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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Gorp

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.

Fruitful Desserts for Growing Kids

Parents want their children to eat their share of fresh fruits, but kids tend to gravitate towards sugary snacks that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. So, for a happy medium, Hickory Farms is sharing some mouthwatering recipes packed with plenty of sweet and healthfully delicious fruit.

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Source: Food Network

Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

This recipe calls for frozen peaches, but it’s even better with fresh peaches from our Peach Duet Gift Box. Add some sliced peaches to a pint of blueberries, roll out your homemade dough for the crust, brush on some egg wash, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake! Your kids will love eating this fruit-filled dessert. For an extra treat, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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Source: Food Network

Summer Fruit Crostata

Don’t let this recipe’s fancy name deter you. Just tell your kids you’re making a fruit pizza and they’ll be instantly hooked! Made with the same sweet fruits featured in the cobbler recipe, this fruit crostata requires a few plums to make the dish even tastier.

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Source: Bon Appétit

Mango and Berry Swirl Smoothies

For days when it’s just too hot to crank up the oven, try making this wonderfully cool and very nutritious sugar-free fruit recipe. Sweetened by a couple tablespoons of honey, you can cut the calorie count even further by using low-fat or fat-free milk.

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With summer in full bloom, there’s no need to use frozen fruits. Our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box features fresh mangoes you can throw in for a burst of flavor. You can make the day extra special by taking your kids berry-picking for blackberries. It’s a refreshing treat they’ll want you to make again and again.

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Hickory Farms gourmet gift selections always hit the spot. Choose from our perennially popular fruit and nuts selection or give a loved one or a friend a Peach Duet Gift Box that can be customized with a ribbon for any special occasion.

Call 800.753.8558 to place your order for delivery right to your recipient’s door, or shop online 24 hours a day.

Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that can provide your kids with plenty of energy for the school day, trail mix is a great option. Full of nutrients and vitamins, trail mix is easy to pack, store and make. You can whip up your own batch to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Aug. 31 with our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, along with these simple guidelines.

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The benefits of trail mix

Trail mix is packed with variety of vitamins, a good amount of protein and a bit of fat. Each of these nutrients will break down differently in your body. Some forms of carbohydrates, such as dried fruit, are absorbed quickly, giving your kids an instant burst of energy. Granola and pretzels are examples of carbohydrates that break down more slowly, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Protein, found in seeds and nuts, keeps your kids full, while the sweeter notes, such as chocolate chips or dried coconut, can be added for extra flavor. By creating the proper balance, trial mix can be a delicious treat that gets you going and staying alert.

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Make your own

One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make and can be catered to your unique tastes. Start by picking out some nuts — our almonds and pistachios are delicious and crunchy! Then, throw in your favorite dried fruits, like our apricots, peaches, or mangoes.

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Once you’ve established a healthy base of nuts and fruits, you can get creative. Try adding some of your favorite cereals or crackers. Then, mix in a little candy and some of our Berry Nut Bounty mix. Making trail mix is a great opportunity to create your perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.

By whipping up a batch of your own unique trail mix full of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, you and your kids can enjoy a delicious treat that will keep your energized all day long.