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When fall arrives it brings with it fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables to create some of our favorite snacks. Golden pumpkins, luscious berries and brightly colored apples can be made into some of the most tempting treats. Here are some fun and delicious harvest inspired snacks you can make for your family.
Harvest trail mix
Mix together raw or roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried apple chunks, raisins and dried sweetened cranberries. Make up a bowlful, or bag up separately for lunches. This is a healthy snack for active kids and busy parents alike. It can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
Red or green grapes
Place alternating pieces of fruit and cheese on skewers. Refrigerate for later, or serve immediately. Perfect as part of your kid's lunch, dinner or as a pick-me-up snack.
Caramel popcorn balls
7 ounces of vanilla caramels (1/2 package)
2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon water
7 cups popped popcorn
Melt caramels, butter and water in pan over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring frequently or microwave 1 1/2 minutes to melt.
Stir until caramel mixture is smooth. Pour caramel mixture over popped popcorn and mix well.
Shape into balls. You can wrap the balls individually in plastic wrap and store for several days.
Quick & easy pumpkin bars
1 box angel food cake mix
1 12 ounce can pumpkin or 12 ounces of fresh pumpkin puree
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Powdered sugar for topping
Mix ingredients and pour into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool. Cut into squares.
2 cups of your favorite fresh berries or a combination of berries, cut into small chunks
2 cups granola
2 cups plain yogurt
4 tablespoons honey
Using four tall or eight short glasses, place 2 tablespoons of yogurt into each glass.
Layer 2 tablespoons granola, then 2 tablespoons berries and a bit of honey. Repeat until the glass is full.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to store.
Cinnamon baked apples
4 baking apples (Granny Smith, Jonathan, Braeburn, Gala, Cortland or Red Delicious)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
Core apples from top, leaving some of the bottom intact. Place in baking dish.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Place 1 tablespoon of butter in each apple and fill with brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 30 minutes until apples are soft, but not mushy. You can also add nuts, raisins or fruit into your apple if desired.
Watch: How to roast pumpkin seeds
When you're carving your Halloween pumpkin, don't just throw away the seeds. Roast them in the oven!