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Fourth of July Fruit Skewers

Fourth of July Fruit Skewers with Agave-Lime Glaze

There is something about eating foods on sticks that makes everything so much more fun and delicious. Is it primal? Is it just laziness? Is it because we are easily bored? Does it say something unfortunate about the influence of tacky festival food? No matter its origins, there is no denying the popularity of food on a stick. With a citrusy glaze that brightens the flavor and keeps the bananas from getting brown, this is the perfect healthy treat to create with little hands, and it’s so much fun to see the flag start to take shape. No matter your country of origin, you can turn delectable fruit into a fun, edible representation of your national flag.

I used one half-pint of blueberries, 1 pint of raspberries (simply because those were more likely to have been crushed at the bottom) and 4 - 5 bananas. I used thirteen skewers - four had seven blueberries, and then three banana slices alternating with three raspberries; three had four blueberries alternating with three slices of banana, plus three more slices of banana alternating with three raspberries; the last six were all alternating raspberries and banana slices for the stripes. (Confused? I don’t blame you. You could just blow up the photo to see better.) You could also decide to use other fruit, for example strawberries, cherries, or blackberries.

Last, I used an agave-lime glaze to keep the bananas from turning brown. I brushed it on after the skewers were put together.

FourAgave Lime Glaze

2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar

Mix with a spoon and gently brush over the skewers. If you have any leftover liquid, add some ice and water for an instant limeade.

Serving suggestions: Eat off the skewer herbivore caveman style or dip the fruit in vegan yogurt or pudding. Enjoy!

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