Father's Day Recipes: Energy Mix Gift for Dad
Does dad come home low on energy at the end of the workday? Have your kids mix up a special Father's Day recipe of trail mix that he can take to work for proper fuel. Now maybe he'll come home and still have energy enough for a round of catch AND to whip up dinner. (Hey, a girl can dream!)
Make the sundae-making an entire activity for the kids (and dad!). Have the kids design an ice cream menu from which dad will place his order. Help them make soda-jerk hats out of construction paper, and have them wear aprons, just like if they worked in an ice-cream parlor! Make it even more special by serving dad's portion in his Father's Day gift—a mug or bowl the kids decorate themselves at a paint-your-own pottery studio! It'll be a recipe for a sweet Father's Day from start to finish.
- Mixologist: your kid
- Nutty fruity consultant: you
- A clean recycled glass jar with lid or plastic zip top bags
- Mailing labels
- Embellishments: Stickers, buttons, bottle caps, pebbles, seashells, etc.
- Hot glue gun: Kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do all the gluing.
- A scrap of fabric: Big enough to cover the top of the jar.
- Ribbon or raffia
- 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dried apricots, date nuggets, banana chips, apple chips, dried papaya, dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried blueberries)
- 1 cup nuts and/or seeds (peanuts, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup dry cereal (choose any non-sugary kind)
- Salty add-ins: pretzels, sesame sticks, oriental rice crackers
- Sweet add-ins: chocolate chips or small candies
- Place equal parts of nuts, dried fruits and cereal in a large plastic zipper bag and shake gently to combine.
- Add small amounts of sweet or salty add-ins, again shaking gently to combine.
- Pour the trail mix into a large jar that dad can store at work or in the car (watch those chocolate pieces in a hot car, dad!), or into sandwich-sized plastic zipper bags for individual portion sizes.
- Have your kid decorate sticky labels to place on the jar or bags, with names like "Dad's Super Duper Power Mix" or "Ed's Energy Edibles".
- Have your kid put the labels on the jar or bags. Let him use the stickers to decorate the jar and/or help him add on some embellishments with the hot glue gun.
- Have your kid hold the fabric over the lid while you tie the ribbon or raffia around it to make a festive jar-topper.
- It's a Father's Day recipe to give dad some pep in his step!
Note: This snack mix isn't just a great Father's Day recipe, it's fantastic as an on-the-go snack recipe any old day of the year, too!