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Make Whole-Grain Fruit Bars with the Super Crew Kids!

AICR and SuperKids Nutrition are teaming up to prevent cancer by promoting healthy habits in childhood. Our Healthy Kids Today – Prevent Cancer Tomorrow campaign toolkits are designed to show kids and parents how eating healthy foods and moving more can happen.

It's never been more important to teach kids healthy habits like eating smart and moving more. Today, one in three US children are overweight or obese – and obesity is a major cause of many cancers, according to AICR's Continuous Update Project.

But a healthy diet and regular activity can reduce the risk of future cancer and avoid overweight now. Our series of free Toolkits is designed to give parents step-by-step recipes, games and activities that focus on healthy foods and exercise.

1. Take the Pledge

First, take the Cancer Prevention Pledge with your kids. Then download our first toolkits – Eat Powerful Plant Foods and Go for Whole Grains. Additional free toolkits will be available from AICR's website each month.   

2. Try Our Kid-Approved Whole-Grain Fruit Bars

Here's an easy, healthy whole grains recipe your kids will love. Make these yummy, kid-tested Whole-Grain Fruit Bars with your kids' help so they begin to learn how to make healthy foods that taste good. These bars can be eaten as a healthy breakfast treat or a substitute for sugary desserts and Easter sweets.

Check out our Cooking with Kids and Safety Tips, too.

apricot fruit barsWhole-Grain Fruit Bars

 

  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 5 Tbsp. apple juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam or cherry jam, fruit-sweetened
  • 1 package (7 oz.) dried apricots or dried tart cherries, chopped
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix together oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda until well combined.
  4. In small bowl, whisk oil and 3 tablespoons juice together and pour over oat mixture, blending well until moist and crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup of mixture for topping.
  5. Press the remainder evenly into prepared pan.
  6. In small bowl, blend jam with remaining 2 tablespoons apple juice.
  7. Stir in dried fruit.
  8. Spread evenly over crust.
  9. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over fruit, lightly pressing down with fingers.
  10. Bake 35 minutes or until golden.
  11. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  12. Cut into bars.

Makes 16 bars. Nutrition analysis for apricot option: Per serving: 162 calories, 5 g total fat (<1 saturated fat), 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 63 mg sodium.

 

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