Sometimes it can be hard to make compromises that satisfy everyone. In the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story "Let's Do Everything", Martin and Sylvia certainly experience that as they work hard to find a way to make everyone have a happy playdate.
With this granola formula, there is a lot of room for choosing, so there is little need to compromise. If you have one little chef (or four!) in the kitchen with you, everyone can take turns deciding what should be put into the granola.
This granola formula is the perfect chance to do a little experimentation, try something new! You never know when you’ll happen upon a winning combination!
A Granola Formula
3½ Cups Rolled Oats
2 Cups Granola Stir-Ins (dried fruit, nuts, flaked coconut…)
½ – 1 tsp spices (cinnamon, ginger…)
½ tsp salt
½ cup melted fat (butter, coconut oil…)
½ cup sweetener (honey, maple syrup…)
1 – 2 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond…)
1 - 2 tsp extract – optional (vanilla, almond…)
Decide what ingredients you want to use in your granola. Since this is a granola formula, rather than a recipe, you can easily use what you have around the house (our favorite combinations are pecan, cinnamon, butter, maple, syrup, almond butter, vanilla, and cranberry, pistachio, ginger, coconut oil, almond butter).
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Melt the fat in a small saucepan. Once it is melted, stir in the sweetener, nut butter of your choice. Stir until well blended. Remove from heat and stir in any extracts you chose.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Spread the granola onto a large baking sheet.
Bake for 30-60 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes, until granola is evenly toasted.
Eat and enjoy! Granola can be eaten plain, sprinkled over ice cream, served with morning yogurt, or eaten with cold fresh milk.
Do you have a favorite granola? Perhaps one that you’ve had before? What did it taste like? What ingredients do you think were used? Try to recreate it!
Have you ever had a playdate like Martin and Sylvia, where everyone had a different idea about what to do? Did you handle it like Martin and Sylvia did? Did you solve it a different way? Did it work out?
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About the Authors
Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.
Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.