Kid Chef Recipe: Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is so healthy for your family. Processed cereals (even the so-called healthy ones) are full of hidden sugars and food colorings. (See my link below to the Weston Price Foundation’s article on processed cereals.) But let’s face reality here….sometimes mornings just get busy.

With most children needing to catch a bus in the wee hours of the morning, mom’s need a quick, tasty solution to a healthy breakfast! Enter granola! This basic granola recipe is so easy you will wonder why you haven’t been making it all along. It is also great warm or cold. You can simply pour on the milk and microwave it for a few seconds to have a lovely warm cereal in the winter or serve it up fresh and crunchy in a bowl of milk.

My kids even love it as a snack straight from the bag! BEST of all I have taught my kids how to make this recipe and all I have to do now is put it in the oven! BONUS!!!!

My 6 year old makes our granola!

My 6 year old makes our granola!

This is the basic recipe:

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of dried fruit (chopped if necessary into bite sized pieces)
1 cup of chopped nuts
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup of coconut oil
2/3 cup of maple syrup or honey (or your personal blend of both–with a total of 2/3 c)
1 egg, beaten
1 tbs cinnamon

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl pour out on a parchment lined (or silpat lined) cookie sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hrs at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the pan cool on the counter completely before pouring the granola into an airtight container for storage. I have stored mine on the shelf for 2 weeks. (It never lasts longer than that.)

Variations we have enjoyed!
(Substitute these ingredients for the fruit, nut, and spices listed in general recipe)

Blueberry Almond: 1 cup of dried blueberries, 1 cup of slivered almonds, 1 tbs cinnamon
Cherry Vanilla: 1 cup of dried cherries, 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, 1/2 cup of walnut pieces, 3 tsp vanilla
Oatmeal Cookie: 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of walnuts, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tbs cinnamon
Triple Berry: 1/3 cup dried cherries, 1/3 cup dried blueberries, 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup walnut pieces, 1/2 cup slivered almonds

I would love to hear about your flavor combinations!

Safe Storage Solutions! No BPA’s!

Links:
Weston Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry

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