Monday, August 30, 2010

How to Make Granola with your Kids 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. RECIPE 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 ...

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