“I use maple syrup to season grapefruit, and cooked and drained carrots or squash. Best of all, I warm the syrup and drizzle it on ice cream or yogurt,” offers Emily Packard of Essex Junction, Vermont.
"I never liked oatmeal until my mom found this wonderful combination of uncooked oats and fresh fruit," shares teenager Sarah Hunt of Everett, Washington. "Now I often make it myself for breakfast or an after-school snack."
I discovered this sweet topping when I had an abundance of apples to use up. It's a great alternative to bottled syrup. My family enjoys the tender apples and crunchy nuts over waffles, but the topping is also wonderful over sliced of pound cake or scoops of vanilla ice cream.
For a change, you can swap roasted butternut squash or pumpkin for sweet potatoes in this tasty salad. Any combination of dried fruit and nuts will work as ingredients, so pick your favorites. —Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina