I will preface this post with, she made me my own batch of this for the boys when she was writing this post. Holy deliciousness, Batman! Her “yummy mummy granola” can “yummy mummy its way into my tummy” any day of the week and twice on Sundays. So. Good.
As a mother of 3, I often find time is a hot commodity! I am always looking for ways to spend time with my girls while also getting stuff done around the house. Cooking is no exception. Today, I decided to experiment with making granola our “craft” of the day. I set it up knowing that both girls would want to help and picked containers that would be easy for them to handle. Not surprisingly, they loved it! But what is really surprising is that the more I incorporate them in the preparation process of cooking, the more they are interested in eating and the fewer battles we have at the table.
I have adapted this recipe from a number of different recipes I have come across and/or received over the past couple of months. Honestly, I don’t think you can mess up granola. Put what you like in it and make it your own! We use our granola for a number of things to include:
-Ice Cream Topping
-3 cups oatmeal
-1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
-1 cup walnuts, chopped
-1/4 cup wheat germ (can also add chia seeds and flaxseed, about ¼ cup each)
-1/4 cup unsalted pepitas
-2 tbsp coconut oil (You can also use olive oil)
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1 cup maple syrup (you can use less if you like crunchier granola)
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 large egg
-1 ½ cups fruit (I usually use dates and raisins)
Preheat Oven to 300 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except the egg and fruit.
Whisk the egg and add to the granola mixture.
Spread the mixture in a parchment covered cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes then use a spatula to flip over sections and bake for another 20-25 minutes (total 40-45 minutes).