Our family loves granola. We eat it as cereal, mix it with yogurt, or even on top of ice cream. We go through a lot of it, and if you’ve check out the prices lately at the grocery store it’s pretty darn expensive. This is one of the reasons I started making my own granola, and I have to say… love mine more than any others.
It takes no time at all, and it’s something my kids can almost make entirely on their own. I got the recipe out and let my oldest son gather all the ingredients and make the granola on his own with minimal help from me. He is 10 years old so he knows how to use the stove and oven, but we went over some basic kitchen safety reminders just to be on the safe side.
When your child can start reading, teach them how to follow a recipe and soon they will be able to do it on their own. Once you and your child feel comfortable in the kitchen allow them to do more advance tasks such as using the stove and or oven.
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup finely diced walnuts or any nut of your choice
- 2 cups dried fruit such as cherries, cranberries, apricots, figs etc..
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- Preheat oven at 350
- In a small saucepan put in sugar, coconut oil and honey. Mix together and continue stirring until everything is melted and incorporated well
- In a large mixing bowl place all other ingredients, toss to mix
- Combine honey mixture with the dry ingredients and mix well so everything is coated
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes then take out and toss and let bake for another 15 minutes
- Let cool completely then store in a airtight container or in the freezer and take out the amount you want to use. Keeps it fresh longer.
Granola has the ability to help lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, increases energy and prevent anemia. Unless allergic, always try to put in nuts because they contain good fats and omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for heart health. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein and contains all essential amino acids. One cup of cooked quinoa has 10g of protein and 5g of fiber.
When you make it yourself you are controlling the ingredients, and the amount of sugar you put in. This is key, because some commercial brand granola is very high in sugar and bad fats…remember to read all labels. Not all granola is created equal.