Our Easter Tradition: Fruit Shaped Bunny

I love traditions!  I especially love creating new traditions and making wonderful memories with my family.  This fruit salad has become one of our favorite Easter traditions.  We made it last year for the first time, and my daughters couldn’t wait to make it again this year.  It was the perfect healthy snack to balance out all the Easter candy they filled up on all day.  What I love best of all is that they devoured it just as fast as the Easter candy!  It is a healthy and fun tradition that I will be happy to continue each year.  This is how my girls made it, but feel free to use your own creativity and use the fruit you like best and have on hand.

Fruit Shaped Bunny Recipe Our Easter TraditionIngredients

  • 1 pineapple, cored and sliced into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 pounds strawberries, washed and quartered
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and then cut in half and sliced into semicircles
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cheese stick
  • block of white cheese (we used sharp cheddar) OR a slice of pear (for teeth)

Directions

  1. In a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish, add the blueberries to the bottom inch of the pan.
  2. Next, shape the pineapple so there are two bunny ears and a round/oval head.  We discovered that the smaller the pineapple bits, the easier it was to shape.  Ours probably should have been a little smaller, but my girls were happy with the way it came out so I didn’t want to re-do their work.
  3. Outline the bunny with the strawberries (or whatever other fruit you have a lot of).
  4. Add a few blueberries for each eye.
  5. Use one quarter of a strawberry for the nose.  Break up the string cheese into six strings.  Add 3 whiskers on each side of the nose.
  6. Use kiwi (or fruit of your choice) to add on top of the ears.  Again, the smaller the bits of fruit, the easier it is to shape.  I think ours could have been smaller, but the girls were happy with the way it came out so I didn’t interfere.
  7. Finally, cut two small strips from the block of cheese to make the teeth (or you could use pears or anything else white and edible that could be shaped to look like teeth.
  8. Enjoy!! 🙂

Here is our bunny from last year:

April 19, 2014 easter bunny fruit 2014

Feel free to get creative and enjoy the process!  Who knows, maybe it will become one of your new favorite Easter traditions, too! 🙂

Advertisements

Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

homemade granola bars

Granola bars are a staple in my house.  I used to buy a box or two every time I was at the grocery store because my family goes through them so quickly.  When I decided to check out the ingredients list one day, I did not love what I saw.  I saw a huge list of unpronounceable and unrecognizable ingredients, preservatives, corn syrup and oils that I had been trying to stay away from.  You can check out the ingredients in a popular brand here.

I set out to find a healthier recipe to feed my family.  I tried several different recipes until I found one that my family liked.  I started with this recipe called Playgroup Granola Bars from Allrecipes.com,  and then I made some healthy modifications so I could feel better about feeding these to my family.  There is still more sugar in here than I would like, but I feel better knowing there is no corn syrup or dangerous oils or preservatives that I have been trying to stay away from.  It feels great knowing I have carefully selected each ingredient that goes into them, and they do not contain preservatives or any unpronounceable ingredients.

Here is the recipe I currently use, and my family loves them.  The great thing about granola bars is that you can customize them to your liking.  Add whichever nuts, seeds, and dried fruits you like.  My family loves them with chocolate chips, but you could add cranberries or raisins instead.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose or whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (may substitute 1/4 cup coconut oil or applesauce instead)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon, flour, chocolate chips and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, maple syrup, egg, vanilla, coconut oil and peanut butter (or applesauce). Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake approximately 23 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.