Simple and Delicious Kid-Friendly Granola

Making granola is a kid-friendly recipe in more ways than one! It's easy, it is messy, it is hands-on, and it's delicious!

My kids love to have cold cereal for breakfast. But there is something even better that is a treat for us: granola. With milk or with yogurt, breakfast granola is a sturdy alternative. Plus, this is a super kid-friendly granola recipe to make: the kids can do almost every step themselves, there is a messy part that is literally hands-on, and the end result is tasty!

The assembly of the ingredients requires to bowls: a big bowl for the dry ingredients and a smaller bowl for the wet messy stuff.

Once the two bowls are set up, it’s time to get messy! With scrubbed clean hands, the kids pour the sticky mixture into the oats and mix it together with their fingers!

The best part of the kid-friendly granola recipe is when we mix the wet sugar and honey into the oats and coconut! It requires clean hands to mix it together. Both kids love this part!

Once the combination is all  moist, we spread out the oats on the tray and pop it in the over. Plus, it’s time to lick our sticky fingers!

Every ten minutes as the oats are cooking, we have to pull it out of the oven and mix it again. Since my eight-year-old son is still a bit squeamish about hot pans and ovens, I was on hand to do the oven work and the tossing of the hot granola for him.

I helped toss the hot granola during the cooking step, but other than that, the kids did the entire recipe themselves!

Add in dried fruit of choice and any toasted nuts (cooked separately), and this recipe is ready for enjoying!

Eaten in milk or with yogurt, or even munched by itself, kid-friendly granola is simply delicious!

Our homemade (kid-made) breakfast granola is great with milk or yogurt, or even dry!

View and download this recipe below.

Breakfast Granola

Rebecca Reid
The simple and easy-to-prepare breakfast granola recipe is kid friendly. Kids can do most steps themselves, and getting hands in the sticky oats and honey mixture makes it fun as well. Eat it with fresh fruit, milk, or yogurt.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • cup almonds slivered, or nuts of choice
  • cup raisins and/or any other dried fruit of choice


  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a different, smaller baking sheet, or in a counter-top toaster oven, toast almonds (or nuts of choice) to desired toastiness. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss the oats and coconut with the cinnamon and salt. Spread the mixture evenly onto the large prepared baking sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture.
  • Use your hands to combine them: gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture. Leave a few clumps for texture if desired.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a spatula to lift and flip the granola. Bake for 5 more minutes, then remove from the oven and lift and flip again. Bake for 10 more minutes, then remove from the oven. Let it cool completely.
  • Sprinkle the raisins (or other dried fruit) and the toasted almonds (or other nuts) over the cooled granola.
  • Serve with milk, yogurt, or fresh fruit, or store in an airtight container for up to a week.

This post is a part of the A-Z of Kid’s Cooking hosted by 3 Princesses and 1 Dude. Go to the landing page to see what the alphabet of kids cooking will be. Also if you have a kid-friendly cooking recipe, join in our linky!

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