Summer Snacking, Here We Come!

Well, we’ve had our requisite four days of spring here in South Texas and now the temperatures are in the 90s so out comes the water table in the back yard, the sunscreen, the mosquito spray (yep, we use DEET and our pediatrician said it was best because have you met the mosquitos in Houston??), and warm-weather snacks.

I recently bought some pop molds that I’ll use to make fresh fruit and yogurt popsicles, we do fruit smoothies year round, and I busted out a batch of homemade oatmeal raisin pecan cookies last week (and the two mom’s in the household are guilty of finishing them off), but the easiest shmeziest snack of all has been a combo of yogurt and fresh berries that I’ve been serving up with homemade granola.

Well, the granola was actually meant to be granola BARS, but I’ve yet to perfect the recipe, and they’re more crumbly than intended. But crumbly delicious works!

Homemade Granola

Here’s what we use:

  • Greek (Fage) Yogurt, 1/2c- higher in protein and tastes like ice cream, I am not even kidding!
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit – I’ve taken to a local farmers market and generally speaking, if the skins are to be eaten – like berries – I try to buy organic. If the skins will go to our neighbor’s compost, then regular (cheaper!) fruit we use (bananas, oranges, cantaloupe).
  • Homemade Granola, 2 Tbsp– I have not yet created the perfect on-the-go-doesn’t-crumble-at-the-grab-toddler-and-car-friendly granola (I’ve only made it once!), but I did some significant modifications to Ina Garten’s “Homemade Granola Bars” recipe which I am using as a base.
  • MMMMMMM, dee-lish! And just the kind of snack that the parents can enjoy alongside the kiddos, too!

    Okay, now your turn to dish on a favorite spring/summer snack!

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    Rachel is a work-out-of-the-home mom who is most recently managing the uncertainties in her life by taking control in the kitchen. She also writes about her family at Motherhood.Squared

    4 thoughts on “Summer Snacking, Here We Come!

    1. Hmmm, I have a great granola bar recipe (linked below) but it looks very similar to the one you posted. Very similar! I tend to make a bit more of the syrup which makes it hold together better (but does add a bit more sweetness, ah well).

      Another thing is once its in the pan you have to PRESS IT DOWN HARD with a layer of waxed paper on top, so it compresses together. That helps it stick together more too. Its still does come apart some in the car but not much!

      Other snacks we like is any fruit cut up and frozen, then eaten cold right out of the freezer. Oh, summer, I can’t wait for you to arrive around here! Jealous of your heat wave!
      .-= Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings´s last blog ..How to keep 10 kids busy for a LONG TIME (plus yummy granola bar recipe) =-.

    2. That granola/yogurt/fruit dish looks delish! Will have to serve it up to my kiddos and see how they like it.

      I’m curious to know where you got your pop molds. I’d love to make some homemade fruit pops myself.

      And as for as spring/summer snack. It’s got to be a nice fruit salad. Not very exciting or original, but I just love when fruit comes back into season again.
      .-= reanbean´s last blog ..Potty Training: I Wouldn’t Use the Word “Trained” Yet =-.

    3. Ikea sells pop molds for really cheap. That’s where we got ours.

      We mostly eat fresh fruit. Kind of boring but nothing beats really cold watermelon in the summer heat.
      .-= Samantha´s last blog ..I’m Baaaaack! =-.

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