Not the magical parent that celebrates every holiday with gusto or you just don’t want a house full of holiday decor? I feel ya! Consider making one of these three low waste desserts that will feel fun and fancy for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year. The kids can help with all of them.
What kind of parent are you? Admittedly, I’m not the most ‘fun’ mom. I don’t play make believe. I’m abysmal at building with blocks and Legos. And despite playing lots of sports growing up, playing sports with my boys in our basement or yard just isn’t my thing.
I also don’t go ‘big’ for holidays. We have minimal Christmas decor. We don’t own a single decoration for any other holiday, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.
On the contrary, I love cuddling with my boys to read a book together. I’ll happily make a giant mess of art supplies on the kitchen table. And I will always break out my stand mixer or double-boiler to bake a fun holiday dessert.
3 Easy Zero and Low Waste Desserts The Whole Family Will Love
This past week, J helped me whip up a two really easy, (almost) zero waste desserts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any time of year really. I already shared our super easy, low waste chocolate covered strawberries. Our family also loves these chocolate lava cakes which take a bit of patience to get right but are much easier than I expected.
Over the weekend, we made nutella, strawberry and banana crepes. I learned how to make crepes at a cooking class about a decade ago. They are much easier than they seem, and you definitely don’t need any fancy tools.
All the ingredients for crepes, except for butter, come in zero waste packaging or bulk sections from most everyday grocery stores. I included a bunch more information about zero waste baking ingredients in my Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste Baking.
Fill the crepes with whatever fun fillings your family fancies. We purchased our strawberries in a recyclable container. The bananas occasionally have a sticker on them, but we compost the peels.
Our grocery store sells individual bananas broken from the bunch. Many grocery stores throw these out because customers tend to buy only bunches of bananas. Show the single, lonely bananas some love so your grocery store managers know customers will buy them and they don’t end up in the trash. What a waste of perfectly good food for such a silly reason!
If you’re not the magical parent that celebrates every holiday with gusto or you just don’t want a house full of holiday decor, consider making one of these low waste desserts that will feel fun and fancy for Valentine’s Day… or any day!
Easy Homemade Crepes
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- 1 cup flour
- 2 large eggs
- Mix all ingredients in a blender. Be sure to cool butter a bit before adding to the mixture so eggs don’t scramble in the blender.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover. Let it sit for up to two hours or overnight in the fridge to reduce air bubbles.
Heat a saute pan on high and melt a bit of butter on the pan to prevent sticking. When the pan is hot, pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and begin to slowly twist the pan in a circular motion while it’s tipped slightly sideways so the crepe batter spreads along the entire bottom of the pan.
- Return the pan to the burner to finish cooking.
When one side begins to brown, flip the crepe and let the other side cook. Add the Nutella to the crepe while the second side of the crepe is cooking. Spread it gently while it melts.
- Each side will likely take just a couple of minutes.
Remove the crepe from the pan by sliding it onto a plate.
Add sliced bananas, strawberries or any other fruits and fillings you love.