Granola and trail mix are my on the go, need a fix snack. Since this summer, I have been on a granola making mission. So with kids on board and needing a family activity, we grabbed our new taste of home kid APPROVED cookbook and worked our mojo. To me, recipes are mere starting points, suggestions. With the oldest two wielding a wooden spoon and measuring cups, we got to work. Here is our version of “big-batch granola”.
4 cups quick oats
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup canola
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup dry almonds
1/3 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried berry mix (cherry, blueberries, and cranberries)
1/3 cup dates
Mix all ingredients together, spread on cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (stir every 5 minutes). Once cool, store in a Ziploc bag or container. For variations, add coconut, oat bran cereal, sunflower seeds – the options are endless. We plan to add chocolate chips to 1/2 the batch for road trips.
This cookbook is our new go to meal planner, check it out!