Monday, September 5, 2011

Going, going, gone granola snacks

JellyBean has a child with sever tree nut and peanut allergies in his class which makes providing a snack for the class that covers the 4 food groups a little difficult.  Here is what I came up with and made earlier today for him to take tomorrow that took care of our requirement to serve a healthy kid friendly snack without nuts or peanuts that would cover each of the four food groups (dairy, grain, fruit/vegetable and protein).


Ingredients:
2 ½ cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup soy butter (or other peanut butter substitute)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1.  In a large bowl, stir together rice cereal, oats and dried cranberries, set aside.
2.  Grease a 9X13 inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
3.  Combine the brown sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until boiling.  
4.  Remove from heat and stir in soy butter and vanilla until smooth.
5.  Pour over dry mixture and mix well.
6.  Turn out into greased pan.
7.  Press into all corners until even.  
8.  Allow to cool, then cut into squares.

We will cover the dairy group with a glass of 2% milk.

They taste quite yummy. I hope all of the kids enjoy them. In preschool your acceptance by your peers often revolves around the success of the last snack that your family provided for the class.

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