In some towns,the school year has begun,in others,it soon will.We will all be back to making lunches and snacks each day.Here is a healthy snack for your children's lunch boxes.It is easy to make,and very versatile.This version is made with walnuts,because that is what I had handy,but you can use pecans,almonds,or cashews.You can also add dried figs,cherries or both.The original recipe comes from Ina Garten.
2 c. nuts of your choice
3/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. honey
Mix together the oats,coconut,oil and honey in a large bowl.Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment(this makes for an easy cleanup). Bake at 350 degrees,mixing occasionally,until the granola is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Once the mixture is cool,add the assorted dried fruits.Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
***Please keep in mind that this snack contains nuts,as some schools have policies in place that do not allow nuts in school in order to protect students with severe allergies.