Sunday, 05 February 2012 00:00

Let's Make Some Granola!

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Last week I had mentioned spending time with your kids in the kitchen, so this week I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes. It's an easy recipe to make that you can really play around with. The recipe is for Blueberry Granola, but as I will explain, you can change things and make it fun for you and your children.

 

Ingredients

For the fruit mash:

1 granny smith apple (peeled, cored, and chopped)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbs dried blueberries
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the above ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes, covered. Then in a small food processor or blender, blend it smooth.

For the granola:

  • 4 cups oats
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2-3 cups nuts and/or seeds
  • 1 cups dried blueberries
  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • ½ honey
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • - 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Place two oven racks on the top and bottom 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Set aside two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine oats, crispy rice cereal, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine the fruit mash, honey, and vanilla and lemon extracts. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour the granola on the baking sheets, splitting evenly between the two baking sheets. With your hands, squeeze or pinch the oats together into medium/large clumps, leaving space on the baking sheet between the clumps. Bake 25-30 minutes. Be sure to bake it just long enough to until it is crisp and slightly brown (depending on your oven, it may take a bit longer).

Allow to cool and store in airtight containers. Although you shouldn't need to refrigerate it I do. It seems to help keep it crunchy a bit longer.

With recipes like this you can let the children decide which nuts and seeds to use as well as any dried fruits you would like to add. Don't feel that you have to go exactly by the recipe; play with it, let your kids play with it. Use more "mash" to form balls or bars. Replace the honey with maple syrup. Add a few teaspoons of chia or flax seeds (both are extremely healthy). The ways in which you can change the recipe are endless. You will have a great time with your kids and end up with a very healthy snack for the entire family to enjoy!

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