With Valentine's Day upon us, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite chocolate treats for toddlers. These recipes range from wholesome and low in sugar to slightly more indulgent (I'm talking to you Brownie Cookies!), but all deliver on taste. Nothing like a solid dose of chocolate to really share the love, right? We're going to start with a deliciously indulgent pudding recipe that you'll definitely want to share with your kiddo.
Cocoa Coconut Pudding
This super simple pudding recipe is creamy, intense, and rich. A little will satisfy, so serve a small portion or offer as a dip for fruit. It's a somewhat less intense version of this one from Chocolate Covered Katie.
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or whipped cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- shredded, unsweetened coconut, if desired to top
1. Remove the solid coconut milk from the can with a spoon into a medium bowl. Reserve the liquid (add it to a smoothie or a curry). Add the cocoa powder, yogurt, vanilla, and maple syrup. Beat with a hand held mixer as needed to get it to mix into a thick pudding. Top with shredded coconut, if desired, to serve. Serve immediately or chill overnight and serve cold.
Serve as a dip with sliced strawberries.
Spread onto toast or muffins.
Use honey instead of maple syrup.
And here are a few of our other favorite chocolatey treats for little ones.
Cocoa Coconut Macaroons: These soft and chewy bites have only a few ingredients, so they are easy to whip up quickly. Make them using a teaspoon-sized measuring spoon for bite-size treats.
Healthy Nutella: I'd opt for maple syrup and spread it on soft or lightly toasted bread. Or alongside some strawberries.
Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Fruit: I recently baked up a batch of these and placed two chocolate chips on top of each. Immediately after I pulled them out of the oven, I smeared the chocolate into a "frosting" with a butter knife. It proved that a little bit of chocolate goes a long way (especially in cookies that have a low amount of added sugar)!
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies: You can't go wrong with a classic and this is one of my favorite cookie recipes ever. I usually reduce both sugars to 1/2 cup for similar, if slightly cakier, results.
No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Cookies: These are full of chocolate flavor, have the texture of a truffle, and pack some protein from the cashews. Store them in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the fridge and enjoy with a cup (or sippy cup) of milk for weeks to come.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding: I promise that I'll stop linking to this recipe, but I just had to include it in this list since it was at a Valentine's party last year that L had her first taste. (She nearly dove into the bowl!)
Brownie Cookies: I make a batch of these for a potluck with friends a few months ago and the kids liked them so much that there were only two left by the time we started dinner. Consider that fair warning!
Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothies: Don't worry, this recipe is from the super healthy Oh She Glows and it's chock full of healthy ingredients—with a bit of chocolate to make it extra special.
Easy Chocolate-Drizzled Berries: Wash and dry some of your little one's favorite berries, slicing as needed. Melt dark chocolate chips in 15 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle over berries and refrigerate to set.