Eat From the Garden

Try a recipe for Apple Pie in a Cup with the children in your life.

Kids in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Urban Garden Program enjoyed a summer filled with planting, weeding, composting and harvesting. And of course no garden experience is complete without a little taste-testing. As the groups gear up for fall, they’ve been enjoying a snack in the garden that’s both seasonal and fun: Apple Pie in a Cup. Try it out for yourself, then check out the rest of the Urban Garden Program story in the September issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, available Sept. 1 at southwestmetromag.com).

This recipe is perfect for the kids. Whether you have a whole group or just a few, this interactive treat from Kimberly Braun, children’s education instructor at the Arboretum, will be a hit.

 

Apple Pie in a Cup

For one cup you will need:

2-3 spoon full of vanilla yogurt

a few raisins - 6 or so

1 spoon full of granola

dash of cinnamon

small squeeze of honey

washed apples - the crisper the variety the better

an apple slicer

a cutting board

a cup - I like the 3 oz disposable cups, short enough for little fingers to reach the dip at the bottom of the cup

a spoon

 

Note:

For a large group of kids and little space (one picnic table), we do a moving assembling line where the kids stay sitting and adults walk around the table passing out supplies (due to a lack of space to lay out all the ingredients and also have somewhere to eat.) 

If you have more space, you could have each step be a station that the kids do themselves.  I have had kids do it themselves when I make it at the Arboretum where we have more space.

 

Directions:

1. Pass out one cup to each student.

2. The student holds the cup up as adults add ingredients.

3. Start with the yogurt, 2-3 spoon fulls in the cup.

4. Then add a few raisins

5. Add a scoop of granola

6. Add a small dash of cinnamon

7. Pass out one spoon to each student

8. Squeeze a small amount of honey onto the spoon.

9. Kids stir the ingredient together.

10. An adult slices the apples

11. Put 2 slices in the cup

12. Dip and Enjoy!

 

The kids might want a few more slices of apples to enjoy the rest of their dip or they can use their spoons to eat the rest of the dip.

I encourage the kids to try all the ingredients together, even if they think they don't like one of them. I tell them that when everything is mixed together, they might be surprised by how good everything tastes.  I offer adding less of what they think they don't like. If they are still not interested in trying, I just leave the ingredient out of their cup. 

The recipe is open for many different versions, I have used craisins, pumpkin pie spices, plain yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. depending on what I had on hand so don't be afraid to alter to suit your tastes and needs. 

--Recipe from Kimberly Braun, Children’s Education Instructor, Field Trips and Summer Garden at the Arboretum