This towering strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Fun for your senior activities. Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.

Nutrition — As we’ve discussed on previous pages, the strawberry is an excellent food for elderly nutrition due to its high content of vitamins, especially Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and fiber. So use it often, and for sure try this kabob. (Also take a look at our page on easy apple recipes for more fun ideas).

For many occasions and holidays — You can change out the fruit, colors, and candy (if you are using any) depending on what your occasion is. This kabob can be used as a centerpiece, door prize, gift, or dessert. I’m sure you can think of other uses too!

Towering Fruit Kabob

You will need:

  • Plate or shallow bowl
  • 1 doily for under the apple in the dish (optional)
  • 1 long wooden skewer
  • (Optional) 1 small doily for top of apple
  • 2 red apples. washed
  • Lemon juice in a bowl
  • 2 large strawberries
  • 2 large gum drops (or you can use other fruit instead)
  • 1 raspberry for topper
  • Festive candies to surround the kabob at the bottom (or other fruit pieces)

Start by poking a hole in the whole apple with a sharp instrument such as an ice pick, which you will stick the skewer into. The pointed tip of the skewer may be able to poke a hole, but only if the apple is soft enough.

It’s easier to get a straight hole and make it stand up straight, if you use something stronger than the stick. Whatever you use, make sure it is clean, as this fruit kabob will be eaten. Put the apple into its dish. It looks nice to have a doily under the apple.

Stick the skewer into the apple hole. Then begin stacking your fruits on the stick. I started out with a slice of apple, cut out of the second apple that you have. Immediately set the slice in the lemon juice for a minute, to prevent browning. Then put it on the stick.

I next put on a gumdrop, followed by a large strawberry, and so on. Try to keep the heaviest fruits at the bottom — the fruit kabob tower can get top heavy and start to lean. Top off the tip with your raspberry topper. Or a festive candy looks cute too.

Arrange candies in the dish around the apple, or other fruit. I was making Valentines Day desserts, so I used gumdrop hearts, and my colors were red and white.

Have fun making a fruit kabob, and be sure to try new ways to enhance it!

Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! Makes great senior activities.
Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate — A fun and yummy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included. Perfect for elderly activities too.
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got  super-delicious, super-easy, ones that to boost nutrition.

Go to: Fresh Strawberry Desserts.

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Our Valentines Day Desserts are simple but unique!

If you need special Valentines Day ideas for treats and desserts (something to go along with those Valentine flowers or other Valentines Day gift ideas), then we just might have something here for you!

Many of our desserts are made with fresh fruit, which is an important component of good nutrition, especially elderly nutrition. Strawberries and raspberries are especially popular (and healthy) for this day. Of course there are ways to dress these up or make them decadent too!

And remember, if you have sugar restrictions, most recipes can be made with a sugar substitute (such as stevia, a natural plant derivative – it’s the healthiest we’ve found). We also have several easy, healthy dessert ideas using honey or delicious pure maple syrup.

We recommend using low-fat, low or no sugar products for Valentines Day desserts, whenever possible. Including chocolate. Many of these alternative sweets are found in health food stores. If you haven’t shopped them and want to eat healthy, do make a visit and see what healthy substitutes you can find.

Adding drizzles of chocolate (have you ever tried carob instead?) or caramel will dress up any of these Valentines Day desserts, as will adding a chocolate heart to the top – perhaps a-top whipped cream or ice cream? Or encircle the bottom of the serving plate or bowl with valentine candies. You can get many kinds sugar-free.

Our Valentines Day Desserts

Valentine Apple Bowl

Valentines Day desserts are more showy when you use many layers, and this one has a special surprise topper too, a pink chocolate swirl (the simple instructions are on our food activities page – try it!)

You will need:
Large red apple, halved and core scooped out
3 or 4 strawberries, halved
3-4 strawberries, cut in pieces
4-5 raspberries
Raspberry sauce or jam
Chocolate sauce
Valentine candy

This is just a matter of cutting and scooping the core out of the apple, and then filling it up with goodies. Berries were also placed at the base of the apple.

I put cut strawberries and raspberries inside, plus home-made strawberry sauce. (Just cook cut strawberries with a little honey or pure maple syrup for about 30 minutes in a covered pan on Low until berries are soft. Then mash them to make a healthy sauce). You could also add in strawberry ice cream under or over the sauce.

Next, I stacked more berries, and then chocolate syrup, letting it drizzle down. Lastly, the pink chocolate swirl. These are simple, by microwaving white chocolate chips at 15 second intervals until melted, then adding a drop of red food coloring. With a spoon, drizzle it onto wax paper. I used a toothpick to help nudge it off. Refrigerate about 15 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula – the detail is strong enough to stay in tact.

You can get more details and a photo at the link above. The last item is a Valentine candy by the apple.


Valentine Strawberry Cake

Using slices of strawberries in Valentines Day desserts is ideal, because after you cut out the stem in a circular motion and slice the berry, they look like hearts. This dessert was made by first baking your favorite chocolate cake.

