Granola reminds me of early morning hikes, field trips and play dates. It is an all around healthy, easy, guilt-free comfort food. Its also extremely versatile. My kids love to help in the kitchen so this is a recipe they can do alone without much interference. It involves measuring, self awareness, and critical thinking. I ask the following questions to keep them engaged and learning.
What ingredients do you think will make you full? Why?
Which ingredients are sweet?
Why honey instead of sugar?
Which ingredient did we use they least of? The most of?
Once you start asking your students questions more questions will naturally come about as you explore what you are doing and why. Remember it doesn’t have to be a well planned lesson to be a lesson. Look for ways to teach your children as you go about your regular activities.
This is our go to recipe but feel free to sub out ingredients and please let us know your tasty combinations below.
3 cups quick oats 1/2 cup honey (replace with Aguava to make vegan) 1 cup peanut butter 3 tbs protein powder 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix all ingredients. Pack down into a lined square pan and refrigerate for 3 hours. Cut into squares and enjoy!
** If you want granola but not in bar form you can make these into balls or cut the amount of peanut butter and honey to make it more like a crumble.
My kids love yogurt! This year we eliminated all dairy from our diet and adopted a mostly plant based diet. My kids didn’t mind to much but they did miss yogurt. I stumbled upon a two ingredient recipe from Minimalist Baker and had to try it out. It was a hit! I didn’t even need to go shopping since we had all the ingredients in house.
I simply put a can of full fat coconut oil in a glass mason jar, broke open 4 – Life 9 probiotic supplements, mixed them in and covered the jar with cheesecloth. I let the mixture sit for 24 to 48 hours. Once it is thick like yogurt you can go ahead and place it in the fridge. This perfectly tart yogurt also works well as a vegan sour cream. Make and easy parfait with 15 Min Jam homemade granola and fresh fruit.
Probiotics are great for your gut health and ultimate physical well being. It encourages the growth of good flora allowing you to better break down food which reducing bloating, discomfort and may even lower your chances of colon cancer. Many doctors recommend taking probiotics after a round of antibiotics to restore any micro-organisms who may have been removed by the medication.
This easy homemade yogurt is a great way to introduce students to micro-organisms and their role in the human body. Dr. Binocs has a cute video appropriate for elementary aged kids.
Followed up with questions such as:
What kind of microorganisms are there?
What are hyphae?
Why are micro-organisms important?
Are bacteria good or bad?
Please consult your doctor or a medical professional before adding any supplement to your diet.