"This healthy granola recipe is a great way to include lots of different ingredients and super foods you may normally struggle to get in your kids. You can chop & change the ingredients as much as you like and enjoy with yoghurt and fresh fruit or just with some milk."
Some of the fondest memories I have with my mother and grandmother are of us in the kitchen, learning family recipes, secret ingredients and how I will never forget the smells that came out of our oven!!
We are a boutique fashion label creating mum and daughter matching outfits, and we want to show you how baking with kids, and also cooking with kids can be fun and a great sensory experience for them.
Nuts, superfoods and seeds
Whole nuts and peanuts shouldn't be given to children under 5 years old, as they can be a choking hazard. From 6 months you can give your baby nuts as long as they're crushed or ground.
If there's a history of food allergies or other allergies in your family, talk to your GP or health visitor before introducing nuts and peanuts.*
Dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, free from nasties
When to introduce to cooking for kids - homemade granola recipe
Maeve putting the final product together with some yoghurt and berries. "Nice Granola" Maeve Parsons
TIPS FOR COOKING WITH TODDLERS:
- Let them taste each ingredient separately and explain what each one is
- Let them pour ingredients in together (step 2)
- Let them mixed all the dry ingredients (step 3)
- Be careful with the melted oil (step 3)
- Always have something on hand for them to play with. It will save lots of mess and frustration. E.g. measuring spoons, measuring jugs.
- I measure my ingredients before hand. I find Maeve enjoys the mixing parts most and gets bored (and therefore destructive) if she isn't getting involved.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 - 30 minutes
Serves: Makes enough to fill a medium sized jar
Great for: Kids aged 2+
Servings: Makes enough to fill a jar.
- 250g rolled oats
- 75g seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame)
- 50g coconut (desiccated or flaked)
- 150g mixed, unsalted nuts (cashew, almond, walnut, almond). For little ones you can finely chop these or use a mortar and pestle to grind.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 150g dried fruit (dates, raisins, cranberries)
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
2. Place all dry ingredients (except dates/ fruit) into a medium mixing bowl and give a good stir.
3. Add melted coconut oil and honey. Mix well.
4. Pour into baking tray and spread evenly.
5. Place into oven to bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Regularly take out and give it a stir (every 5 minutes).
6. Remove when granola is lovely and golden, remove from the oven. Allow to cool before you mix in your dates/ dried fruit.
7. Enjoy with some natural yoghurt and fresh fruit or some milk!
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