Having kids make their own cereal is a great motivator to get them to eat a healthier, homemade product. The granola can be tailored to include ingredients you and your children like. So experiment and enjoy.

Homemade Granola with Maple Syrup and Almonds
Makes 4 cups of granola

3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons safflower oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup raw almonds, chopped (you can substitute other raw nuts here)
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit you like)

1.    Preheat oven to 200ºF.
2.    Whisk together maple syrup, oil, brown sugar, salt and water.
3.    Mix together oats, chopped almonds, and sunflower seeds.
4.    Toss liquid with oats, almond, and sunflower seed mixture to coat.
5.    Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat. Spread granola onto lined sheet tray.
6.    Cook at 200ºF for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
7.    Set aside to cool.
8.    Mix in dried fruit and store in an airtight glass or plastic container.
9.    Enjoy your granola with fresh cut fruit and milk or yogurt, or just as a snack.

Maple Yogurt
Makes 2 cups

2 cups organic lowfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1.    Whisk together yogurt and maple syrup. Taste for sweetness. You can add more maple syrup if desired.
2.    Serve with Homemade Granola and fresh fruit from the Farmer’s Market.