Charoset, Fruit Nut Dessert, Haroset) and Thinking Out of the Box

Hi everyone. Well, Spring is finally here, at least where I am-80 degrees today. My kids were all clamoring for ice cream which reminded me of how this will be a constant , everyday annoyance come Summer. This year I think I will try to fill them up on as much fruit in the morning as possible so I don’t have to worry about healthy items as much later in the day.

That reminds me! The other day, Asa, the 21 month old acrobat from the supermarket, actually requested green beans during breakfast when she was watching me prep my dinner! It made me realize how much we tend to give our kids what our culture dictates-cereal in the AM, sandwiches at lunch, etc. Because kids don’t usually eat vegetables for breakfast, it never would have occurred to me to offer them to her. i will now think out of the box more.

Anyhoo, here’s some kid friendly, healthy dessert that also just happens to be Passover Haroset. Enjoy. Thanks, Jacquie!

Jacquie Ruderman’s Famous Haroset:

3 cups chopped walnuts (or almonds)
1 cup craisins (I like them chopped)
1 cup dried prunes, chopped in a food processor
3 peeled, chopped apples
1 cup red wine-omit if it is for kids (Kosher wine if need be or grape juice)
1/2 cup Orange juice
2 1/2 tsp brown sugar

Combine all together and leave as is or stew together in a saucepan until it is a texture that you like-keep tasting it.
This can be served with yoghurt, as a dessert by itself, topping for ice cream, etc.


3 Responses

  1. That sounds so good! And any recipe that incorporates prunes on Passover (those of you who have eaten 5 pounds of matzoh in a week know what I’m talking about) is just an added bonus!

  2. PS – If you’re making it for kids, you can substitute red grape juice for the wine. That way you still get some of the flavor.

  3. I have never been a traditional breakfast eater. Typical breakfasts for me include soup, salad or, one of my favs, green peas(the frozen variety.)

    Because my daughter (6 years old) has seen these foods as “normal”, she too will eat “odd” but certainly healthier than pancakes breakfast foods. I recently asked her what her favorite breakfast was and she gave a big bowl of frozen peas a big thumbs up! Filled with vitamins, fiber and protein, even though it is a tad strange, I am pretty happy about it.

    I say squeeze in the healthy stuff whenever and wherever you can.

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