The Ultimate Granola Recipe You and Your Kids Will Love


The Ultimate Granola Recipe You and Your Kids Will Love


Just about everyone has tasted granola and not everyone likes it. A bad granola is like eating animal feed. This ultimate granola recipe will have your kids of all ages coming back for more. It is full of healthy and delicious ingredients that you can make fresh at home. Ditch the cardboard granolas found on supermarket shelves for this healthy and delicious one.

The Ultimate Granola Recipe You and Your Kids Will Love

Granola isn’t just for breakfast anymore. There are lots of ways to enjoy it.

  1. Breakfast – with milk and fresh fruit or dry on the fly
  2. Camping snacks – lightweight and easy to pack
  3. Hiking – great for an energy boost and easy to eat
  4. B.O.B. (Bug-Out-Bags) – nutrition and energy when you need it most
  5. School and summer camp snacks – keep the kids full, happy and healthy
  6. Sports – be the parent with the snack that kids will love

Why is this granola so great for your health?

  1. Adds fiber – the oat and 7 grain cereal helps eliminate toxins, helps lower bad cholesterol, helps keep you feeling full so you eat less
  2. Pure Maple Syrup – Being from Vermont, I prefer Vermont syrup. Benefits – manganese, riboflavin, zinc calcium & potassium. Syrup has minerals and antioxidants that sugar cannot claim.
  3. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax seed, pumpkin seeds – protein rich, heart healthy oils
  4. Dates – great energy booster, antioxidant, vitamin A and K, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium and lots of fiber
  5. Pineapple – it is so good for you with Vitamin B1, B6, C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, folate and fiber
  6. Apricots – fiber, potassium, antioxidant carotenoids
  7. Coconut – protein, fiber, iron and zinc

Granola does contain a high calorie count. If you are using it for energy and you are not over indulging, this is a great source of many nutritional benefits. It certainly is great for times when you need a boost.

The Ultimate Granola Recipe You and Your Kids Will Love Pure Maple Granola Recipe

In a large bowl add the following:

6 cups of oats

1 cup 7 grain cereal

1 1/3 cups chopped dried apricots

1 cup chopped dried dates

1 cup slivered almonds

1 ½ cups walnut halves

¾ cup roasted sunflower seeds

¼ cup flax seed

½ cup dried shredded coconut

1 1/2 – 2  cups pure maple syrup

Mix all the above ingredients well, except maple syrup. Put the pure maple syrup in a medium size saucepan and slowly cook on a little less than medium heat. Keep an eye on your pot. You DO NOT want this to boil over – that would be a big sticky mess.The Ultimate Granola Recipe You and Your Kids Will Love

Line two large sheet pans with parchment paper and preset your oven to 200 degrees. It will take about 45 or more minutes to get your syrup up to the soft ball stage, you want it to be about 260 – 265 degrees. Once you achieve this, pour it over the granola ingredients and mix quickly and well. Make sure everything is coated. You may not need all the syrup but it will be close. You can also put the granola mixture in two bowls to make mixing easier. Once everything is completely coated, drop the mixture on two prepared sheet pans. Place in oven for 15 minutes, then turn the sheet pans around, do another 15 minutes and then for the last 15 minutes change the bottom rack to the top and top rack to the bottom. This maneuvering will allow a more even toasting of the ingredients. Let this cool completely. Give it plenty of time to get to room temperature. Pack in air tight containers and enjoy.

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Resources

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/granola.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/411678-granola-health-benefits

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/granola-healthy-7223.html

http://woman.thenest.com/benefits-granola-5832.html

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/healthy-breakfast-oatmeal-vs-granola.html

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/01/the-benefits-of-flax/index.htm

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23 Responses so far.

  1. Tracy says:

    Yum! I’ll have to try! And sneak some more granola in. ..

  2. geeksdiet says:

    Lol at ‘bad granola is like eating animal feed’! Your recipe looks really good 🙂 I never realised maple syrup was actually healthier than sugar. Good to know!

    • Maple syrup tastes fantastic too. If you have any syrup left over (thickened) you can stir walnuts in it and have mapled walnuts. You can also put your syrup in the freezer, it will not freeze but will become thick and is GREAT over ice cream. I love the stuff!!!

  3. This recipe is so easy and looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. lydiaf1963 says:

    This recipe sounds delicious! It’s easy to overindulge when you make snack mix, but I find it’s harder to eat too much granola because it’s so filling (unless it’s in bar form, then all bets are off!)

  5. Jody says:

    Yum, I love homemade granola! It is a great on the go snack or added to oatmeal in the mornings. Pinning, thanks for sharing!

  6. Looks wonderful.. Yummy too.

  7. Rebecca says:

    Looks yummy. We love granola at our house. I have low blood sugar so this is a great snack to carry in my purse. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Friday Blog Booster.

  8. Kathleen says:

    That is a good recipe. All that goodness and then maple syrup, I love pure maple syrup. Thanks so much for sharing this wholesome recipe with Fridays #BlogBoosterParty
    Kathleen

  9. Irion says:

    I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  10. Ashleigh says:

    Both my older kids just started eating granola and I’ve loved it for years! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe… we will be trying this for breakfast!

  11. tinsel12 says:

    I love this recipe. Thanks for posting it!

  12. sara says:

    Love homemade granola!! Walnuts and almonds together! YUM

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