Holiday Braces Friendly Recipes That Are Fun for Kids

Holiday Braces Friendly Recipes That Are Fun for Kids
Posted on 12/19/2016

The holidays are here, and while we're all getting excited for some time spent relaxing and reconnecting with family and loved ones, this time of year can be hazardous for those of us wearing braces! While the sweets, treats, and dishes we love to indulge in during the holidays are delicious, they're often hard, gooey, or sugary, making them dangerous for brackets, wires, and teeth. To help you through the season, we've compiled a few braces-friendly holiday recipes that kids are sure to love!

4-Ingredient Ice Cream

Ice cream is a favorite during the holidays, but all that sugar can be dangerous to teeth. Thankfully, this substitute is just as delicious without all the added sugar!

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas, slightly overripe
  • 2-3 cups of vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions

This couldn't be easier to make. Just toss the bananas, almond milk, and vanilla into a blender or food processor and mix until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. Spoon them out into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and viola! Creamy, delicious "ice cream" that won't hurt teeth. 

Mini Pumpkin Pies

If you're looking for a braces-friendly companion to the ice cream, this is it! This recipe creates delicious, soft, mini pumpkin pies for a seasonal favorite that's braces safe.

Ingredients

  • 2 ready-to-roll pie crusts
  • 8 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • Optional: pumpkin shaped cookie cutter!

Directions

First, preheat your oven to 350º, then use your cookie cutter to cut out 12 shapes from the pie crust (you'll likely have to roll out the crusts to get them a little thinner than they come). Press the dough pieces into the holes in a muffin tray, then use the whites of one of your eggs to baste the top edges of each mini pie. In a separate mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and 2 remaining eggs together and mix them until they're well combined. Spoon a dollop of the mixture into each mini pie crust, then bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove, let the pies cool, and dig in!

Firecracker Cake Batter Cookies

Nothing beats a warm, soft cookie right out of the oven – and these use cake batter to make them extra soft and braces friendly. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 18.25 oz box of french vanilla cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of red and green sprinkles each (or any colors you like)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350º, then add the cake mix and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and vanilla, then add that to the cake mix. Stir well to combine, then stir in your sprinkles. Plop them onto a cookie sheet by the spoonful, bake for 10 minutes, let cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy!

Contact Your Arlington, VA Pediatric Dentist

We hope you and your kids enjoy these fun holiday recipes, and if you have any more questions about surviving the holidays with braces, we're here to help. You can always call us at 703-671-KIDS (5437) or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, you can request one using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck on getting through the holidays with braces!