12 Delicious, Crowd-Pleasing Treats to Make at Home Instead of Buying

Sugar is far from banned in our household. I grew up with a nightly dessert, and conquering my own sweet tooth is a challenge I won’t be embarking on anytime soon. My kiddos are allowed sweet treats as well – in moderation and after Mommy’s attempt at a well-rounded, nutritious dinner. But come the holidays or other special occassions, well, it’s easy for those guidelines to loosen a bit too much for my liking. 

I’ve been on the hunt for treats that’ll satisfy our cravings but with less added or excess sugar than store-bought or pre-made. Guess what? It’s not as hard as I imagined. My toddler has been the frequent taste tester, and even he, the pickiest of palates, has given our better-for-us baking attempts a thumbs up. Here are 12 recipes with less sugar than their typical alternatives that are sure to please both parents and little people alike.


1. Energy Bites


2. Soft and Chewy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


3. Flourless Monster Cookie Bars


4. Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars


5. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


6. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares


7. Soft Granola Bars

Source: Pinch of Yum


8. Vegan Sugar Cookies


9. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies


10. Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream


11. Almond Butter Cups

Source: Pinch of Yum


12. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars