Monday, February 27, 2012
Kids in the Kitchen: Bite-sized Granola Cups
I love having the girls in the kitchen with me and make a point to include them in my baking or cooking as much as possible. I want them to be filled with memories of helping mix up cookie dough, chopping up veggies and even just sitting next to me while I frost cupcakes. I've been working with our oldest daughter who's 12 and letting her cook supper more often. I'm hoping to have her start preparing 1 meal at least every other week. It's such a good skill to have for later in life, it gives them a sort of independence and studies have proven that children will tend to eat healthier when they're given the chance to help prepare what's put in front of them.
I spotted these granola cups over on Mommie Cooks and knew they would be perfect for the girls to help me make. They're just the right size for them and are perfect to serve for breakfast or snack time. Kids will love putting their own yogurt and berries on as well!
Our youngest who will be 2 this coming Sunday, loved helping stir all the ingredients together in the bowl.
Our oldest had the job of scooping the granola into the muffin tin.
All ready to eat! The 4-year old was too busy playing to help with the preparation, but she sure was a good taste-tester! I hope you're encouraged to get your children in the kitchen with you more often. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, just simply letting them sit on the counter with you and have a turn at stirring the batter is enough to make a lasting impression on them! I hope to bring you more Kids in the Kitchen recipes, most likely once or twice a month. Enjoy!
Bite-sized Granola Cups
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cook)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
In a small sauce pan add butter, honey, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Heat until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
In a large bowl combine oats, wheat germ, flax seed, almonds and cranberries. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and stir until oats are completely coated. Place bowl in fridge for about 15 minutes to let cool a little bit.
When ready to bake, grease a muffin tin and fill each well about 2/3 full with granola. Using your fingers press into the center of each cup and then work you way around the edges to form a bowl. You may need to wet your finger a bit with water to prevent mixture from sticking.
Bake in a preheated oven at 325 for 15 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from tin. When ready to eat, fill bowls with yogurt of your choice and fresh berries. Store extras in an airtight container. Makes 12
Source: Mommie Cooks