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Homemade granola – super easy, fun after school snack!

7 Jan

It’s the New Year and we are back in full swing with our after school cooking classes. This week, homemade granola bars!

Students toasted oats and sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. They chopped dates and discovered how sticky they are (a wonderful quality in this case)! They measured and mixed in butter, brown rice syrup, maple syrup and wheat germ and currants, and pressed it all into pans. With the granola pressed into pans, we asked the students what they thought the next and final step was. All guessed it was time to put the pans in the oven – no one guessed they were headed to the freezer!

You can put such good things together and call it a granola bar. Nuts, coconut, chia seeds, gogi berries, flax meal, apricots, figs, raisins, etc.
Here’s the recipe we used in class you can use as a base for your inspirations:


  • 2.5cups rolled oats
  • 1 cups dates
  • ¼  raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ sesame seeds
  • ¼ pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/8 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1  cup dried cherries/cranberries or raisins
  • a few pinches of cinnamon and allspice


1. Chop the dates as finely as possible, and put aside.

2. Measure out the oats, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds into a pan. Place the pan over low-medium heat on the stove.

3. Stir the mixture constantly for 5-7 minutes, then add the sesame seeds. Continue to toast for another 5 minutes, or until aromatic. Set aside.

4. Melt the butter, and add the chopped dates, rice syrup, maple syrup and cinnamon in a pan over low-medium heat.

5. Add wheat germ to oat mixture, then combine the oat mixture into the pan, and simmer for 1 minute.  Add raisins.

6. Flatten the granola onto a cookie sheet, using wax paper to press the mixture down so that it doesn’t stick to you.

7. Place the granola into the freezer, and let it cool. 10 minutes will usually do.  Once it has cooled, cut the granola into squares and enjoy!