6 Healthy Holiday Treats & Snacks to Make with Your Kids

By: Penelope Wall

There's no shortage of sweets, treats and cookies during the holiday season. But sometimes, the kids (and if we're honest, grownups too!) just need a little break from the sugar high. I know that my own kids are much more likely to enjoy their food when they get to help make it. All that dipping and snipping and stirring is so tantalizing for little hands. These festive treats and snacks have celebration written all over them—with just enough sweet or no sweet at all. And I especially love them because they're so easy, even the littlest kids can help! Try not to worry about spills or crooked garnishes; let your kids make a mess and have fun. They will be so proud to have made these deliciously healthy holiday treats—great for gifts, parties or just enjoying on a chilly afternoon.

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1. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Chocolate Dipped Fruit

Kids will love dipping whatever they can get into dark chocolate, so why not choose some healthy fruits for this activity? Clementines, strawberries, dried pineapple and dried apricots are some of our favorite chocolate-dipped fruits. Sprinkle with your favorite topping for a flavor boost: lime zest, crystallized ginger, cocoa nibs, chopped dehydrated bananas or raspberries. If you're not avoiding nut products, chopped pistachios or macadamia nuts make a fun crunchy topping.

2. Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Kabobs from Allrecipes

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Skewered grapes, strawberries, bananas and mini marshmallows look just like a bunch of Grinches wearing red hats in this healthy recipe from Allrecipes.

3. Frozen Banana Penguins

penguin bananas

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Kids will love to make—and eat!—these chocolate-dipped banana birds from FamilyFun. Use dried apricots to make the feet and beak and white chocolate chips for the eyes.

4. Snowflake Quesadillas

Snowflake Quesadillas from Martha Stewart

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The snowflake-shaped cheese quesadillas from Martha Stewart are a festive winter snack. Fold a flour tortilla in half, then in thirds. Snip out shapes, unfold, and use as the top of a quesadilla.

5. Healthy Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House from FamilyFun

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This gingerbread house makeover from FamilyFun swaps candy for more wholesome ingredients like cereal, nuts and dried fruit, attached with peanut butter. If you can't use nut products, cream cheese can be used as a substitute for the binder.

6. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Parents.com

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This recipe from Parents.com whips up the delicious flavors of pumpkin pie into a healthy breakfast or snack kids will love. Let your kids dump all the ingredients into the blender and push the button. That's the best part!