Monday, February 7, 2011

Snack Match: Apple Smiles


A snack match is an allergy-friendly snack
that nutritionally and/or visually resembles
a popular children's snack.

This week's snack is:
Apple Smiles made from sliced apples,
cream cheese and marshmallows

Snack Match substitute: Smiling Pears

Smiling Pears
My angel thought these lips had rotten teeth!

My angel's class has been studying dental hygene and, to end the theme, decided to make Apple Smiles.  The apples were cut into wedges then smeared with cream cheese then the kids added marshmallow "teeth" to their smiles.  This "smile" was nothing that my little one would smile about so I came up with an alternative - Smiling Pears.  They were lots of fun, very healthy and reinforced a good lesson.

1/4 pear
1/4 C rice flour
1/4 t sugar
2/3 t honey
2-4 T hot water
Ocean Spray Craisins
  1. Cut pear into 2 wedges.
  2. Place pear wedges on a plate and turn the wedges to face each other like a pair of lips.
  3. In a small cup or bowl, mix rice flour, sugar, and honey.
  4. Begin adding hot water to the mix, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches a consistency slightly thinner than that of cream cheese.
  5. Let the flour mixture rest for 5 minutes to allow excess water to absorb and rice flour to reach a smoother texture.
  6. When flour mixture is ready, it should resemble cream cheese.
  7. Place Craisins in another small cup.
  9. Give your angels the pear "lips", flour mix, a small spoon, and the Craisin "teeth".  Have the kids smear a little of the flour mix onto their lips then stick the "teeth" onto the flour mix. 
  10. Enjoy with smiles!
NOTE:  The texture of the flour mix can sometimes be grainy.  If you would like to make a smoother texture, add a little more water and microwave 10 seconds at a time  until slightly cooked.  Use while still warm (not hot).  Careful....if you overcook this, it will turn into a rice cake!

1 comment:

  1. Since originally making this, I have found that using honey or an icing from my homemade powdered sugar + water taste better than the rice paste. The texture of the rice paste is challengin...while my angel doesn't mind it, I do!