Fall Fun

The kids have been back to school for a month now and while I’m over here loving the quiet time – I’m still thinking of ways to stir things up after school. What better way than snacks? The kid in me is still a snack-a-holic – so here are 5 Fall fun treats that will bring a smile to your kids face (yes – even your teenager!)

1- Apple Pie Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups, non-gmo, popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dried apple pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans,
  • 2 Tbsps grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Directions:

  1. Combine the butter, honey and spices together and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Put the popcorn, apples and pecans into a large bowl.
  3. Cover the popcorn mixture with the butter mixture and toss to combine.

2- Clementine Pumpkins

Ingredients:

  • clementine oranges, peeled
  • 1 stalk of celery

Directions:

Cut the celery stalk into “pumpkin stems.” Cut a 1-inch piece of celery from the stalk, and slice this lengthwise into thin strips. Place each “stem” into the center of the clementine.

3- Pumpkin Spice Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoarinsed well and pat dry with paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats*
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitasor other seed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrupor honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp oilcoconut or canola
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spiceor more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Spread oats* and quinoa out on a parchment lined baking pan.
  3. Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once.
  4. Remove the oats from the oven, pour the toasted oats into a medium bowl and add the ground flaxseeds, pepitas, pecans and dried fruit.
  5. Reduce oven to 300° F.
  6. In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
  7. Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula.
  8. Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.

4- Apple & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup chilled applesauce
  • 1 ripe banana
  • few ice cubes

Directions:

In a blender, whirl ingredients together. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

5- Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 can drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned
  • 15 ounce pumpkin, canned
  • 2 tablespoon Tahini
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add more olive oil if it’s too thick.
  2. To make it look like a pumpkin, make a green stem using snap peas, cucumbers, lettuce or any other green veggie.  Serve with crackers and vegetable!

 

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