Ideas for Great Family Desserts on a Budget

Preparing family meals can be challenging for many reasons. Catering to the preferences of children and spouses, allowing for allergies, cost as well as nutritional value poses problems each mealtime. Once you have created a successful meal, a rest and perhaps a nap might be in order, but alas, you are now faced with challenge number two: dessert. While tossing an apple to each child might seem like an easy fix, you know that your family deserves better.  Here you will find a compelling compilation of quick, easy and cheap dessert ideas that will have your family raving about your dessert expertise. 

Strawberry and Chocolate Golden Oreos:

Purchase a box of Golden Oreos, one small tub of strawberries, a small tub of strawberry cream cheese, and a 100g Dairy Milk Bar. Wash your strawberries, and lay them out to dry on a paper towel.  While the strawberries are drying, lay your Oreos out onto a plate, and toss your Dairy Milk Bar into a microwave friendly bowl. Put a teaspoon sized blob of cream cheese on each Oreo. You will also need a sandwich sized Ziploc bag, so rummage around in your hopefully organized kitchen to locate one. Once the strawberries are dry, remove the leaves and cut them in half lengthwise. Ration one strawberry to each cookie, gently pushing the strawberry into the cream cheese to secure the bond. 

Grab your bowl of chocolate and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Depending on microwave strength, continue microwaving until chocolate is melted. Spoon the melted chocolate into the Ziploc Bag and zip shut. Squeeze the chocolate to one corner and snip the corner of the bag off with scissors.  Squeeze the melted chocolate over the strawberries in whichever design you wish, hopefully resulting in an abstract yet artistic drizzle. Place your cookie plate in the fridge for 30 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. Serve post dinner time, or eat the whole batch yourself and make another one for your family. 

Fruit Crisp aka Fake Pie:

Stock your freezer with a bulk sized bag of frozen berries. Purchase a bag of granola from any grocery store. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix frozen berries with any other fruit you can find in and around your fridge.  Add half a cup of sugar. You can add more or less sugar depending on your own preferences. Stir everything together and place mixture in an oven friendly baking dish. Top with an even layer of granola. Place in oven for 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool. You can either serve warm or cold. Pair with ice cream or whipped cream for extra calories. 

These are just a couple of ideas which may be useful for your family mealtimes, to add variety and desserts which will tempt the whole family.

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