Did you know that a third of the food that we eat is made possible by pollinators? This is mainly composed of bees, but also includes other insects, birds and ground animals. 75-95% of flowering plants depend on pollinators. Every year we are seeing a decline in bee colonies and it is up to us to do our part to help offset this decline. I have put together 3 projects that help pollinators and help encourage children to do their part to Feed A Bee
Find more events and what part you can take to help save colonies using #Feedabee on Instagram!
Raspberry Almond Blondie Bars
Makes 12 – 16 servings
What you will need:
•Large mixing bowl
•Non-stick spray (I like coconut oil spray)
•1 ¼ cup light brown sugar
•1 large egg
•1 tsp. vanilla extract
•½ tsp. almond extract
•Pinch of salt
•10 tbsp. butter
•1 ¼ cup almond flour
•1 cup raspberries
•¼ cup slivered almonds
•1/3 cup of chocolate chips + more for top
1. Preheat the oven to 350º on convect. Cover pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray.
2. Spread the almonds on a small baking sheet. When the oven reaches desired temperature, toast the almonds for 3-4 minutes, watching closely so they do not burn.
3. Melt the butter in a small microwavable bowl. Let it cool slightly while you combine the brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt in the large bowl. Add the butter and mix to combine.
4. Stir in the flour until it is fully incorporated.
5. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
6. Lightly spray the spatula with non-stick spray and spread the batter into prepared pan.
7. Lightly press the remaining chocolate chips, toasted almonds and raspberries into the top of the batter.
8. Cook for 32-35 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges with a toothpick coming out clean from the middle.
Making seed bombs is a fun, easy way to get the kids involved in gardening. With this activity, you can use any pollinator-friendly seed mix (My son chose some non-pollinators, but I could not say no him). Once planted, the seed bombs will brighten up your garden in no time, and kids love watching the sprouts grow.
•6 pieces of construction paper, assorted colors (I should have used 2 sheets per seed package.)
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•3-5 pkg. of pollinator-attractant flower seeds
8. Place the seed balls on a sheet pan and leave overnight to dry.
9. Plant outside, cover with soil and add water. The seedling should be visible within 2-3 weeks, or quicker in warmer conditions.
Happy National Pollinator Week! #Nationalpollinatorweek