You will need:
Chocolate cake baked in advance
White or pink frosting
Sprinkles
At least a dozen strawberries, sliced
5-6 strawberries, cut in pieces
Strawberry sauce or jam
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate heart for the top (of each square)

Bake the cake and cut it into squares before applying filling to the center. I find it easier to cut the smaller squares in half in order to insert the filling, rather than trying to cut the whole cake in half — but do it whichever way works for you.For a group activity, cut the cake into squares first may be easier.

In a bowl, mix the cut strawberry pieces in with enough sauce or jam to spread filling on the center of the cake. I also added a few dabs of whipped cream. Open up the cake halves, spread on some filling, then sandwich them back together.

For frosting, I just used an easy kind that is applied from a can. Then added a few sprinkles. Next, I drizzled a little strawberry sauce over the frosting. Then I placed 5 sliced strawberry “hearts” in a flower shape on top of each cake square. Lastly, the chocolate candy was added.

Strawberry-Cranberry Relish with Hearts

A strawberry-cranberry relish may be a nice touch for your Valentine Day desserts. And on top just add a few flowers made of strawberry slices, as described previously. The centers are a dab of whipped cream and candy on top. Also included is a heart-shaped candy.

I have a great all-natural cranberry relish recipe made with pure maple syrup, at the link. (Frozen cranberries work fine too). As you make it, you can also include chopped strawberries as it cooks. Or simply use canned cranberries with a little strawberry sauce (from our fresh strawberry desserts page), strawberry syrup, or jam mixed in.

Chocolate Strawberry Tower

This colorful tower of strawberries and chocolate makes a statement with your Valentines Day desserts! If you’re ambitious, you could make one for everyone. Otherwise, it could serve as a centerpiece at dessert time at each table. Those at the table would share the strawberries. And a heart candy could be provided for everyone too, as well as a pink chocolate covered strawberry (see that section further below) for each.

You’ll need very large strawberries and a kabob skewer, as well as chocolate syrup, which you drizzle onto each berry as you stack it on the skewer. And a plate, of course. The bottom berry should be the largest, and I cut off a slice from the side it’s sitting on, to made it stand.

After you’ve stacked and drizzled all the berries with chocolate, drizzle a bit more on the bottom. Add the candy hearts. And a pink chocolate covered strawberry, then green candy, at the top.

Refrigerate until serving. Depending on the chocolate you use, it may also harden, which is nice because it’s less messy. You can provide forks for everyone to help them get the strawberries off the stack.

Raspberry Puff Pastry

There is a variety of ways you can dress up these flaky pastry puffs for Valentine Day desserts. Some of the ideas are below.

You will need:
Package of frozen puff pastry
Pint of raspberries
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tblspn corn starch
1 Tblspn water
1+ teaspoon gelatin
½ cup sugar, or sweetener
Yoghurt, low-fat whipping cream, or custard, or vanilla ice cream
Natural chocolate sauce (optional)
Red food coloring (optional)

Bake the puff pastry according to the instructions on the package. Cool, and cut in half.

Berry Mix:
Mix ¼ of the raspberries in a sauce pan, and stir in the sweetener.
Dissolve the corn starch into the lemon juice. Then add into the above sauce.
Cook the mixture on Medium-Low heat until thickened.
Mix the gelatin in the water. Add into the thickened sauce.
Add in most of the rest of the raspberries – but save some out for later.

Assemble the dessert:

If you are using whipped cream, place some in a bowl and add a drop of red food coloring to make pink whipped cream. Stir very gently. This may also work with yoghurt.
Scoop some whipped cream onto the bottom half of the puff pastry.
You can also add a couple spoonfuls of chocolate sauce too.
Add 3 or 4 raspberries.
Cover with the puff pastry top.
Place a generous scoop of the raspberry sauce on top.
Top it with whipped cream (or other topping), plus a red Valentine candy, or chocolate! (You can also add in other colors of berries as well, if you’d like). These are very good chilled before serving.

Frozen Pink Sorbet or Ice Cream Pie

These refreshing Valentines Day desserts are made with real fruit strawberry or raspberry sorbet. Of course, strawberry ice cream (as in top photo) is great too. Or try strawberry Rice Dream. It’s a delicious ice cream substitute, made with naturally sweet rice syrup. If you’ve never tried it, do!

You will need:
1 quart or 2 pints of sorbet
1 pie crust (Graham cracker or chocolate cookie crumb crust is great with this) — or
A dozen mini pie shells or fillo shells (as in photo)
2/3 cup (or more if you’d like!) of chocolate chips
Fresh raspberries; frozen if fresh are not available
Optional: ½ cup mandarin oranges, chopped (canned is OK, not in sweet syrup)

Soften the sorbet so it is mixable. Put it in a bowl.
Fold in the raspberries, oranges, and chocolate chips, mixing gently.
Put the sorbet mixture into the pie crust (we used mini fillo shells) and smoothen it out. Cover it well with plastic wrap and re-freeze. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, or top it with a spoonful of chocolate sauce. Or both. Plus a chocolate candy. Go for it — after all, it’s for Valentines Day desserts.

