12 Yummy Recipes That Sneak Fruits & Veggies into Kids' Meals

Liz Alterman | Jul 5, 2016 Food & Party

watermelon cakeIt's not easy to fool a fussy eater. Even if you loathe the nightly battle to get your kids to eat their veggies, you still want them to get all the nutrition they need. Think about it this way: If you can hide those leafy greens or disguise fruit in clever ways, you may just be able to avoid an argument and fill them with nourishment at the same time.

We found some clever and colorful recipes that will tempt even the most finicky palate. 

 

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  • Teddy Bear Toasts

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    With protein in the peanut butter, bananas for ears, and juicy blueberries for eyes, there's plenty for kids and moms to love about these Teddy Bear Toasts. Ursula of Creative and Healthy Fun Foods serves these up as a tasty breakfast or healthy snack. Who could resist those adorable little bear faces?

  • Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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    The kids will never know they're actually eating a vegetable when they try this Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, created by Michele of Baby Food E. ​Just as creamy but a lot more healthy, butternut squash takes the place of cheese in this recipe. Don't worry, it still gets a dusting of Parmesan.

  • Blueberry Kale Pops

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    Kiersten of Oh My Veggies created these gorgeous Blueberry Kale Pops -- the perfect way to get kids to sample those good-for-you greens without their even knowing it. The best part? These require only three ingredients, and they're perfect for a hot afternoon.

  • Green Monster Muffins

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    What kid could resist trying something called the Green Monster Muffin? Diana of The Chic Life came up with the recipe for this colorful little treat, which is packed full of fresh spinach -- not that anyone needs to know that! 

  • Fruit Pizza Cookies

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    These lovely little Fruit Pizza Cookies are topped with yummy kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Erin of Well Plated tops her sugar cookies with a dollop of cream cheese frosting before adding those delicious fruits. Who could say no to these? 

  • Watermelon Cake

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    How gorgeous is this Watermelon Cake, created by Angela of Eat Spin Run Repeat? As the foodie and exercise instructor points out, this is a great dessert to take along to a BBQ or potluck. Not only will the crowd love the taste, but the presentation is also perfect, and, best of all, it's good for you! 

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  • No-Bake Carrot Balls

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    Wait, are those donut holes? No, they're No-Bake Carrot Balls. Sneaky, eh? That's right, Holly of Kids Activities Blog created these adorable and good-for-you snacks. Plus, little ones will love rolling them with you. 

  • Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Snacks

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    Rachel of The Stay At Home Chef whips up these Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Snacks that are packed full of spinach and berries. Because they chill in the fridge for a few hours, they're perfect for a hot day. And look at that gorgeous color! 

  • Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

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    While this looks like a decadent chocolate pound cake, it's actually Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread. Rachel of Thriving Home Blog finds this to be a great way to use up those overripe bananas.

  • Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles

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    Sure, there might be a speck of green here or there but your kids would probably never suspect that these chocolate-looking waffles are actually made with zucchini. Polly of Thriving Home Blog is on a mission to sneak the versatile veggie into as many recipes as possible, so she came up with these Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles. If you don't love zucchini, you can swap it for pureed pumpkin. Yum!

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  • Veggie-Packed Popsicles

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    Kristen at Live Simply serves up these gorgeous Veggie-Packed Popsicles that are almost too pretty to eat. Sweetened with honey, these frosty treats are refreshing while incorporating carrots, beets, strawberries, and plenty more.

  • Easy Fruit Rockets

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    Grace of Eats Amazing put together these out-of-this-world Easy Fruit Rockets and recommends adding any kind of berry your kids will enjoy most.

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