Common Sense Philosophies – Getting your Paleo Kids Involved

Kiddos making Paleo Granola

It is commonly advised that if you have trouble getting your kiddos to eat, especially transitioning to Paleo, to get them involved with the cooking. I am, on most night, blessed with some great kids who eat just about anything. That’s no reason we can’t have fun right? We decided to make a double batch of Paleo Granola. I have a recipe already blogged, but we did things just a little different this time. Keep in mind, this is for a huge batch and did two cookie sheets full of granola.

Here’s what you’ll need for this kid involved, granola, extravaganza:

  • 4 Cups of Hazlenuts
  • 4 Cups of Sliced Almonds
  • 2 Cups of Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 2 Cups of Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Cups Shelled Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Local, Raw Honey
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon All Spice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves

I had the kids take turns. I moved the huge bowl from place to place at the table. I let each kiddo dump in a cup or spoon that I measured out. However. Momma got to handle the oil and honey. Sorry…this OCD mom cannot handle stickiness. I seriously would like to know if there is a word for a phobia of stickiness!

Add all of the nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes. I found a really great deal on organic coconut flake at Wal-Mart:

coconut flake

It is great to know that Wal-Mart is getting an affordable organic line.

After all of them are in the bowl, feel free to allow the kiddos to put an impeccably clean hand or two in the mix to stir it around. If a piece or two falls out on the table, let them eat it!

Add the spices to the mix. There was enough that each kiddo got to do two spoons. If your kiddos are older and a little more coordinated, you might teach them how to use the measuring spoons and cups. I am a firm believer that boys and girls need to learn how to cook. As they get older, you can teach them more and more. Plus, it’s never too early to teach them about kitchen safety such as not touching knives, the oven is hot, and dishes need to be put up and cleaned. These are important life lessons that are crucial to me, as a parent, so that when my children jump into their life journey on their own, they can take care of themselves well.

Add it onto a baking sheet. Don’t over flow it but slightly pack it so that it’s level with the sides. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. If you like to have it in smaller pieces, go ahead and add it in to a container. If you like chunks, let it cool completely then break it up into a container.

This was a great time with my kids and I hope this will encourage you to get your kids involved in the kitchen. It’s never too late to teach your kids healthy eating and healthy cooking. It’ll be a lesson that they will take with them the rest of their lives.

In some future posts I hope to introduce y’all to my kiddos one by one and discuss our paleo journey with our kids along with their individual needs, likes, wants. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you want, send me some pictures of getting your kids involved in the kitchen on the Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/commonsensecook

-Happy cooking!

Ami M. Lee, The Common Sense Cook

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