Follow our Pinterest boards for a variety of holiday goodies and be sure to check out the Reindeer Food recipes below!
This recipe is meant for Santa’s furry friends. Sprinkle it on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer and give them something to munch on while Santa delivers his goodies. Traditional recipes call for glitter, but unless you purchase the pricey edible glitter from specialty shops, it won’t be safe for birds and squirrels. Substituting colored sugar will still give a sparkly appearance, without being harmful to the actual animals who will end up eating it.
Layer your Reindeer food in small glass jars such as baby food jars for a pretty appearance, or mix it all up together and scoop it into zippered plastic bags. Tie it up with pretty ribbon and add a gift tag with instructions for scattering it outside on Christmas Eve.
For each small baby food jar, you’ll need:
1/4 cup dry oatmeal
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons colored sugar
Layer half of the oatmeal, followed by half of the colored sugar, the white granulated sugar, the rest of the colored sugar, and topped with the reast of the oatmeal. Alternatively, combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and scoop into zippered plastic bags.
Reindeer Food for Kids
For the kids to munch on, here’s a recipe for Reindeer Food that is sweet and crunchy. You can get the children involved in preparing this snack too, since it’s ridiculously easy to make. It goes very quickly once they get over the appearance – it looks rather like dry pet food!
12 cups Crispix cereal
1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.
Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don’t stick together. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Makes about 12 1-cup servings.