Granola reminds me of early morning hikes, field trips and play dates. It is an all around healthy, easy, guilt-free comfort food. Its also extremely versatile. My kids love to help in the kitchen so this is a recipe they can do alone without much interference. It involves measuring, self awareness, and critical thinking. I ask the following questions to keep them engaged and learning.
What ingredients do you think will make you full? Why?
Which ingredients are sweet?
Why honey instead of sugar?
Which ingredient did we use they least of? The most of?
Once you start asking your students questions more questions will naturally come about as you explore what you are doing and why. Remember it doesn’t have to be a well planned lesson to be a lesson. Look for ways to teach your children as you go about your regular activities.
This is our go to recipe but feel free to sub out ingredients and please let us know your tasty combinations below.
3 cups quick oats 1/2 cup honey (replace with Aguava to make vegan) 1 cup peanut butter 3 tbs protein powder 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix all ingredients. Pack down into a lined square pan and refrigerate for 3 hours. Cut into squares and enjoy!
** If you want granola but not in bar form you can make these into balls or cut the amount of peanut butter and honey to make it more like a crumble.