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Well friends, I don’t know about you, but this busy mama is always on the lookout for some kind of cute snack or insanely easy craft that will make me look like a rock star mom to my kid… but with minimal effort. Ha! How’s that for honesty? 🙂
I was thinking that I wanted to share with you all a really simple and yummy snack option made from ingredients you probably pretty much always have on hand. As I experimented with my ideas in the kitchen, I actually came up with three snack variations made from the same base recipe. And serious bonus points to me for the brave attempt at making an adorable snack… I’d say the Peanut Butter Apple Butterflies turned out pretty cute (see picture later in this post)! I’m also a big fan of the simple Peanut Butter Dip. It’s soooo delicious with apple slices. The third variation of the base recipe is a perfect after school snack – Peanut Butter and Jelly Fruit Dip. Yum!
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I like CAPRI SUN™ because they’re portable and my daughter thinks they’re quite a treat! She was a bit whiny today when I was getting ready to make her snack. I’m sure she was getting hungry by then, so I gave her a CAPRI SUN™ Organic to sip while I whipped up the Peanut Butter Dip. This is one of those very simple recipes that you can use to get your kids involved in making their food. Children can help with measuring, mixing, and serving.
Peanut Butter Dip
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (natural, low-sugar, or reduced fat peanut butter works well)
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
In a small mixing bowl, mix all three ingredients together well. Serve with apple slices for dipping. Makes 4 servings. To make the cute butterflies, I sliced one apple into 24 thin wedges and removed the core. I laid out 6 slices on each plate like this: I then topped each apple slice with a small amount of the Peanut Butter Dip: Finally, we decorated the butterflies with sugar sprinkles, mini dark chocolate chips, and red hot candies: See? Cute!
You could use other items for decorating the butterflies: raisins or other dried fruit, candy, cinnamon, white chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, coconut, etc.
The final variation of the dip recipe is my favorite: Peanut Butter and Jelly Fruit Dip. To make this yummy dip, start with the Peanut Butter Dip recipe above. In another small bowl, melt 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam on high in the microwave for about 30 seconds until completely melted. (careful… hot!) Stir the melted jam into the peanut butter mixture. Serve with sliced apples and graham crackers. I used seedless red raspberry jam because it’s my favorite, but you could substitute grape jelly if you wish. I wouldn’t use strawberry jam or any jam with seeds because it will mess with the smooth texture. So there you have it; three easy and delicious snack recipes!