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I developed this recipe
for my public school program as a nutritious, kid-friendly after-school
snack with a 'shelf life.' The kids made it themselves, cutting up the
dried fruits with plastic knives or tearing them with their little hands.
We mixed it with plain yogurt, and let them add more honey or maple
syrup as desired. The recipe that follows can be varied to your own
preference, exchanging one type of dried fruit for another, or the pumpkin
seeds and/or almonds for other seeds or nuts. Be adventurous, or better
yet, let your kids come up with their favorite combination.
Yield: 7 cups
- 1 cup chopped dried apples
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup dried cranberries or cherriesseeds
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups rolled oats
- honey to taste
Serve with: plain yogurt
honey or maple syrup.
1. Have the older children chop the dried apples and apricots while you
measure the almonds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, raisins and oats with the
ones. Place the measured items together in a large mixing bowl. Ask the
kids to combine these ingredients well with a mixing spoon. When the fruit
chopped, add it to the bowl and mix well again.
2. Now have the kids measure the honey by the 1/4 cup-full, adding it to
mixture until desired taste is reached. It should not be sticky, just
3. Serve in individual bowls with about 1/2 cup yogurt mixed in and add
additional honey or maple syrup as desired. This makes for a nutritious
and delicious snack or breakfast cereal.
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