What’s Cooking: Breakfast Made Easy

Weekdagranolay mornings can be a stressful time. Making sure everyone is ready and out the door on time can take a lot of effort, and sometimes a wholesome breakfast gets forgotten. But breakfast is so important for growing brains! According to the CDC, “Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism, and improved mood.”

In our January Kids Cooking Classes we focused on recipes that can be made on the weekend for the whole week ahead. We made different kinds of muffins, mini frittatas, and this delicious granola. The kids tasted the granola with fresh fruit and yogurt, and the recipe is below!

Our next cooking classes take place over February vacation and focus on vegetables in small packages: dumplings!

Dumpling Masters: Celery Sous Chefs (5-8 year olds), February 20th, 2:30-3:30pm

We will make the filling and then learn how to fold Korean mandu.

Register for this class here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4650597

Dumplings Around the World: Broccoli Head Chefs (9-12 year olds), February 23rd, 2:30-4:30pm 

In this class we will play a country and dumpling matching game, plus make two kinds of dumplings including Korean mandu.

Register for this class here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4650789

Olive Oil Granola

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, fried cranberries, cherries, or currants (optional)

Preheat your oven to 300F.

Combine oats, pecans, coconut, and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl. Add maple syrup, sugar, olive oil, salt, and spices and toss until everything is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture out on a large baking sheet with rims on all sides. Bake for about 30 minutes, then give a good stir. Bake another 15 minutes or until granola is golden brown. It will be slightly soft and will harden as it cools.

Let granola cool completely. If you wish, add dried fruit.

Granola will keep for a few months in an airtight container. It doubles well (cook on two baking sheets), and makes a great gift.

Read the rest of the February Sprout!

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