Granola Medallions

It’s that time again…back to school! I always find it such a chore to come up with new and creative lunch ideas when packing school lunches. I get stuck in a rut of packing the same old things day in and day out. Usually at the beginning of the year I have all sorts of great lunch ideas, but my creativity quickly fizzles out as the year progresses. I tend to turn to whatever is quickest and easiest. This recipe is really quick to put together, so it’s something even I can stick with. You can make it on the weekend and keep them in your freezer so you’ll have a great healthy snack to pack in school lunches for the rest of the week. They’re kind of like a cross between a granola bar and a cookie, which makes them fun. The best part is that the kids love them! The first time I made these, Cole told me “I love your baking mom!” That’s definitely not something I hear every day from him. I love that they make the whole house smell so good when they’re baking. I want to make more just to have that beautiful smell of vanilla and cinnamon wafting through the house again.  I may make a double batch next time, because they certainly disappear quickly.

Granola Medallions
Adapted from Today’s Parent ‘Picky Eaters’ Guide (Homemade Granola Coins)

1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup large-flake oats
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp whole flax seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, oil and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and stir until fully combined. Divide mixture equally in a well-greased 12-cup muffin tin. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the mixture into the bottom of each cup. Bake at 350F for about 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan, using a spoon to scoop them out. Place on a wire rack to cool.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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