Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Make Daniel Tiger’s Mozies!
Our cooking and baking adventures are often inspired by our favorite PBS show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. In a recent episode about spending quality time with family, Daniel joins his neighbor Jodi and her Nana in making a sweet treat called Mozies.
If you subscribe to PBS Kids via Amazon Prime (which has been lifesaving for me right now, and they have a one month free trial!) this is Season 15, Episode 1:
♫ ♬ I love the special things I do with you (name) ♫ ♬
I’m spending a lot more quality time with my family these days due to the COVID-19 outbreak and I suspect you are, too. And my kids are also watching A LOT more Daniel Tiger (and Frozen, and Blippi, and Pinkfong…I could go on…)
What’s so great about this particular episode, called “Making Mozies with Nana,” is not only that the characters enjoy spending quality time together through cooking, but that they learn how to deal with frustration when their routine changes (Nana is out of chocolate chips, so they use raisins).
As well, after baking the treats, Daniel and Jodi decorate boxes to put them in and distribute them to their neighbors.
Has your routine changed?
Are you going without some of your usual staples these days?
Are you looking for a way to connect with your friends, extended family and neighbors without physical contact?
Since I already know that you answered yes, yes and yes, I think you’ll really love making mozies.
How do you make mozies?
The ever-amazing PBS Kids has a recipe for mozies on their website, which follows the recipe recited in the episode:
♫ ♬ Chewy chewy oats, honey that’s sweet, bananas and coconut; stir it all together to make the mozie treat! ♫ ♬
I wanted mine to be more like a cookie so they would last longer, so I added a few extra ingredients…namely butter. Since, you know, it makes everything better and we could really use that right now!
I took these photos before the virus outbreak and had no idea I’d be putting a coronavirus spin on this post. But now that we’re locked down in our neighborhood, we’ll be decorating the rest of these boxes (an Amazon find, still available for 2-day Prime shipping last I checked!) and sharing them with friends in our ‘hood just like Daniel and Jodi.
Some notes on food safety and the coronavirus:
You’re likely wondering if it’s safe to share food with your neighbors right now. It’s a personal choice, much like you are choosing whether to order take-out right now or not. This article from Serious Eats, “Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide” sums up the available research well.
The bottom line is that it’s very unlikely to contract the virus from food itself. If the food is packaged in plastic and someone infected has coughed on the packaging, it’s not impossible in that case but still not anywhere near the main way that the virus is transmitted.
As for my family, here’s what we’re doing to take extra precautions:
- We’re using tongs to put the cooled cookies directly into the boxes after baking (you could also use plastic bags or tupperware)
- We’re only delivering them to neighbors who are comfortable receiving them.
- Since the cookies are fine sitting at room temperature for a few days, the recipients can choose how to handle the packages (such as letting them sit for 24 hours or more or transferring to a new container).
Make mozies together just like on Daniel Tiger!
- 2 bananas
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup addition of choice such as chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts or dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
Add the melted butter or coconut oil and stir to combine. Add the honey, eggs and vanilla and mix well.
In another bowl, combine the oats, coconut, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
Stir in your addition of choice.
Place golf ball-sized spoonfuls on an oiled cookie sheet. Press down on the mixture lightly as it won't spread much while baking.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on a rack before enjoying!
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