Keep Your Kids Fueled for the Day with Fruit-Packed Treats

When your child grows hungry, it may seem like the school day will never end for them. Give your kids the energy that they need to stay focused and attentive all day long with a great fruit-packed treat. Your kids will love these delicious cereal bar recipes below, especially if they feature an assortment of mixed nuts from Hickory Farms.

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Apricot Cereal Bars

Filled with protein and a hint of sweetness, cereal bars are packed with the flavors your kids crave, as well as the fuel they need. Start by toasting equal amounts of rolled oats and our mixed nuts on a baking tray until you can smell a nice, nutty fragrance. Then, throw the toasted mixture into a large bowl and add a bit of puffed cereal, flour, salt and a heaping handful of our dried apricots.

Using a food processor or blender, puree tofu, honey, vanilla, egg and, for added tang, a bit of lemon zest. Combine the tofu mixture with your mixed nuts and apricots, folding everything together with a spatula. Finish by spreading the mixture into a pan and baking.

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Almond Honey Bars

Kids love granola bars, but store-bought versions are oftentimes filled with sugar and preservatives. For a soft and chewy bar you’ll feel good about feeding your little ones, make your own with this simple recipe.

Start by toasting a healthy mixture of our natural almonds with oats and your choice of seeds, such as sunflower, flax, or sesame. When the oats and nuts have turned a nice, golden brown color, mix them with chopped pieces of our dried Yellow and White Peaches, as well as a dash of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, add in a bit of honey, almond butter, brown sugar, and vanilla before baking.

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Essentially a deconstructed granola bar, Gorp is an even easier treat to make for your kids. Just combine our mixed nuts with our dried Angelino and October Sun Plums, some natural almonds and a few chocolate chips.

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With these energy-packed snacks featuring our Hickory Farms mixed nuts, your kids will have all the nutrition that they need to make it through a long day at school.

Seasonal Recipe: Dried Fruit Thumbprints

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Making some fruity desserts is a delicious way to celebrate all of the fresh things growing around us this spring. By combining dried fruit, jam and just a little hint of chocolate, you can whip up one of our favorite spring recipes — delicious Dried Fruit Thumbprint cookies — to enjoy with your friends and family!

Making your marbleized dough

The base of these flaky cookies is made with two different flavors of dough — one chocolate and the other vanilla. Both contain essentially the same ingredients, including flour, salt, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. However, to make your chocolate dough nice and rich, mix in a heaping scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder.

To marbleize or mix the batches of dough together, start by rolling both into ropes that are about a half-inch wide. Then, form the base of your cookies by pinching off a piece of each rope and rolling it together to form one chocolate and vanilla swirled ball. Finish by holding your dough and using your thumb to press a small well into the center of each cookie before refrigerating for half an hour.

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Adding the final touches

After your cookies have had the chance to firm up a bit, it’s time to throw them in the oven for a few minutes. While they’re baking, start mixing up your fruit and jam filling. For the right ratio of fruit, simply combine one cup of dried and chopped fruit with one tablespoon of jam. 

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The type of fruit and jam flavor you pick is entirely up to you. You can try pairing our Wild Blueberry Fruit Spread with yellow and white dried peaches or pairing our Strawberry Fruit Spread with pears and plums. Mixing Raspberry Fruit Spread with mangoes and apricots is another combination that works well together. Finish the dessert by spooning the filling over the top of your cooled cookies.

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With this delicious recipe, some fresh fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection and spreads from our Farmstand Fruit Spreads collection, you can bake a fruity dessert and make the perfect sweet ending to your spring feast.

Cook Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother how special she is in your life, so give her the star treatment with a day of total pampering! You can make this day a little more special by starting it off with a special breakfast packed with ingredients from Hickory Farms. Our fantastic Mother’s Day breakfast ideas will show her just how much you care.

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The Traditionalist

For the sophisticated mom, opt for a breakfast classic, like a French-style omelet. Start by preparing your eggs by mixing them with a bit of cream and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the mixture in a heated, greased pan and flip when it solidifies on one side.

To make your filling, sauté an assortment of veggies, such as peppers, onions, artichokes and spinach, along with one of our delicious summer sausages. Place the filling and grated Hickory Farms cheese on top of the cooked egg and fold.

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The Experimenter

For the mother who loves options, prepare some classic waffles and serve with tons of fun toppings. To make a simple waffle batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a couple eggs, milk, a dash of vanilla and a bit of melted butter. Heat up a waffle iron and cook the batter to a delicious golden brown. Serve the waffles with a collection of toppings, including syrups and jams, as well as an assortment of fruits and nuts from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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The Health Nut

If your mother is something of a health nut, make her a delicious breakfast she’ll truly appreciate. Start with a big bowl of quinoa and mix in a bit of peanut butter, a dash of honey and chopped fruit from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box.


Pure Decadence

For mothers with a sweet tooth, give them the gift of true indulgence with a chocolate-filled breakfast. Bake a rich chocolate cake and top it with our Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints for added texture and flavor.

With these four delicious breakfasts and some fine ingredients from Hickory Farms, you can treat your mother to a special breakfast she deserves every day of the year.