Guest Blog by Kari Witthuhn-Henning
















Whether it's your first or your sixth addition to the family, the dynamic of your day shifts with the arrival of a newborn. This transition often means less time to prepare healthy snacks/meals for the family and yourself. Whenever I make a batch of this, the house is filled with the most amazing smells and eager mouths can hardly wait for it to cool.

One of my favorite go-to's for friends and family who just had a baby is to make them a big batch of heavenly smelling, nutrient packed granola. {Do note to check in on any food allergies like nuts/dairy/wheat}. Granola is a great way to pack in all sorts of dried fruits, nuts and seeds otherwise not routine eaten in a busy families life. Because of the flexibility of ingredients, this recipe has great texture and is so tasty. It's lovely eaten for breakfast with fresh berries and yogurt {pick your own strawberry season is right around the corner} or as a nutritious snack."

This recipe fills one large quart jar

2 C quick oats {not instant, a gluten free variety exists if there is an allergy}

1 C unsalted nuts {slivered almonds, cashew, pistachio, walnut }

1/4 C mixed seeds {sunflower, sesame, chia, flax, pumpkin}

3/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut

1t cinnamon

1 1/2 C dried fruit {cherries, chopped apricots, blueberries, raisons}

5 T pure maple syrup

5 T oil {coconut, sunflower, grape seed}


-Set oven to 350

-Toss all ingredients {excluding dried fruit, it will burn} on a large sheet pan.

-Incorporate oil and syrup, then stir into ingredients

-Bake 25-30min stirring every 5-7mins till golden {you are toasting all the ingredients at this point}

-Rough chop dried fruit if needed and stir in once the granola is room temp

Once cooled, store in airtight container. I prefer to use a decorative mason jar which you can cut a fabric lid topper and tie with string for a polished presentation. This keeps for about 3 weeks and also freezes well.

Kari Witthuhn-Henning (among many things) is a mom and wife, freelance photographer at Kim Thiel Photography Studio.