My nine year old wanted to cook something, and I needed something to put in school lunches this week, so while the six year old did some drawing, we made fruit crunchies!
With only a few simple ingredients and no baking required, these little crunchy, fruity, bites are an easy sweet snack for kids to make.
There is a bit of chopping involved and you need to use the stove, so little ones will need an adult to do those parts, but older kids who have mastered some basic kitchen safety will be able to make these without much help at all.
You can vary the dried fruit and add whatever you like best – apple, apricot, mango, sultanas, cranberries, you could even throw in a few chocolate chips if you like.
Just like our homemade muesli bar recipe, you need to time the cooking of the sugar syrup once it comes to the boil. Two minutes on a gentle boil is enough to make everything stick together, less time and they’ll be too soft, more time and there won’t be enough to mix into the dry ingredients and they will go rock hard and brittle. So keep your eye on the time!
- ⅓ cup dried apricots
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ sultanas
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 50gm butter
- 1½ cups of puffed rice cereal
- Chop (or cut with scissors) the apricots and cranberries into small pieces.
- In a large bowl combine the dried fruit and puffed rice cereal.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a medium heat. When the mixture starts to boil cook it for a further two minutes then take it off the heat.
- Pour the syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix it through well.
- Allow the mixture to cool for a minute or two then roll/squash a heaped teaspoon of mixture into rough balls and put them into mini cupcake cases.
- Put then fruit crunchies into the fridge for 30 minutes or until they have hardened.
- Keep the fruit crunchies in an air tight container in the fridge.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
These fruit crunchies are a delicious treat, why not let the kids have a go at making them next time they are bored!
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