My daughter has been super into baking and cooking lately… particularly learning to bake and cook things that she can actually eat. Her tummy isn’t very fond of a number of foods and due to her food intolerances there are many treats that she often does without. However, we have found ways to tweak recipes or even come up with our own creations so that she can enjoy and taste a bit more of what life has to offer.
Recently she has been getting cooking and baking books at the library for inspiration. She found a “Crunchy Fruity Granola” recipe in a cookbook called “Salad People” by Mollie Katzen. It’s chalked full of fun kid friendly recipes. We made substitutions and adapted the recipe so that it would be something my daughter could enjoy. I love that she is now at an age where we can work together to come up with recipes she loves.
Here is how we adapted the recipe:
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut chips (I buy mine from tropical traditions)
- 1 cup organic gluten free oats (you could also replace all the oats with more unsweetened coconut chips if you want a grain free lower carb recipe)
- 1 cup of nuts or seeds (we used raw cashew pieces from Trader Joes)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp stevia (you could use 1 TBS of organic maple syrup or raw honey if you rather)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 TBS coconut oil
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- Preheat your oven to 325.
- Pour your oats, coconut chips, nuts and sea salt into a medium size bowl and mix.
- Add all of your liquid ingredients and mix with your hands.
- Spread out your mixture thinly and evenly onto a cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet into the oven and bake for about 25 min. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn as different ovens may vary in true temperature.
- Allow it to cool.
- Add fruit if you like (raspberries or raisins may be good).
Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
I like to use this fantastic mason jar funnel anytime I store things in mason jars. It helps me to not make such a big mess.
I also like these glass storage containers.
You could also double the recipe if you like. We made a smaller batch because we were not sure how it would turn out but it was a hit! We will be making this one again and again.
You can eat this as is (as a snack) or sprinkle it on top of yogurt or oatmeal. So good! How do you like to eat granola?
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