It’s the season of love, with hearts and roses all around! Even you don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement, not when all the stores are coated in pink and red, and chocolates are being sold in heart shaped packs. But there is a way to have a Valentine’s day celebration that isn’t a sugar feast. Celebrate at home with the ones that rule your heart – your kids – and try out some fun Valentine crafts and Healthy Heart Shaped Recipes!
20 Healthy Heart Shaped Recipes for Kids
Sandwich cookies are popular among kids, and they especially love licking the cream off! Make the healthy version by trying out this recipe from Purely Twins that uses coconut flour and hear this – avocado chocolate filling! Now here’s a Valentine cookie that’s good for your heart.
We’re a huge fan of energy bars; we think they’re a great alternative to store-bought chocolate bars! These almond date energy bars from Itsy Bitsy Foodies are also an excellent option during this season – the dry fruits give valuable antioxidants and healthy fats for cognitive development.
There is quite a demand for gluten free recipes these days, and if you’re looking for one too, try these vegan chocolate fudge hearts from The Colorful Kitchen. With nuts, dates and coconut oil, these bites give quite a punch of flavor, and the sweetness comes from maple syrup – you can replace it with honey, dates syrup or jaggery syrup.
Have you noticed how addictive French Fries are? You can’t stop at one, and the same goes for kids! But you don’t need those trans-fat laden fries when you can make these cute little roasted potato hearts! Haniela’s has the full recipe for these super healthy and yummy potatoes.
This cookie recipe from Nourishing Meals is just bursting with healthy ingredients! Make it better by using organic oats and organic jaggery powder instead of the other sugars. Want to go a step further? Use your own homemade applesauce instead of buying it!
Getting kids to eat fruit is hard as it is, especially when there’s so much tempting stuff around! However, there is a workaround, in the form of this beautiful salad from A Designer Life. It is actually really easy and looks very eye-catching as well!
Get kids to eat veggies through crackers, and when they’re as cute as these heart shaped crackers from Merriment Design! You can make your own sweet potato puree using this recipe. These crackers use healthy ingredients and are going to be a fixed item in your household menu!
Start Valentine’s day on a heart-y note with a cute little egg in a basket! Cute Food for Kids shows you how to make this simple but impressive dish. For young kids, you can break the yolk and cook on both sides. Don’t miss the touch of little ketchup hearts on the plate!
Here’s a really pretty way to get kids to eat more fruit – frozen yogurt hearts! Hello, Wonderful has a recipe that is no-bake and really easy to make although it may look difficult. Such a lovely platter that really looks too good to eat!
This is more of art than a recipe! All you need is a healthy pancake recipe and a squeezee bottle that’s clean and dry. Ensure that the batter is smooth so it comes out easily from the bottle. Just look at the step by step images at A Designer Life and you can make your own version – as basic or complex as you want!
Make your own whole wheat pizza dough and pizza sauce and soon you’ll have your very own little heart pizzas! Sarah Hearts shows you how to go about this recipe. The best part is that you can sneak in veggies in the sauce – the kids won’t notice under the cheese!
If pancakes aren’t your forte, go ahead with this French toast recipe from Happy Hooligans. You can use any bread of your choice and go with some homemade butter for a lovely, wholesome taste. Serve along with cut fruit for the perfect healthy Valentine breakfast!
If you’re used to baking bread at home, then you should definitely try these bread sticks! Go to Dessert Now Dinner Later to see how gorgeous these heart shaped bread sticks look! All you need to do is roll the dough in the correct shape and bake till done.
You’ve probably used a heart shaped cookie cutter on bread and fruit, but probably never on lettuce! This amazingly healthy heart shaped salad from Pretty Prudent uses simple ingredients to create a good looking dish. You can skip the bacon if you want, and use salami or cheese instead.
So we’ve got pancakes and French toast – now what else do we need to complete our Valentine breakfast trio? Heart shaped waffles, of course! And Super Healthy Kids has the perfect recipe, made into waffle pops by inserting a stick. Your basic pancake batter will do but make sure you have some fun dips for the kids to dip their pops into!
These raspberry bites are such a pretty color! This recipe from Sneaky Veg has only healthy ingredients – the coconut and cashews give it a nice nutty flavor that goes well with the raspberries. If you don’t find raspberries, you can try the recipe with strawberries.
17. Valentine’s Real Fruit Gummies
Gummies are quite popular with kids, but most of the store bought ones have quite a bit of added flavors. With no sugar, this recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking is great for kids. You can replace the gelatin with Agar Agar or China Grass.
We featured those gorgeous lace pancakes earlier in this list, but if you don’t trust your artistic skills you can try simpler options, like plain heart pancakes. And then skewer them with some colorful fruit to make an absolute kid-pleaser, just like it’s shown on This Ole Mom.
There can’t be a heartier breakfast than these loaded omelet hearts from Skinny Taste! With veggies, meat and cheese packed into them, these omelet muffins are not just tasty, but super filling as well! You can use any fillings that your family likes.
When the kids get hungry on V-day and you don’t want to fill them up before dinner, these little granola bites from How About Cookie should hold them for a while! There’s no butter, sugar or processed ingredients – just wholesome things like coconut oil, nuts, dry fruit etc.
So you see, Valentine’s Day isn’t all about a sugar overdose or artificial pink coloring! You can also stick to your healthy eating goals with these healthy heart shaped recipes that are perfect for this special day!