Apple Cranberry Roll-ups

These roll-ups can be made with either canned cranberry sauce, or homemade using either fresh or frozen cranberries. This is a deliciously tart dessert, not too sweet. But if you want sweeter, just add a little more whipped cream or ice cream! Or add a little granular sweetener to the sauce (more syrup would make it too soupy).

You will need:
4 to 6 apples
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ cup of pure maple syrup (you can add more, to taste)
1 can of cranberry sauce (the gelatin kind does not work as well) – or you can make fresh!
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of pecan or walnut pieces
I package of refrigerated crescent rolls, low fat

Peel, core, and cut the apples into small pieces. Put them into a medium sized sauce pan, and add in the lemon juice and maple syrup. Cook, covered, on medium heat until the apples are almost tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Add in the cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and nuts. Mix together.

Separate the crescent roll dough, and spread each out (into the triangle shape) on a greased cookie sheet. Put some of the fruit mixture into the center, then roll them up according to the instructions, and seal the ends. Brush the tops with a little maple syrup.

Bake according to instructions, usually 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Before serving, put a spoonful of leftover filling on top. Finish it off with the topping of your choice: ice cream, whipping cream, yoghurt, or chocolate sauce. And, of course, a Valentine candy on the top or the side. You can serve these Valentines Day desserts warm or at room temperature.

Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. They are perfect for lots of Valentines Day desserts. From my mom’s 50+ year-old, fabulous strawberry pie recipe – to an easy hand-crafted chocolate cup chuck full of various berries and goodies –they’re delicious!

We like to go for Healthy on our web site as much as possible, so we try to offer those types of recipes, some suggestions, and let you decide how you want to get imaginative with them! Even the chocolate morsels can be low in sugar, and from the health food store, if desired. The ice cream is all-natural. 

All-Natural Easy Brownies

This all-natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage? Make this for your Valentines Day desserts, and even add some chopped cherries (or other red fruit) into the batter. You can also add chocolate chips into it to make them extra chocolaty.

And top the servings with whipped cream tinted pink with a little red food coloring. Or pink ice cream. And a chocolate candy to top it all off, of course. Take a look at: All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe.

Chocolate Cheese Cake

One of our readers graciously submitted this fabulous chocolate cheese cake recipe in our Share Your Healthy Desserts Forum, so we are featuring it here.

Dress it up — All you need to do is add your own red candy or fruit enhancements (or pink whipped cream), and you have one of the truly rich Valentines Day desserts. Click here to go to Rob’s page and see his recipe: Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! We have instructions for both white and dark chocolates, the easy way. Chocolate strawberries can be either elegant or whimsical additions to your Valentines Day desserts.

And you can make them pink if you add a little red food coloring to the white chocolate, as shown with this mouse. It’s ears are strawberry slices, and its tail a strip of red licorice.

The pink bunny also has strawberry eats. As for the love bird, its wings and tail are heat-shaped strawberries. The beak is sliced almonds. You’ll see just what to do for these when you read the page at the link: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Here is how I incorporated the love bird into a fancier setting. Just place it in a small wine or apertif glass filled with strawberry ice cream, yoghurt, etc. You can get the foil garlands at craft stores, then cut them into sections to wind around the glasses. These would also be lovely in a hand-painted wine glass as shown below.

Brandy Chocolate Custard

This delicious custard recipe was graciously shared in our desserts forum by a reader. So I’m adding it in to our Valentines Day desserts. You can see it at Brandy Chocolate Custard. (I added in extra coco powder and extra brandy because I like strong flavor!

After it was done baking, I put it all into a blender, added in about 1/2 cup of raspberries, and blended it until smooth. The raspberries gave it a wonderful taste. But this is optional.

It’s topped with a raspberry and pink chocolate swirl, but you could top it with anything you’d like. At the bottom is a candy heart.

You can see that it’s served in a hand-painted wine glass, which I use not just for beverages, but for serving all sorts of treats, including a variety of Valentines Day desserts, even to fill with candy or nuts. See the link at how to paint glass.

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Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there. You put in little or no effort – no salt or ice needed. The work is done by electricity or a cranking paddle, and a special freezer bowl that you pre-freeze in the freezer before starting (this takes several hours).

And with the right recipes, ice cream can be a healthy dessert almost anyone can indulge in, even those who have dietary issues that restrict sugar or fat.

On this page we’ll be giving some from-scratch recipes on how to make ice cream with an ice cream maker. Making and eating ice cream can be delicious senior activities. See how it might fit in with your group. (Ice cream can add pizzazz to Valentines Day desserts too, and other holidays).

But you can also buy your favorite ice cream, especially if you need to use a certain kind, and then enhance it with the recipes below. You can turn any standard vanilla ice cream into something very special!

My Dad was a pro at how to make ice cream – he always made his own homemade, even when he was in his 90s. He used a Donvier ice cream maker. He had to turn the crank himself, but other brands such as Cuisinart make an all-electric model. It makes about a quart of ice cream.

