Gearing Up for School with Granola
The enthusiastic response we got to our Granolapalooza is just another sign that this trendy dish has real staying power — with athletes, creative chefs and families that want to create wholesome, delicious meals and snacks. Possible ingredients are endless, including everything from dried mango and chocolate chips to nutrition boosters like wheat germ, flax seed and even quinoa.
As families get back into the school routine, it’s the perfect time to take another look at granola as a healthy breakfast or snack, giving kids needed energy to get their morning going and providing a pick-me-up after a long day at school. With so many different possible combinations, your family is unlikely to get sick of this tasty treat. And making your own homemade versions keeps unwanted ingredients out and good health in.
With fall around the corner, why not get in the mood with a few autumn-themed granolas. This Pumpkin Granola includes pumpkin pie spice to offer a fall-flavored granola that keeps fat content down by using pumpkin puree, maple syrup and applesauce as binding agents. This Cinnamon Apple Granola couldn’t be simpler and incorporates fresh sliced apples, honey, nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve them over plain or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt and you’ve got a power breakfast to help kids stay focused all morning long.
Go beyond straight granola for breakfast or snack by incorporating it into other dishes. In our Three Ways to Build a New Dish with Granola, we share ways to include homemade or even store-bought granola into baked goods, salads and casseroles. Try using our Homemade Granola with Wheat Germ recipe to build your own new dish.
Have you checked out our Granolapalooza Pinterest board? Let us know what looks good to you!