3.21.2013

Power Granola - Saturday Cooking with My Baby Girl




 Cooking with my 3 1/2 year old daughter can be very frustrating and dramatic.  Lately she has to do EVERYTHING herself.  Cooking is no exception.  My little angel assistant is turning into my little unreasonable dictator.  I used to love to have her with me in the kitchen and let her cook with me, but I hesitate more now for the sake of my sanity and her safety. 

But I gave her a chance with this granola. It's mostly combining all the ingredients and mixing them up before putting them into the oven.  It turned out to be the funnest cooking for her and me to do together and easiest! We just thew a bunch of goodies hiding in my little pantry on a pizza cooking sheet, then I told CK that she can just mix, crumble, and do whatever she wants with them. 






She is naturally a healthy eater, except her addiction for candies. She prefers salad to pizza, fruits to cookies, frozen yogurt and sorbet to ice cream.  Yogurt granola is her very favorite food, but she didn't realize what she was making that until we had a little bowl for her papa to try it out.  He gave her an A+ for making such a yummy granola and I gave her A++++++++++ for helping me without any drama...!







Recipe:

1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of almond meal/crushed almonds
1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconuts
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of roasted pistachio
1/2 cup of diced dried apricots
1/2 cup of diced dried cranberries
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
a pinch of pink himalayan salt
3 table spoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 table spoons of vegetable oil





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine oats, almond meal, sunflower seeds, coconuts, pistachio, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Then drizzle honey, vanilla extract, olive oil and mix the ingredients well.  Spread the mixture on a large cooking sheet (greased with oil) evenly.  I used a 16" pizza pan.  Put the pan in the oven and star it occasionally until it's golden for about 30 minutes.  Add diced dried apricots and cranberries.

Serve it with cold milk or yogurt and top it with fresh berries.

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