Here are some of Dad’s recipes. They’re easy healthy recipes, and you can always use your imagination and tweak them yourself! You can use milk instead of cream, but keep in mind that it won’t be quite as “creamy.” Still very good, though.

How To Make Ice Cream

Basic Honey Ice Cream

I’m partial to cooking with honey and pure maple syrup. So this recipe is great with either as a sweetener.

1 cup chilled whole milk
2 cups chilled heavy cream
3/4 cups honey
2 tsp vanilla

Blend the ingredients together well. Then just pour into your ice cream machine, according to the directions of the machine. When it has gone through its mixing cycle, then freeze the ice cream in a plastic container. You can add all kinds of flavorings to this basic recipe, including chocolate pieces and syrup, fruit, nuts, etc. Cut down on the vanilla when adding flavorings.

Basic Ice Cream Recipe – With Eggs

This recipe makes a about quart. To make a about pint, cut the ingredients in half. This is a traditional recipe when folks learned how to make ice cream the old-fashioned way, with eggs. So you would have to make sure the eggs you used are pasteurized or safe. But the recipe is exceptionally rich and delicious.

6 eggs
1 ½ cup honey
3 pints of cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt

Add ingredients into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions on how to make ice cream for your individual model.
The recipes below are made with a pint of ice cream.
Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker about when to add in chopped fruit and nuts in the mixing and freezing process. Or soften your already made ice cream and add in the ingredients.

Apple Ice Cream

Use the above basic recipe (but scaled to one pint), or softened already made ice cream. Also add in:
Substitute ½ of the cups of honey with apple juice
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup chopped walnuts

If you’re using softened already made ice cream, do not over mix when you add these in. Then re-freeze and it’s ready to serve.

Pina Colada Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
1 cup of juice-packed crushed pineapple (just slightly drain off some juice)
1 cup grated, unsweetened coconut
Taste the mixture before freezing. You can always increase amounts of ingredients if you want more of a particular flavor. Mix together and freeze well.

Lemon Custard Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made, according the the following process:
¼ cup honey
½ cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons more of lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 Tablespoons finely minced lemon peel

In a pan on the stove top, heat the honey and ½ cup lemon juice to boiling. Separately, mix together well the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and cornstarch. Then add in to the boiling mixture. Remove from heat. Add the lemon peel. Cool the mixture quickly by setting the pan over a bowl of ice. Then stir into the ice cream and freeze. Or re-freeze if you’re using already made.

Peach and Honey Ice Cream

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups of peeled, diced peaches (frozen or canned is fine)
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with ripe, peeled peaches mashed, and flavored with honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon.

Fresh Strawberry

Add into your basic ice cream recipe (one pint), or mix into softened already made:
2 cups fresh, chopped strawberries
½ teaspoon almond extract

Mix into the ice cream recipe, or softened ice cream. When frozen, top with chocolate or strawberry sauce and more fresh strawberries.

Learning how to make ice cream the easy way makes really fun elderly activities. And almost anyone can eat the results. Just plan it a little ahead of time if you’re using an electric ice cream maker, so it will be ready. It’s worth the effort and the wait! And the sky is the limit with what you can do to dress up ice cream.

After you learn how to make ice cream…
also be sure to see:

Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Raved-About Easy Pecan Pie — This is an old family recipe that has been around for over 50 years, and is very unique (with a surprise sweetener). It’s always raved about, and people say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And easy! Just takes a few minutes to prepare — and a is a true no-brainer!
All-Natural Easy Brownie Recipe — This all natural easy brownie recipe is also nutritious for you! As you may know, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants, so why not take advantage and use chocolate in a healthy dessert? Learn our special recipe here.

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This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).

Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.

So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes

Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe


Ingredients
:

1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)

Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.

Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.

It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.

When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.

Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.

Also be sure to read:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition.
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious! And many are perfect for adding cranberries to.


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Having easy edible flower recipes in your list of fun senior and elderly activities will add an interesting and probably new experience. They will add elegance and pizzazz to whatever you are serving, be it a full-fledged party or special dessert. And they’re especially fun to use in the winter when the bad-weather blahs may have hit.

Edible flowers have been popular in various places in Europe for quite some time and is actually an ancient tradition. Lately they have been making a come-back in the U.S.

My daughter recently returned from Europe and brought me a jar of home-made Rose Jam from a farmer’s market in Moldova. It is sweet and delicious with a hint of rose flavor and aroma. Perhaps you know someone who used to make jam – this would be an easy project for them to research and teach to a group to make.

So here are a few things to do with edible flowers, and things you should know about them. For a flower to be truly edible, you must be certain of a few things. Learning about and working with edible flowers creates all sorts of opportunities for senior activities, and can be modified for the more elderly as well.

My Friend’s Tips

The following are a few tips from a friend of mine who specializes in growing and gathering herbs and flowers to use in her own natural products.

