I am here this week to give you some fun Valentine food ideas and this is number five in the series! I hope you've enjoyed the lunches I've posted. Have you been able to get some ideas for Valentine's Day (only one week away!)?
Today, instead of posting Harper's lunch, I am going to tell you how to make some Valentine Granola. Perfect for baking this weekend since Valentine's Day is next week! I loosely followed at recipe I found on Momables and then after I perfected their recipe, I created our own! This is SUPER easy. It was so much fun to make it with Harper. There aren't any ingredients in this recipe that calls for KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. I love recipes like this because our little Harper has a very hard time not being able to taste test foods she is baking. That poses a real problem when we are baking with eggs! But this one is great for little ones. I believe that all a small child wants is a spoon and a bowl with anything inside. So this is perfect!
4 cups of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 cup of almonds (walnuts or pecans work too)
1/3 cup of flax seed (or sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/3 cup of heart sprinkles (got ours in the Target $1 bins!)
Preheat oven to 250. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, maple syrup and olive oil. In a larger bowl, combine the oats, almonds and flax seeds. Combine both mixtures in the larger bowl and make sure the dry ingredients are coated well. Place the mixture on two sheet pans. Bake for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Once out of the oven, add in your raisins, cranberries and heart sprinkles.
Note: You can also add a handful (or two!) of chocolate chips to your granola! Just make sure to put them in after the oven.