In my regular TRAVEL blog I’ve been writing a series of articles on ways to save when traveling with children. Most parents know that next to transportation and lodging expenses the biggest hit to a family’s budget while on vacation is food. Which is why I make a habit of packing snacks to bring with us on our family trips.
The following recipes are for very simple and affordable snacks that travel well. In fact, they are so simple that my 3-year-old daughter often helps me prepare them. Not only does it allow her to gain cooking experience, but also by making and packing the snacks she gets even more fired up about our upcoming trip.
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
5 cups rice or corn cereal squares or combination of both
1 cup raisins
1 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
Combine sugar and cinnamon.
In large skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add cereal squares and stir gently until all pieces are coated. Stir and heat for about 4 minutes; remove from heat.
Sprinkle sugar mixture over cereal, tossing to coat all sides.
Spread on paper towels to cool. When properly cooled, place cereal mixture in large bowl. Add raisins and chocolate pieces; toss to mix.
Store in tightly sealed container or large, sealed plastic bag.
Makes 5 cups.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY MINI CAKES
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups quick or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt, optional
1/3 cup jelly or your favorite fruit preserves, any flavor
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 30 mini-muffin pan cups with paper baking cups.
Beat together peanut butter, brown sugar and margarine until creamy.
Add milk, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
Press rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into each muffin cup. Make shallow indentation in center of dough; fill with 1/2-teaspoon preserves.
Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden.