How to Make Healthy Granola with Children

My daughter Pilar’s kindergarten class asked that every student contribute a family recipe for a breakfast party. All of the recipes would then be included in a class book. We decided to make granola since it would be tasty and healthy. My kids love cereal for breakfast and so do I, but I don’t like buying expensive processed cereal from the store. This granola recipe has protein from nuts, omega 3′s from flax seeds and is low in sugar. We are a busy family so when we cook, we do it in bulk to last for many meals. Feel free to cut down this recipe and adjust it to your taste – for example, sometimes I add a bit of salt.

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
8 cups organic oats
4 cups organic puffed brown rice
1 cup chopped nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans (you can add more nuts for more protein if you wish)
¼ cup flax seeds
½ cup organic canola oil or olive oil
1 cup maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon (adds sweetness without sugar)
½ cup dried unsweetened coconut
1 cup raisins
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients and mix well. My kids love to help mix.
For an easy clean up, place parchment paper over 3 to 4 cooking sheets. Spread out the granola mixture. If it’s too thick, the granola won’t toast evenly. Cook for ten minutes, and then remove from the oven and stir so that the granola can toast on all sides. Repeat this process about 3 times, or until it is lightly browned. Place back in clean, dry bowl and mix in raisins, sunflower seeds, or other dried fruit or seeds of your choice. Store in airtight container.

Note:
My kids don’t like whole walnuts, but they don’t notice them when they are chopped finely and are mixed up into the granola. I like to include them because they are so healthy and full of protein. With this chopper, kids can cut food without the blades ever getting near their fingers, so they can take part in preparing and cutting the ingredients with you.

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Comments (7)

Fab
09.22.10

This recipe was fun to make. We use our granola to make yogurt-granola parfaits with some fresh berries. A real healthy breakfast treat. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

sunshine
09.29.10

puffed brown rice in something you call healthy? Education necessary before you start sharing!

cheri
09.29.10

Sunshine… Organic Brown puffed rice IS a healthier alternative to other typical breakfast grains. Maybe you haven’t done enough research yourself?

Flavia Jordan
12.01.10

Looks easy and fun to make!

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