This delicious and nutritious granola is not only kid-friendly, but also SUPER easy to make!
What’s better than a delicious, nutritious homemade granola that your kids love and that you can feel great about serving? Not much! In our house, we go through A LOT of granola. It seems like everyday we are either making yogurt parfaits or smoothie bowls, and granola is ALWAYS the #1 topping of choice among all of us. I was finding that we were going through so much of it that it became very expensive and as a dietitian, I also didn’t love the amount of added sugar and fat that was found in the store-bought options we had.
So, we decided to create our own homemade granola recipe (confession–this was the VERY first granola recipe that I’ve ever made!). It was much easier than I ever thought and turned out perfect on the first try. It’s got the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavours, and because of all of the wholesome ingredients, is very nutrient-rich.
As a pediatric dietitian and mom, I love that I can feel good about serving this granola everyday. Rolled oats are the star ingredient, which boast tons of fibre and many vitamins and minerals. We also use natural peanut butter, which is rich in protein, fibre, and monounsaturated fatty acids. We sprinkled in hemp hearts for added protein and nutrition, as well as coconut and real maple syrup. And of course, the most important ingredient of all (according to the kids): chocolate chips.
This recipe is very versatile and customizable, so you can substitute other nuts/seeds or dried fruit in if you’d like. As long as you keep the amounts fairly similar.
This looks really yummy! I don’t have coconut flour. Any suggestions for a substitute?
Sarah Remmer says
Hi Nicole! Regular all purpose flour will do the trick!
Not a fan of coconut – any substitutes for the coconut oil, flour, or shredded coconut?
Also, can I use chia seeds instead of hemp hearts? If yes, same amount?
Sarah Remmer says
Absolutely! You can sub out coconut oil for any oil of your choice. No need to use shredded coconut either. Feel free to swap out with nuts or seeds of choice. Instead of flour, feel free to use almond flour or oat flour. You can definitely use chia instead of hemp hearts.