With the start of school, I've been looking for snacks that dear son can have while he works on his worksheets and to curb his hunger until lunch time.
Pretzels are my son's favorite snack. They are inexpensive, but they really don't have any nutritious value. On the other hand, granola with it's old fashioned oats, almonds and dried cranberries makes for a good snack with a lot of healthy ingredients a growing boy needs.
I like The Prudent Homemaker's recipe, which I've adapted for our taste. I cut back on the salt as well as the oil and added a hint of cinnamon and almond (extract).
We eat it dry like trail mix, but you can use it as cereal or as a topping for yogurt (or ice cream).
Below is my version:
(adapted from the Prudent Homemaker's recipe)
Preheat oven to 350°
3 Cups old-fashioned oats
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 Cup of vegetable oil
1/4 Cup of honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/3 Cup sliced almonds
1/3 Cup dried Cranberries
- Mix together all dry ingredients (except the dried cranberries); add wet ingredients and stir well to coat.
- Spread mixture on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper (or a silicone mat if you have one).
- Bake 15 minutes; stirring mid-way through.
- Remove granola from the oven and stir (if you prefer bigger chunks of granola, let it cool before you stir)
- Stir in dried fruit
- Once completely cool, store in an airtight container
Hope your week is going well.