Our little Will didn’t stand a chance. I mean, with two parents that have serious sweet tooths, our offspring was sure to have a thing for all things sugar.
Did you know that my darling boyfriend (I just like to call him that) Jeremy actually sneaks icing out of the pantry? Yeah. He eats spoonful-by-buttercream-spoonful every hour until the entire thing is gone. Then he carefully wraps the foil back over the edge and pops the top back on like nothing ever happened. So I, being the baker in the family, go on believing that I have two extra large cans of icing for our cake. You can imagine my reaction. Yeah. It isn’t thanking him for taking extra care in cleaning out those canisters.
And that’s not all. While driving to visit family who only live 20 minutes away, he has been known to stop at every gas station along the way to pick up a candy bar or seven. He can down an entire 24-pack of Coke in a weekend. A half gallon of ice cream is a serving size in his book. And the ten pound bag of indivual M&M packs that I buy three days before Halloween for trick-or-treaters never makes it into the hands of the Iron Man from next door or the ballerina from down the street.
I’m probably just as bad. I do like to savor my sweets much more than Jer, so that means I end up hiding stashes of candy all over the house until I get that craving and make an Almond Joy last for three hours. Really, we are no different. We have these urges for chocolate or cake or brownies that are probably likened only to a vampire’s need during a blood drive.
Will didn’t stand a chance.
He is already showing the signs. Outta the blue, he will come to me asking “Peas sook,” which is 20-month-old language for “Please cookie.” I’ve come to realize that he is not gonna be one of those outta-sight-outta-mind kinda kids. And dang if I waste one moment getting the cookie! Heaven forbid I say no! The meltdown is half-hilarious, half-heartbreaking, and half-the-end-of-the-world. Yes, I am great at math So I do my best to ‘healthify’ his treats—cutting out sugar, substituting local honey, making applesauce cakes, and using coconut sweetner whenever possible. Because let’s be honest, in our house, birthdays must be still celebrated with a candle on a cake, little accomplishments must be memorialized with cupcakes on a cake plate, and a big bowl of ice cream can bring people together.
What sort of healthy recipes have you found to appease your little one’s sweet tooth?
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