Changing your family’s eating habits in a world filled with processed food is not easy. Where do you even begin? I say start small and take one step at a time. Trying to completely overhaul your family’s diet at once is near impossible. Why not just start with the snacks?
We here at the House of Bedlam spend the majority of our waking hours at ice skating rinks. Which means we encounter lots of vending machines and snack bars with wonderful assortments of decadent treats. Did you know vending machines speak in high pitch voices that only children can hear? The voices are saying “drive your parents crazy until they give you some change!” This has not been scientifically proven – YET…
That vending machine full of colorful chips and candy is hard to compete with. To be honest, I have a hard time walking by without gazing into the glass to see what the choices are. If I gave in every time they asked, my kids would gladly live on vending machine fare. I try and stick to the 80/20 plan and have healthy snack alternatives for the times I don’t cave in.
One of my go to snacks is granola and I’ve come up with a recipe that satisfies their sweet tooth and need for something crunchy. Our secret is to add in steel cut oats for an extra crunch.
This recipe can be tailored with your family’s favorite nuts or dried fruits. Make a huge batch and have some on hand when that vending machine starts talking to your kids!
The Crunchiest Granola Ever
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. honey
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 ¼ cups Old-fashioned oats (not instant)
¾ cup steel cut oats
1 egg white (optional)
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
¼ cup raisins (optional)
– Recipe by Elaine Studdert
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Add both oats and stir until coated.
Spread the oat mixture on the baking sheet in a single layer, spreading it with a fork to leave clusters. Do not press down.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until browned. The granola will be soft when you remove it from the oven but will crisp as it cools. After granola is cooled break into chunks and mix in the cranberries and raisins.
Store in airtight container for up to two weeks. If it lasts that long…
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew (age 7): “I like the flavor”
Liam (age 5): “Tastes like cereal”
Dylan (age 5): “Too crunchy”
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