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.

Healthy No-Cook Camping Snacks

Hiking, swimming, sleeping under the stars and, of course, enjoying fantastic foods in the wilderness are just a handful of things that make camping trips one of the best experiences you can have during the summer. So, make sure you pack a couple tasty snacks that can enhance your camping excursion by gathering some gourmet fruits and nuts for these great recipe ideas.

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Trail Mix Bar

Perhaps the best known camping snack, trail mix is simple to make, easy to store and packed with protein. For easier portability, form your trail mix into bars. Simply mix together rolled oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, a bit of salt and a handful of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, form the bars in a pan and refrigerate. Before leaving for your trip, slice the bars and wrap them in individual baggies.

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Stuffed Apples

Apples and peanut butter are a classic combination. But, you can enjoy a fun twist by stuffing the peanut butter into the fruit. Starting with our Fuji apples, remove the core and seeds from the center. Then, add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. Finally, finish your snack off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and nuts from Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Kabobs are a simple way to transport an assortment of fruits and cheeses. Make this super simple snack ahead of time by cutting our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into pieces. Then, thread the cheese on the kabobs along with slices of our Comice pears and other fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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Freezer Bag Ice Cream

Just because you don’t have a freezer doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream. Start a new camping tradition by packing freezer bags filled with equal parts sugar and vanilla. When you’re ready to make the ice cream, place your sealed bags in larger bags with ice and rock salt. Then, shake until solid. You can top your icy treat with chopped nuts from our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin.

With these fun camping recipes featuring ingredients from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts collection, you can enjoy healthy and homemade treats even while in the great outdoors.

5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.