If you read the labels on many granola products, there are additives in there that Center for Science in the Public Interest has deemed as substances “everyone should avoid”.
A great strategy that also saves money is to make your own granola. We call it the Sports Snack Crunch. Just be aware of any nut allergies that might affect other kids in the program.
The recipe is really a framework.
Add any of these for protein or added flavor:
Chocolate Chips Peanuts Pumpkin Seeds
Dried Figs Chopped Pecans Sesame Seeds
Chopped Walnuts Sunflower Seeds Cinnamon
In a saucepan, add the following ingredients:
1 ½ C. Agave Nectar (Amber Flavor)
½ C. Honey
1 ½ C. Smart Balance Omega 3s – Canola & Olive blend
4 T. Vanilla
Heat until emulsified on low for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
In a bowl, mix together:
1 container Oats – Old Fashioned (not Quick Oats)
½ C. Flaxseed meal
3 ½ C. unsweetened coconut flakes
1 ½ C. dried unsulfured cranberries
1 ½ C. dried unsulfured chopped apricots
Pour oil mixture on to oat mixture. Stir. Pour Crunch into baking sheets. Bake at 300 degrees. Bake for 30-40mins. Stirring every 10-15mins.
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