Guest Feature: Kid Approved Scratch Made Granola
Cooking with kids, like playing with play dough, can get a little too messy for me. I have good intentions of making quality family meals (and memories), but I often end up frustrated with the mess and the bickering. Enter my mom, aka Grandma. She’s amazing. She’ll let those kids play with play dough all day and then she’ll clean it up with them and you’d never know it happened. The same goes for cooking. She’s great at getting them to take turns and have a wonderful time making something special.
My mom and my two daughters love to make granola together. It’s a pretty simple recipe and something that my kids have consistently eaten for most of their lives. We all know there aren’t many dishes that remain in a picky eater’s good graces for years – this one is a winner in our house! I originally got the recipe when I participated in a Whole Food Kitchen online workshop from the blog Beauty That Moves. While it would be easy to come up with additions like nuts, seeds or dried fruit, we’ve kept the basic recipe just as Heather created it years ago. It’s become quite the family favorite. The granola can be eaten alone, on yogurt or as a topping to your favorite cobbler or crisp. It’s the perfect addition to your little one’s school lunch.
- 6 Cups - Uncooked Oats (old fashioned, not quick cook)
- 1/2 Cup - Shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 Cup - Flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon - Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon - Nutmeg
- 1/2 Teaspoon - Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup - Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2/3 Cup - Maple Syrup
- 2 Teaspoon - Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300° degrees. Have 2 raw (no grease or paper) baking sheet ready.
- In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, flour, spices and salt. Stir to combine
- In a saucepan or the microwave, heat the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until warm. Pour this over the oat mixture and stir to mix
- Spread evenly on 1 or 2 cookie sheets, press into pan with back of spoon
- Bake at 300°F for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through
- Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool in the pan(s)
Jenn is a mom to two daughters and works full time as a communication specialist. She has been a writer for CTWorkingMoms.com and teaches yoga to kids and families. Jenn can be found online at Yoga with Jenn.