This week, our storytime focused on bats. Did you know that many bats eat insects, including mosquitoes, up to 1200 per hour? And many more are pollinators, helping grow many crops. So, in their honor, we would like to share a couple of yummy recipes brought to you by bats. You can download these and more in this recipe book from Batweek.org.
- 1 1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, etc.)
- 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
- 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (cherries, banana chips, cranberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup yummy chocolate (chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- immediately or store in a plastic sealing bag or mason jar. (Will keep for 2-3 weeks.)
Fruit Bat Loves Smoothie
- 1/2 cup papaya pieces
- 1/2 cup mango pieces
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
- 1 tablespoon carob powder
- juice of one large orange
- juice of 1/2 lime
- If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
Next week’s storytime theme is shapes with guest star Ms. Lois. The week after will be apples. If you have a pre-schooler and can make it Friday at 10:30, drop in and share some learning fun.