Honey and Coconut Granola Nests
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Yields: about 20 nests Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
Full of protein, iron and healthy fats, these little granola nests are gluten free, easy to make, fun to eat, and have no refined sugar! They are perfect for holiday celebrations or even help make breakfast a little jazzier!
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free if needed)
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/4 cup almond flour
5 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine oats, coconut, almond flour and salt in a bowl and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, combine honey, melted butter, applesauce, melted butter and vanilla and mix well.
4. Combine honey and butter mixture into oat mixture, until well blended.
5. Scoop about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each mini muffin tin cup.
6. Using a small glass (or your fingers), pat the granola mixture down flat. Then, with your thumb, gently press in the middle to make the “nest”.
7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. It is very important to let nests cool when you remove them from the oven. This allows the sugars in the honey and the butter which has softened in the heat, to harden and solidify as it cools.
8. Fill with yogurt, raisins, dried fruit, seeds, nuts, honey, or whatever your imagination can dream up! Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for best keeping.
This recipe has become a quick favorite. Not only it is quick to make and ALL of my children will eat, it is also suitable for festive occasions. Easter is coming up, and for those that don’t celebrate, these little nests are perfect to welcome in Spring.
What I have learned over the course of motherhood (and thus getting children to eat), is the more autonomy they have over their food, the more likely they are to consume it. Not only that, but it gets them involved in the process. They get to learn the benefits of eating well and truly nourishing their body.
I didn’t realize it when I first made these, but these are perfect for a granola bar. Not the squarish snack, but a pick-your-own topping type of deal (like an ice cream sundae bar). As I mentioned in the directions above, there are a variety of topping ideas, from yogurt to dried fruit to even chocolate coated seeds!
And that brings me to my next point about these little nests as a festive treat. I was able to find candy coated dried fruit and sunflower seeds without any artificial colors at Trader Joe’s. That certainly makes things more fun when there are festive colors involved!