Kid-friendly Granola

IMG_2800

If my kids can do this then I think it’s possible to make your own granola. I modified Rachel Ray’s Granola recipe and used only the ingredients that I know my family likes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup bran flakes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of local honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large baking pan, mix together the oats, raisins, bran, coconut, cranberries, cornmeal and sliced almonds. Add the vegetable oil, honey, and vanilla and mix well. Spread the granola out on the pan in an even layer and bake until the granola is golden brown, about 45 minutes.

I used quick-cooking oats instead of old-fashioned oats so I don’t think the granola stuck to each other as well and I also think the recipe may have called for too much. I would definitely use old-fashioned oats next time. Since my cooking pan wasn’t large enough to allow all of the granola to brown, next time I would spread the mixture into 2 cooking pans or only use 3 cups of oats instead of 4. After 45 minutes I took the pan out of the oven and mixed up the mixture even more so that the bottom layer would get browned next. I also drizzled some more honey on top and mixed it up again. I baked it for another 5 minutes.

IMG_2807

As you can see, the recipe makes a lot of granola which is great! My kids packed some in small containers for snacks for school the next day. We’ll be eating it with our yogurt in the morning for breakfast and will have plenty of leftovers to eat for snacks this week.

IMG_2812