Granola. It’s versatile, it’s healthy and it’s really easy to make. No really it is. And you can put just about anything in it. Don’t have almonds? That’s no problem add pecans. Don’t like cranberries? So add some raisins instead. Like it all? Then throw it all in. That’s the beauty of granola. It can be whatever you want it to be.
If you want a healthy kid friendly recipe this one is the answer. From the very minute I finished this batch of granola, Nicholas was all over it. He loves it with yogurt and a sprinkle of honey over the top. In fact, he’s had a bowl of it every day this week. And I love that it has flax seeds, nuts, oats and berries in it; I know he’s getting a healthy breakfast. Mix and match the nuts and fruit to your child’s likes, but just make it! I promise your children will love it. Oh, and you will too. Here’s what you’ll need:
4 Cups of Oats (Not Quick Cooking)
11/2 Cups of Pistachios
11/2 Cups of Sunflower Seeds
1/2 Cup of Flax Seeds
1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup (Half a Stick) of Butter, Melted
1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp of Nutmeg
1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1 8 Oz Pkg of Dried Cherries
First up, throw everything into a large bowl and mix it up good with the exception of the dried cherries. Once it’s mixed up well, spread it out on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Now throw it into your oven set to 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes. Pull it out when it’s golden brown.
Let it cool and then add in your dried fruit.
And that’s that! Now all that’s left to do is eat it. Eat it with yogurt, make it into cookies (yep, that’s a future recipe you’ll be seeing in the not so distant future), or just grab a handful straight up. There’s never a bad time to grab a handful of this delicious treat!
Perfect anytime snack. Looks amazing with all those oats, cherries and sunflower seeds.
Ma What's 4 dinner says
I'm drooling….love granola! Made your tequila lime chicken and mexicali rice last night. So good!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner?
Sarah @ Mum In Bloom says
Yup, we loooove this recipe too. My son calls it "crunch" and adds it to everything. I'm going to make some of your recipe today 😉
Here's a "Banana Crunch Muffin" recipe to try with this granola that your boys (and you!) will love as well.
I just found your blog today (came over from Make it From Scratch)….this granola looks so yummy! I've never made it before, but it sounds pretty easy! I'll be making this sometime soon!
I am making this for sure!!!
I ran out of my granola this morning, and my new batch is in the oven right now!
I love homemade granola…I've made some in the past, but your pretty pictures put mine to shame!
5 Star Foodie says
Homemade granola sounds terrific! I love the addition of dried cherries!
i love granola!!!!! it's a great snack at work, and you're really busy you cant get up to get a snack.
i left you 2 awards because you're that awesome. go get it 🙂
This looks so yummy! The dried fruit really adds great color.
I love it. All the ingredients are from Trader Joe's. The only problem is that I would eat it all in one sitting.
We love granola. I keep meaning to make it…Thanks for the recipe.
Try adding some into your pancake batter…yum!