar rules and the peanut ban, she wanted help brainstorming what to make when it was her turn to bring snacks for the class. Here are a few low-sugar, relatively healthy ideas — and I’d love to hear yours! Have you come up with any creative healthy treats for your kids’ classroom?

These are just a few ideas for things on the sweet side, pulled from our own archives. This isn’t even including savory snacks like cheese and toasted chickpeas.

1 Blood Orange Jelly Smiles – Little jellies, right in the orange peels, with no added sugar. Just jellify the orange juice and pour it back in. Kids love these!

2 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars – These chewy banana bars are easy and fast, and they use only the banana for sweetness.

3 Magic Banana Ice Cream – And keeping with that banana theme for a minute, what about 1-ingredient banana ice cream? Bring in little cups — a fun sweet treat that’s all fruit.

4 Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups – What about fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cups, made with low-sugar jam or just fruit? Put in 1/2-pint jars — cute and easy.

5 Oranges and Dates – Cut dates up into little pieces and serve them with orange slices. Not exactly low-sugar, but it’s natural!

What else have you taken to the kids’ classroom lately?

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