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Nutty Kids Granola

Nutty Kids Granola

Simple Granola Recipe for Kids

By Elyse Kopecky


The best way to encourage kids to try new foods is to have them help with the cooking. When children are involved in the kitchen, they're a lot more likely to want to sample what they helped make. My 4 year old, Lily, swore she would never like nuts until we started making this granola recipe. Granola is a healthy sweet treat that kids can devour for breakfast or snack.

We like to serve this granola with plain, whole milk yogurt. For our mix-ins we use a combo of almonds and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips combined with the oats makes this granola seriously taste like a freshly baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. 

This recipe is easy enough for kids to make on their own with a little bit of guidance. The ingredients don't even need to be measured precisely, the recipe is very forgiving (just don't put a bowl of salt in front of your kid as they'll think it's sugar!). I recently led a cooking activity at my daughter's preschool and each kid made their own individual batch of granola using these ingredients. 

The recipe below makes a small batch so that kids can customize their own. When I make this recipe for the whole family, we typically do a quadruple batch which fits perfectly on one baking sheet. 

Below is also a link to download a printable PDF with photos of each ingredient. 

No time to bake your own granola?! Pickup a bag of Picky Performance Granola...the recipe comes straight from Elyse's kitchen. 


Nutty Kids Granola Recipe

Small batch – Recipe can easily be tripled or quadrupled


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup each favorite mix-ins (let kids select, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, raisins, dried fruit, choc chips, etc)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • couple pinches salt (1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 275°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Place on the baking sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes (a larger batch will take longer, 40 to 45 minutes). Cool completely before storing.

Download Printable Recipe 

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