Foodie Friday: Gingerbread House Toast - A Recipe For Kids

Especially this time of year, children certainly get enough cookies and sweets. But all the festivities surrounding cookie baking and decorating – and especially creating gingerbread houses – are too much fun to give up altogether, so what’s a health-conscious parent to do?

Here is an idea that incorporates the fun of decorating your food, but using healthier alternatives:


Gingerbread House Toast

Ingredients:
Whole grain bread
Flavored, spreadable cream cheese (strawberry or brown sugar and cinnamon, for example)
Assorted gingerbread spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice (optional)
Dried fruit, nuts, sprinkles for decoration

Instructions:
Toast a piece of whole grain bread.

Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of spreadable cream cheese into a zipper bag. If desired, add a pinch of each of the gingerbread spices.

Zip the top of the bag, pressing all the air out, and let your child squish the bag until the cream cheese is mixed with the spices.  

Using a pair of sharp scissors, snip one corner off the zipper bag. Let your child use the plastic bag like a pastry bag to decorate the toast. Draw a roof, door, windows, etc. 

Decorate with bits of dried fruit, sliced almonds, colorful sprinkles, etc.

Enjoy!

Looking for healthier recipes for the holidays? Find them on Gwinnett Medical Center’s Pinterest Boards, where we’ve collected some of the best ones from across the world.

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