Many parents will know that the next Half Term holidays fall at the end of October, just before Bonfire Night so why not make a few delicious treats with them before they return. These recipes are quick and easy and even incorporate fruit in two of them so it’s all GOOOOOD.
It is becoming easier to get fruit and vegetables into children’s diet’s today, but I am really fortunate that my grandchildren love fruit and vegetables and have done since their first food.
Have a go at some of these and let me know what you think. All tried and tested!
CHEWY PEANUT & CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEERIO BARS
½ ILB SUGAR
4 OZ GOLDEN SYRUP (HALF A CAN OR SO)
1 SMALL JAR PEANUT BUTTER
1TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
4 OZ PEANUTS
1 SMALL PACK CHOCOLATE CHIPS
You will also need a non-stick pan, large bowl, and a deep tray
Method: In a large non-stick pan, put the sugar and golden syrup and melt together until the sugar has dissolved. Once the mixture is smooth and clear, put in the peanut butter and the vanilla extract. Take off the heat. Into the bowl pour the Cheerios and peanuts and then pour the syrup mixture over and mix together with the chocolate chips. Once combined, spread the mixture into the tray and press down gently and pop in the fridge to set. Once cooled, cut into small bars and they are ready to serve. Guidance video below.
FIREWORK CHOCOLATE COVERED APPLES
12 SMALL APPLES (KEEP IN THE FRIDGE UNTIL LAST MINUTE TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE COLD – THIS MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE CHOCOLATE TO STICK)
12 WOODEN STICKS
1 KG PLAIN CHOCOLATE
COCONUT, CHOPPED PEANUTS AND HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS
Take the chocolate and break into a bowl and then set over a pan of boiling water to melt gently taking care not to get any of the water into the chocolate. Whilst the chocolate is melting, dry wipe all the apples and push the sticks into the centres, ensuring that it is firmly in place on each apple.
Pop 3 small plates with the decorations on, including one for the coconut, one for the chopped peanuts and the other for the hundreds and thousands. Dip each apple into the chocolate, ensuring that there is a good coverage all round and then dip into the covering of your choice. Keep repeating until you have done all the apples. Leave them to set (which shouldn’t take long if your apples were cold). Enjoy!
Guidance video below.
EASY FRUIT ROCKETS
These look and taste great and the fruit you choose is really subjective as there is no point putting bananas on the skewer if you know that your children don’t like them.
You will need FRUIT – I USED WATERMELON, BANANA, AND PINEAPPLE
Whatever your selection of fruit is (the image above is bananas, pineapple, and watermelon but of course, if you can get hold of strawberries, pieces of apple, grapes etc, anything will work for you. Just make sure that you have a selection in bowls in a row and start making your own rockets. Guidance video below.
You will need:
1 bar plain chocolate
1 bar white chocolate
Small breadsticks (plain)
Hundreds and thousands
Edible stars (widely available in supermarkets)
Melt the plain and white chocolate in separate bowls over hot water.
Pop the hundreds and thousands and stars into a bowl
Carefully take a breadstick, dip into the melted chocolate and then into the stars mix and stand up in a glass and repeat. Easy to make – great to do with smaller children (my grandson had a great time, but this is like messy play personified!)
Keep repeating until they are all covered. Guidance video below.