Facts About Edible Flowers

  • In order to be edible, the flowers must be either designated as “edible” at a store or through a catalog, indicating there were no chemicals or pesticides used.
  • A farmer’s market or specialty food store may carry them.
  • If you buy them, make sure they are organic.
  • It is best not to buy your flowers from a florist or garden store. They probably have used chemicals so cannot be used in any edible flower recipes.
  • If you grow your own flowers, do not ever use pesticides.
  • If you gather your flowers — my friend advises that if you pick them in the wild, be sure to stay at least 50 feet away from any road or highway.
  • When using edible flower recipes, cut your flowers close to the blossom, preferably just before you are ready to use them. Gathering early in the morning when they are fresh and dewy is best, says my friend.
  • Be sure to always thoroughly wash the plants to get rid of bugs and debris like seeds, twigs, dirt, etc.
  • Caution: — Be sure to learn about your flowers – certain flower parts may be toxic or inedible. For instance, for certain flowers, it may be okay to use petals. But leaves and berries could be poisonous.
  • Also be aware whether anyone in your group has serious plant allergies.

Popular Edible Flowers

Here is a short list of some of the popular flowers for edible flower recipes that my friend has recommended using. There are many more options, and a supplier can supplement this list. Some are especially good in desserts, some in salads. You can taste them yourself and get a sense of what you would like to put them on.

Lavender
Calendula (marigold)
Roses
Tulip petals
Geraniums
Pansies
Lilac
Honeysuckle
Hibiscus
Impatiens
Tulips
Carnations
Johnny jump ups

You can certainly buy edible flowers that are already prepared, including online (be sure the company is reputable). But here are a few things you can do yourself.

Floral Ice Cubes

Using petals and small buds in ice cubes is charming and easy to add to edible flower recipes. There are a few things to know when doing this.

Ice cubes can look murky. But if you boil water for a couple minutes and then fill the trays, the cubes will be clearer. Also, the flower will want to float to the top of the water in the ice cube tray.

So to fully cover the flowers, fill the water half way up, add the flowers, freeze, then cover the flowers with more water and freeze again. This will ensure they are completely within the ice cube. Unless, that is, you want the look of the flower peeking up out of the top of the ice.

It’s also fun to have colored ice by using either fruit juice, or adding a little food coloring. In this case, in order to see the flowers well, you’d want to make sure they are near the tops of the cubes or poking out.

Making Sugared Flowers and Petals

Sugaring petals (or whole small flowers and buds) makes a fun activity. They can be saved for later too. Use them on top of special cupcakes, ice cream desserts, or fancy fruit salads. No doubt you will come up with many ideas of your own.

What You Need
Your fresh, organic flowers or petals
Small dish of water
1 egg white at room temperature
Fine sugar
Wax paper
Tweezers
Paint brush

Wash and pat dry your flowers. Beat the egg white until frothy, and then add about 3 drops of water to smoothen it. Pick up the flowers with a tweezer and dip in the egg white, spreading it around all over on both sides with a very slightly damp paint brush. You can add a couple more drops of water, if needed, to make it brush on well.

When coated, sprinkle with the fine sugar on both sides. You can also use colored sprinkle sugar (as used in cookie decorating), but it is coarser.

After they are sugared, place the flowers on your wax paper, and let them dry out until slightly brittle. (This can take 2 to 3 days). If you are going to keep them for future use, put them in a plastic container covered tightly with a lid, and separate the layers with wax paper. I have also kept them in the freezer.

Floral Fruit Salad

Here are a couple fun edible flower recipes, using a fruit salad with a color scheme! You may be familiar with Ambrosia – a tossed fruit salad using a large variety of fruit of your choice. (See our ambrosia fruit salad recipe page with ideas for toppings and dessert as well).

Red Floral Fruit Salad

Lightly toss together any of the following, plus any other pink or red fruits you may fancy. The amounts are flexible, according to what you like. Being red, these are also perfect for Valentine’s Day.

    ½ to 1 of cup cubed watermelon
    ½ cup pitted cherries
    1 cup diced strawberries
    ½ cup raspberries
    1 cup cubed red apples
    ½ cup cubed red plums
    1 cup red grapes
    ½ cup pink grapefruit
    ½ cup pomegranate seeds

After you have lightly mixed together the previous fruit, carefully add in your red edible flower petals, such as rose or carnation. Making sugared petals, as described above, are delicious for this. You can also gently mix in some whipped cream tinted with a drop or two of red food coloring to make it pink.

Yellow Floral Fruit Salad

Follow the general instructions above, but use yellow fruit such as:

    ½ to 1 cup peaches or nectarines
    ½ to 1 cup papaya chunks
    1 cup chopped yellow apples
    ½ to 1 cup sliced banana
    ½ to 1 cup pineapple chunks
    ½ to 1 cup fresh apricot chunks
    1 cup cantaloupe chunks

You can garnish with lemon rind (candied is delicious), as well as yellow flower petals of your choice.

White Floral Fruit Salad

Here are some options for a lovely white fruit salad, perfect for anniversaries, showers, or parties of any kind. Using elegant dishes will really dress it up. Perhaps a little mimosa (orange juice and champagne) as well?

