The stockings are hung, the gifts are wrapped, and the Elf on the Shelf is about to make his last journey to the North Pole (woo hoo!). One of the greatest stress-busters during the busy holidays is to get in the kitchen with your kiddos. There’s just something therapeutic about the experience that really gets you in the true spirit of the season. Celebrate this Christmas Eve by preparing goodies for Santa and his reindeer. Both of these recipes are super-easy for kids of any age to make, and preparing them is an fun way to teach little ones a few kitchen skills.
Magic Reindeer Food
Yield: Makes 4 cups
As you mix together the ingredients, make sure little hands don’t reach in for a taste—this snack is for reindeer only!
2 cups regular oats
2 cups sunflower tropical birdseed mix
2 tablespoons red decorator sugar crystals
2 tablespoons green decorator sugar crystals
1. Combine all ingredients in a 2-qt. zip-top plastic bag.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Hartz Nutrition Bonanza Parrot & Other Large Hookbill Gourmet Diet birdseed.
Santa Snack Mix
Yield: Makes 8 cups
This snack mix recipe featuring crunchy cereals, sweet raisins, and spices is sure to be a family favorite during the holidays. It also doubles as a healthy snack for Santa when he’s delivering presents.
4 cups toasted oat bran cereal
1 cup multigrain cluster cereal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1 cup jumbo red raisins
1. Preheat oven to 250°. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Cook honey and butter together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and mixture is blended and smooth (about 5 minutes).
3. Pour honey mixture over cereal mixture, stirring to coat. Spread in a single layer on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
4. Bake at 250° for 55 minutes, stirring once every 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in raisins, and bake 5 more minutes. Spread immediately on wax paper; cool 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Quaker Oat Bran for toasted oat bran cereal and Kashi GOLEAN Crunch for multigrain cluster cereal.
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