brainfood dessertsWho doesn’t love dessert? Your children will enjoy these delicious treats just as much as you enjoy the fact that their brains are being nourished while they eat.

Fudge Pops

These sound and taste decadent, but they’re actually packed with superfoods! Kids love frozen goodies, but the grownups will enjoy these, too.

Makes 8 pops

1 can coconut milk (13 oz)

1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons honey

pinch of salt

Blend everything together in a blender until smooth. Pour into your popsicle molds and freeze until solid. It’s worth having a few of these on hand for snacks on a hot day.

Baked Blackberry Apples

Baked apples are always yummy and when you combine them with fresh blackberries, you up the antioxidants that are available and boost your child’s brain power, even though it’s really dessert.

Serves 2

2 apples, cores removed

1/4 cup blackberries

1/4 cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons almonds, chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Mix the butter, blackberries and rolled oats together with the honey and divide between the apples, filling up the centers.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and almonds and bake for 40 minutes or until the apples are completely soft.  Serve hot.

Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin is a great brainfood in its own right, but when you combine it with the rest of these yummy ingredients, you have the perfect end to your meal.

Serves 2

¼ c canned pumpkin

1 pear, chopped and divided

1 teaspoon honey

¾ cup low-fat plain yogurt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped

Blend the pumpkin, pear, honey, cinnamon and yogurt together until smooth in the blender or food processor. Divide into cups or bowls and sprinkle walnuts over top.