    ½ to 1 cup of peeled apples ½ to 1 cup of sliced bananas½ to 1 cup pear chunks½ to 1 cup white peaches or nectarines½ cup shredded coconut

Many of the edible flower recipes are delicious with whipped cream but this one is especially so. It will look lovely with a crystallized, sugared flower on top, particularly if you are making individual servings.

Floral Fruit Dessert

Edible flowers can be used on cupcakes and cakes of all kinds.

Or if you are looking for edible flower recipes to use for dessert, you can use the floral fruit salad idea as described above. First place a scoop of strawberry ice cream in a bowl (I put the ice cream on the bottom so it doesn’t squash any fruit or the flower petals). On top of the ice cream add about a cup of your fruit mix. Finally, garnish with more rose and/or carnation petals. You might like to add a contrasting colored flower to be an accent color.

I have also dipped a carnation (use mini sizes if you want them in individual servings) in water, sprinkled lightly with sugar (or Splenda), then placed it in a small dish to freeze. This make a lovely topping for any dessert or salad. And it’s edible.

Also see our Ambrosia Fruit Dessert on the ambrosia fruit salad recipePlus, see which festive ideas on our fresh strawberry desserts page would be make fun edible flower recipes.

Floral Beverages

Besides floating lovely ice cubes with petals of mini flowers in your favorite beverage, try making a few of these beverages; or use any of your own favorites as edible flower recipes.

Floral Mimosa
Use a 50/50 combo for these delicious drinks.
If you are serving a larger group, use one bottle of champagne (non-alcoholic grape beverages are a nice option also), and 1 carton of orange juice. Mix together well. Add in your flowers and ice cubes, if using. For individual glasses, proportions would be approximately half orange juice and half champagne, per glass.

Flower Punch

You can use any basic punch recipe that you have, then add your floral ice cubes and float some petals as well. When you bring it out to serve, you can also float several scoops of sherbert; and top of each place an edible flower (I have used my frozen crystallized carnations as described above). Eventually the sherbert melts into the punch, leaving the flowers to glide on the top of your punch bowl. And any punch can be color-specific with your theme – just change out the punch, fruit and flower colors.

Basic Punch Recipe:

1 (64 oz.) container of fruit punch (or flavor of your choice)
1 (2 liter) bottle of gingerale (sparkling wine is a great substitute)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
I cup sliced bananas
1 orange, sliced
I gallon of sherbert, your choice of flavors
2 trays of ice cubes (with edible flowers or petals)
First put the liquids into your punch bowl and stir. Gently add in the fruit. Float as many scoops of sherbert as you’d like on the top. And of course, don’t forget your flowers and floral ice cubes.

Easy Sangria Recipe

Our easy sangria recipe is sure to add sparkle to your festivities. Choose a recipe for either red or white wine. They’re different! Or sparkling grape juice is delicious too. Just add a few flower petals of your choice, and float your floral ice cubes.

Activities

Here is a summary of some of the interesting senior activity ideas that come from working with edible flowers and edible flower recipes:

  • Learning (including research) about edible flowers
  • Flower identification
  • Having a flower presentation by an expert or someone in your group
  • Growing your own gardens, including indoors in the winter
  • Gathering flowers, either your own or in the wild
  • Using the edible flowers in recipes, etc.
  • Having special parties and teas with edible flowers in the desserts, salads and beverages
  • Making sugared flowers, including to give as gifts
  • Having an edible flower tasting party – flavors do vary

Edible flower research can make a really fun activity. You will find that various kinds have various tastes – some citrusy, some spicy, some sweet. Using them in various foods is a great experiment. Have an expert from a nursery or organic garden give a talk to your group.

Better yet, if you have someone in your group with experience in edible flowers – you have it made! So try out some of these edible flower recipes and activities for yourself. It’s something a little bit different to do any time of year, whether outdoors or in.

Get more edible flower recipes:

Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Think how you can use them as edible flower recipes.
Valentine’s Day Desserts — These Valentine’s Day Desserts are simple but unique. And healthy! Of course there are ways to dress them up or make them decadent too! Including using them for edible flower recipes.

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This natural apricot bread recipe with almonds is both tangy and sweet, with very healthy ingredients. It’s made with both fresh apricots, which makes it very moist; and dried, which adds a little zest! (You can also use either/or instead of both).

The theme of our recipes is “healthy,” and this one is no exception. Apricots are very high in Vitamin A and C, Potassium, lots of other vitamins and minerals, and provide lots of fiber. As with other fruits, they’re low in sodium, and fats, and low in calories.

When you mix this with almonds, a high-protein nut with lots of calcium and manganese for bones, Vitamin E and phytochemicals that can protect against cancer and heart disease, and “good” fats with no cholesterol — you get a great combination. (Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).

