Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Apples In A Bag

This sweet snack and/or dessert couldn’t be simpler for little hands to make.  Within five minutes, you can have a warm topping for pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon chips.  Top it with ice cream for apple pie (minus the crust)  Pop it in the refrigerator for a while if you prefer it cold.  Couldn’t be easier.

My grandchildren are all out of school for the summer, and their mothers feel that all they do is say “NO” to requests for snacks & treats.  Having a little cooking project (I’m emphasizing the word LITTLE) takes the pressure off moms to provide a healthy treat.

The hardest part of this recipe is coring the apples.  Most kids (ages 4 and older) can handle a safe vegetable peeler to peel the apple.  It may take them a while to do, but that’s the point of this activity - right?  They can then pass the apple to you to cut in quarters and core it for them.  Give the cored apple back, and (with a safe plastic vegetable knife, or dinner knife) they can cut it into slices.

Measuring the (few) ingredients into a freezer-safe ziploc bag is a math lesson too.  Zip the bag tightly closed and let them shake it till the ingredients are well mixed.

Here’s where you can let the youngest children place the sliced apples into the bag for cooking.  Have them practice counting as they go.  Now zip it closed and let everyone take a turn tossing it around till the apples are well coated.

See if you don't agree that this is a great idea to keep kids busy this summer.

For the amounts and very simple instructions - along with suggestions for how to use them once they are cooked - go to:

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