The ABC's of Cooking with Lynn Fredericks
author of Cooking Time Is Family Time

   G  is for Grains

Adapted from Lynne Fredericks' Cooking Time is Family Time.

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.

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 little 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 is 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 the mixture until desired taste is reached. It should not be sticky, just slightly lumpy.

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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