Both apricots and almonds are excellent for elderly nutrition. In this recipe we use a more natural sweetener, raw honey or pure maple syrup, which also adds a wonderful flavor. Our healthy dessert recipes also whole wheat pastry flour (which has a fine consistency like regular flour). So here it is…

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Apricot Bread / Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cup dried apricots
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup honey (raw is best) or pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

1 cup chopped or slices almonds
1/2 cup fresh chopped apricots
1/2 tsp grated orange rind

Cook the dried apricots in the water for 7 to 10 minutes (covered, on low heat) until soft. Cool completely. Add in butter, syrup or honey, and salt. Beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Then fold into the other liquid ingredients. Lastly, add the almonds, chopped fresh apricots, and orange rind. Put mixture into a greased & floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Cool for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan.

This tasty almond apricot bread can be served at breakfast, brunch, or a coffee break. It’s perfect with a little butter or natural all-fruit apricot jam. Even whipped cream or ice cream!

Be sure to also check out:

Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition. Don’t miss these!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – the easy way! And fun decorating projects too! For all ages; also makes great senior activity ideas.
Festive and Easy Sangria Recipe — Our easy sangria recipe is sure to add sparkle to your festivities. Choose a recipe for either red or white wine. They’re different! Or sparkling grape juice is delicious too. Check these out!
Fiesta Party Ideas — See our fiesta party ideas and easy recipes, including for some delicious Sangrias. Fun projects for party decorations and centerpieces too.

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natural banana cake

Our Simple Banana Cake recipe is exactly that – simple. But it’s also natural and high in nutrition. Who says desserts can’t be good for you, and delicious! We’re also including a great family cream cheese frosting, and Mom’s broiled coconut frosting recipe – see below.

Bananas are very high in nutrition. Most folks are familiar with their high potassium content. They’re low in sodium, cholesterol, and fat. But their also high in Vitamins C and B6, plus the minerals magnesium and manganese, among many others. And plenty of fiber too. (See more recipes on our “recipe central page” at Easy, Healthy Recipes).

With the other natural ingredients that we include, this is a really healthy dessert. And you can also eat it for breakfast – like coffee cake. Serve it, or use it as a project, with your senior activities – anything with food is popular!

Here’s the recipe, then see below for two great frostings!

Simple Banana Cake Recipe

Mix dry ingredients together:
2 1/8 cups whole wheat pastry flour
7/8 Tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda

Cream together first, then add to dry ingredients:
1/3 cup honey or pure maple syrup
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups mashed banana
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Make sure ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Put into a greased and floured 8×8 cake pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for 20 to 40 minutes, until done.

Variations –I’ve also included about 3/4 cup soaked raisins, and 3/4 cup shredded carrots in this recipe, and it’s delicious! Makes the cake very moist.

Fabulous Frostings

This simple banana cake recipe is really delicious plain or even spread with a little butter, and un-frosted. But if you just must … here are two fabulous frostings that you can use on your simple banana cake recipe.

Family Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting

Soften 1/2 cup butter (1/2 stick)
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla2 cups powdered sugar

Blend the butter and cream cheese together. Then add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix in well. Spread over a cooled cake. Keep frosting refrigerated if you are not eating it right away.

Mom’s Broiled Coconut Frosting

1 cup of coconut
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cream

Mix together well the softened butter and other ingredients. Spread over the cake – it does not need to be cooled, as you will be returning it to the oven to broil the frosting. Place the frosted cake (in pan) about 3 inches from the broiler. Broil until the frosting becomes brown, about 4 or 5 minutes. This will cover approximately an 8×8 inch cake.

Also see:

Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie — Perfect anytime, not just for the holidays. It is natural and nutritious, and we have 2 different variations. Get the Yummy factor plus a healthy dessert!
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — The easy way! And fun decorating projects too!
Super Easy Dipping Chocolate — Dipping chocolate is a fun and easy project you can eat! Great decorating ideas included.

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apple muffin

Our sweet and tart apple muffin recipe is all natural with ingredients guaranteed to make this a very healthy dessert option. Or serve them for breakfast or brunch. Learn the how to make them here.

Apples, as we know, are one of the most nutritious fruits there is. “An apple a day” is not just an old wives’ tale. Apple nutrition, especially with skins (best when organic) includes high levels of anti-oxidants that fight free radical damage, fiber (good for cleaning us out) and good carbs, as well as a multitude of vitamins like C, and minerals.

Apple pectin is also known to lower cholesterol levels, help maintain good blood pressure, and is a good source of natural sugar. And of course they’re low in fats and sodium.

We tend to use as many natural and organic ingredients in our recipes as possible. (And be sure to see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).  As you may know, fruits can be heavily sprayed, retaining the toxins on their skins. These toxins can also penetrate the skins. Washing may remove some, but they should be peeled to remove the majority. Good organic apples need only be washed well, and skins can remain, maintaining more nutrition. With all that said, here’s our recipe!

