Every kid knows that Santa Claus loves cookies and milk and his
reindeer are wild about carrots. But why not leave a more creative
snack by the fireplace on Christmas Eve this year?
These midnight treats will really stand out amid the traditional
snacks Santa and his team will encounter as they make their merry
deliveries. Plus, you can keep your little elves busy in the
kitchen while they wait patiently for the big guy's arrival.
After you've put out enough snacks for your much-anticipated
visitor, you'll have enough left over to munch on as you drive over
the hills and through the woods to grandma's house for Christmas
If you want to eschew Christmas Eve snack traditions this year
(and involve your kids in a fun cooking project), give these
recipes a try. Don't forget about Rudolph and the rest of the
hard-working reindeer pulling the sleigh. Whip up a batch of Run,
Run Rudolph Granola-a favorite of both reindeer and hungry
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl except for the
sugar crystals and dried fruit. Stir until all of the oats and nuts
are well-coated. Spread the mixture out in a single layer onto a
rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Stir the mixture halfway
through the cooking time. Be sure that the oats don't get too
Immediately after removing the granola from the oven, add in the
red and green sugar crystals and stir well to distribute evenly.
Mix in the dried fruit. Cool completely and store in an airtight
container for up to a month. After you've served the hungry
reindeer, the extra granola will make a great Christmas morning
breakfast. Run, Run Rudolph Granola makes a fun and whimsical gift
for children. Include this poem and instructions to sprinkle just a
little bit of this special "reindeer snack" on your front lawn on
Sprinkle on the lawn at night The moon will make it sparkle
bright. As Santa's reindeer fly and roam This will guide them to
After a thorough hand washing, put your little elves to work
measuring and mixing all of the ingredients together into a large
bowl. Spoon some of the trail mix into a goody bag for Santa so
that he can take it with him on Christmas Eve (this is the perfect
on-the-go snack for eating in a sleigh).
Store the remaining holiday trail mix in an airtight container
for your little elves to enjoy. You could easily make substitutions
in this recipe to accommodate tree nut allergies or other food
For a healthier version, choose low-salt nuts and use dried
fruit instead of the M&Ms and yogurt-covered raisins. You could
also substitute mini-pretzels or dry breakfast cereal for the
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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