Making Granola

Granola is a super simple recipe that kids can actually do most of by themselves (supervision is required for all cooking activities though). When we make granola we usually make it on Make-It Monday or Tactile Tuesday as it easily fits the description for either (we mix ingredients with our hands making it a sensory experience). Anyway, today was granola day! As usual, little man scooped and dumped ingredients, smashed the nuts, and mixed away. I do have to be in charge of heating the applesauce, oil and honey as well as the baking but I’m told those are the boring parts anyway.

Here’s how we make granola:
In a large bowl scoop, dump and mix 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal, 1 cup of nuts (usually walnuts in our house – this is a great time to let your toddler use your kitchen hammer), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp salt. 20140204-210944.jpg

Next, over medium low heat warm 1/2 cup applesauce (we prefer unsweetened), 1 TBSP honey and 1 TBSP vegetable oil. This is an adult’s job. You aren’t really looking to cook it rather you need to activate the pectin by heating it until warm. 20140204-211013.jpg

Add your warm applesauce mixture to the large bowl of other ingredients and mix to coat. We love to dig in with our hands. Pour everything into a 9×13 pan. Cook for 45-50 minutes (stirring every 10 minutes) at 300 degrees – this is the other adult part. Let it cool (you can add raisins, cranberries, chocolate, etc. at this point if you like) and enjoy!

Toddlers often love granola over yogurt or ice cream and it’s a great way to add some fiber to their diets.

P.S. This recipe is highly customizable – what are your favorite add ins?