Fox 8 Recipe Box: Easy ways to put a healthy spin on snack time for your kids

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Forget milk and cookies!

We're putting a new and healthier spin on snack time for your kids.

Stefanie Paganini, culinary instructor at Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, stopped at Fox 8 News in the Morning Tuesday to show us some easy examples.

Strawberry Fruit-Roll Ups Recipe

2 1/2 qts. fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
3-4 Tbsp. granulated sugar (depending on how ripe the berries are)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. powdered gelatin
Heat strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in a non-reactive saucepan until sugar has completely melted.
Pour strawberry mixture into a food processor or vitamix and puree.  Add gelatin to the strawberry mixture and puree again.
Line a baking sheet pan with a silicon mat (silpat) and pre-heat the oven to the lowest possible setting, between 150-200°F.  Pour puree onto silpat and bake in the oven for 3-4 hours, until dry but not crispy.

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Makes one 8x8 square pan


2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and then spray the paper with cooking spray.

Place oats on a cookie sheet and place in oven to toast. Toast until a light golden color, approximately 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven and place in a large mixing bowl with cherries and cranberries.

In a non-reactive sauce pan, heat honey, butter, sugar, and vanilla until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over oats mixture and stir together with a spatula. Allow mixture to cool before adding the chocolate chips or they chips will melt.

Press mixture firmly into pan and allow to completely chill and set up in the refrigerator for an hour. Cut into desired shape.


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