Granola is a great snack to have around the house. I love to throw it on top of Greek yogurt with fresh berries and honey. For breakfast I'll add some almond milk and fresh fruit. This granola recipe is so simple and I love the combination of flavors from the olive oil and honey. The variations are endless, change up the nuts and additions. Think chocolate chips (for your sweet tooth) or dried cherries for a tart bite.
- 2 cups gluten-free old fashion rolled oats
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or other nut of choice)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons good quality raw honey (or maple syrup) (I love honey from the Savannah Bee Company!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries (optional/add after granola has cooled)
- Large bowl
- Large baking sheet
- Jar/container for storage
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, coconut (optional), and salt. Gently stir together. Add the olive oil, honey, and mix until oat mixture is nicely coated. Pour granola onto a large baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Let granola completely cool on baking sheet before transferring to jar or storage container. Add in dried cranberries or cherries (optional).
Yogurt parfaits are an easy and fun activity to do with kids. You only need a few simple ingredients and it is a great way to let your kids help out in the kitchen (with minimal clean-up!). I like using mason jars for the parfait to keep things rustic and they are perfect for little hands. I prefer to use plain yogurt because it is creamy and smooth. The granola, fruit, and honey add the flavor and sweetness you need. Greek yogurt is great too, but whisk it first to thin it out before layering into the jars.
For our parfaits we layered yogurt, granola, and fresh berries until the jar was filled. We topped with a drizzle of honey (or a spoonful in Cruz's case) and a few extra berries for garnish.
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