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Father’s Day Recipes: It’s Dad’s Day!

Here are simple Father’s Day recipes filled with everyone’s favorites: hearts, rainbows—and chocolate!

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These fun Father’s Day recipes will be quick to get on the table with some day-ahead preparation. The kids can help prepare the fruit, assemble skewers, mix the dipping sauces and measure out the baking ingredients. In the morning, bake the muffins to serve warm and prepare dad’s favorite breakfast beverage. Have the kids get his slippers and wake him up to delicious Father’s Day recipes: warm hearts and a cheery rainbow.

Father’s Day Recipes:

• Rainbow Fruit Skewers
• Assorted Yogurt Breakfast Dips
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins
• Cream, Neufchatel or other mild, spreadable cheese

Rainbow Fruit Skewers

Some of these Father’s Day recipes can be made in advance, such as the fruit skewers and dipping sauces. Refrigerate, covered. Remove from refrigerator 5 minutes before the muffins finish baking.

Use a variety of whole fruits and cubed fruit to create a rainbow on each stick or straw, such as red grapes, blueberries, honeydew melon or kiwi, pineapple, cantaloupe or oranges and then strawberries or raspberries. After that, it’s all about presentation: Place the skewers together, spread out like a rainbow, and serve with the warm muffins and dips.

Yogurt Breakfast Dipping Sauces

To 1 cup plain, Greek-style yogurt add:
• 1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite jam or preserve such as strawberry or apricot
• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon each peanut butter and honey or maple syrup
• 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts and 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Makes 8-12 muffins (or 1 loaf)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes for muffins; 1 hour for loaf

Note: The riper the bananas, the better. To make heart-shaped muffins, place a marble in each muffin tin between paper liner and tin.

4 ripe bananas
2 eggs, separated, plus one egg white
¼ cup sugar
½ cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Softened butter, optional

­1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan or line muffin tins with paper liners (see note).
2. Peel and mash the bananas until some coarse chunks remain. Add the egg yolks and beat until well combined. Mix in the sugar, molasses, vanilla and cinnamon.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy then fold into the banana mixture.
4. Stir in, just to combine, the flours, baking soda, walnuts and chocolate.
5. Pour into pan and bake as directed. Lightly brush tops with softened butter. Serve warm with mild, soft cheese, if desired.

Written and photographed by Hillary Black

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