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Natural Sweet-Tart Apple Muffin Recipe

1 — Mix together:
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 — Then mix these together:
1 cup of chopped Granny Smith apples
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (adds to tart flavor)

3 — Then mix these together:
1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cups walnuts or pecans (optional)Optional: 1/2 cup of oat bran

Mix the groups together separately. Then add them all together, mixing well. Place in muffin cups. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F degrees, for about 25 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve them warm or cool.

P.S. — My Dad was a firm believer in the benefits of oat bran for keeping cholesterol levels in balance. He put it in just about everything. This, by the way, is also recommended by the Mayo Clinic, as oat bran is high in fiber. It doesn’t seem to change a recipe at all. When we use it, we just add a little bit more liquid (i.e. oil or maple syrup).

These are delicious served with a natural apple butter or jam. Enjoy these apple muffins anytime!


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apple crisp

This scrumptious easy apple crisp is an old family recipe. I remember helping my Grandma (who lived next door) with it when I was little. She didn’t really have a “recipe,” of course.  Just winged it. Like women often did back in the day. Later we insisted on writing it down. (But naturally it will never be as good as Grandma’s)

Her secret was in the topping is simply awesome. A favorite of everyone. Melts in your mouth. One family member once opted to have it with birthday candles and ice cream, instead of a birthday cake!

The ingredients are nutritious too – Apples are high in anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins, and no fats or sodium. Apples are great for digestion, cleansing, and for lowering cholesterol. Plus, we use whole wheat pastry flour and oats. All are great for elderly nutrition. Brown sugar does add sweetening, but that’s part of what makes it so melt-in-your mouth!

All in all, this is considered to be quite a healthy dessert. (Be sure to also see our main “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).  And it’s soft to eat, especially if you peel the apples, for those who prefer soft foods. This one will be a hit!

The Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Preheat your oven to 375 F degrees.
Grease an 8 x 8 cake pan (I like glass)

Mix together:
4 cups sliced apples (Granny Smith or other tart kinds are best)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Optional: About a half cup of ground walnuts
Optional sweetener: Toss apples together in a bowl with about 1/4 cup natural maple syrup or honey
P.S. — Some people like to add raisins or currants to their apple crisp

Put the mixture into the greased pan.

In a bowl, mix together until crumbly:
½ cup flour
1 ½ cups oats
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup melted butter, margarine, or substitute
1 ½ Tablespoon lemon juice
Optional: add in ¼ cup coconut

Crumble the topping over the apple mixture which is in your pan. Bake it in a pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes at 375 F degrees, or until the topping has browned. Apples should be soft but not soggy.

This is especially good served warm with whipped cream or ice cream. There may be leftovers, and it’s also delicious chilled in the fridge and served cold. Yum! This is one of my favorite easy healthy recipes — and I think I’ll make some today!

Be sure to also read:

Easy Apple Recipes — A fabulous collection of very healthy recipes made with the all-time favorites: apples.
Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas — Apples are not just for eating! They’re abundant all year long, and fun to use in crafts. Try these easy ideas!

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This easy apple pie recipe (and I mean easy) can be as natural as you want it. It’s almost a no-brainer. You may have noticed that I like to use the word “easy” on this web site! I’ve used this recipe for years, preferring to bake with pure maple syrup. Or use natural stevia sweetener or an artificial sweetener rather than sugar.  But you can certainly use that if you’d like.

So if you want a full-fledged, all-natural apple pie recipe, give this one a try. Whenever I serve it I get rave reviews. Although I have to admit I no longer make a crust from scratch – that’s partly what makes this so easy. But I do get a frozen all-natural crust at the health food store.

So although this recipe assumes a frozen pie crust, feel free to make your own from scratch. (And if you’d like some more natural and easy apple recipes, just follow the link).

Ingredients

6 large tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 frozen pie crusts (I use all-natural)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup pure maple syrup (more if you want it sweeter)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, to taste
Several dabs of butter

Take the pie crust from the freezer to defrost it.
In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice first, then the syrup.
Sprinkle on the cinnamon and nutmeg, and then mix again.
Before filling the pie, I put the pie pan on a cookie sheet as a drip pan.
Place the apple mixture into the bottom pie crust.
Dab the top with butter.
Then place the top crust in place, trim the edges, and pinch edges together as usual.
Poke the center of the crust with a fork to make vent holes.
Bake at 350F degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until crust is brown.

I’ve found that with many of the elderly issues our older population is dealing with, easy healthy recipes and a healthy dessert are really important. And apples are an excellent addition to good elderly nutrition. This easy apple pie recipe could be one of them!

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Delicious, Healthy Dessert Recipes — Our healthy dessert recipes are delicious and fresh. Lots of ways to modify and use them too, including for low salt or sugar ideas. Fun to make for either groups or individually. Check these out!
Fresh Strawberry Desserts — Our fresh strawberry desserts are festive enough for special holidays and parties, and can be made any time of the year. From pie, to a hollowed apple bowl with berries, to a towering kabob, they’re delicious!
Healthy Snack Recipes — Healthy snack recipes are becoming almost a rage these days. And we’ve got some super-delicious, super-easy, super-healthy ones that will boost nutrition. Don’t miss these!


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