Easy Granola

This recipe is easily adaptable if you have children with nut allergies. Compared to store-bought granola, this version is much lower in sugar and fat yet fully packed with flavour and good food.

10 child-size portions
Preparation Time
5 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
none unless adding nuts
Equipment List
Large bowl
Baking sheet(s)
3 cups
slow or rolled oats
1 - 2 cups
unsweetened, shredded coconut and other chopped seeds or nuts (e.g. pumpkin seeds, pecans)
3 Tbsp
brown sugar or maple syrup
1/4 Tsp
2 Tbsp
canola oil
1 cup
cup dried fruit (optional—not recommended for children 4 and under due to choking risk)

1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Ensure all nuts and seeds being used are chopped small enough to prevent choking in children 4 and under. Mix all ingredients except dried fruit and spread in an even layer on two baking sheets (or if you only have one, cook half at a time).

3. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.

4. Add dried fruit if using. Allow to cool completely before storing in air-tight bag or container. Keeps well in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD


Childcare facilities with 8+ children should check with their Licensing Officer about what is needed to serve food.

Easy granola
Easy Granola