I’m on the eternal mom quest of finding delicious, easy, and healthy foods that my kids will actually eat. Homemade granola checks everything off the list and has made it possible for me to stop buying the crappy, sugary cereal my kids (and me and my husband) like to eat.
I found some awesome infographics on Pinterest that intrigued me. Basically, all you have to do is pick different ingredients across a range of categories: oats, sweetener, fruits, nuts, extra add-ins, and stuff to hold it together (like butter or peanut butter). You mix it all together and then bake it until it’s brown.
Since it’s so customizable, it’s fun, easy to do with whatever you happen to have on hand, and interactive for your kids. It’s also so easy to make your kids could pretty much do it themselves with a little oven help.
I’ve made this a couple of times now with different ingredients and my kids gobble it up every time as a replacement for cereal. This time I used oats, honey, butter, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
I baked this in the oven for about 45 minutes altogether. I took it out and stirred it up every five to ten minutes. I probably could have baked smaller batches for a shorter amount of time. I’m going to try that next time and see if it decreases the amount of time I spent babysitting the oven.
I had kind of hoped that it would be cheaper to make than store cereal, but I realized that you get what you pay for. It’s less expensive to make than good quality granola, but not the cheap cereal I usually buy. I’m satisfied to pay a little extra for a vastly more delicious and good-for-you product.
Next, I’m going to try making up a little tray of yogurt parfaits that the kids can grab out of the fridge for a snack. I’ve seen lots of ideas on Pinterest where you can stack them up in jelly jars. Plus, I suspect my husband will take a pre-made parfait with him for breakfast when he leaves for work.
Have you ever made granola? What ingredient combo is your favorite?