Cooking is an awesome opportunity to explore math concepts (yes, that’s how us nerds cooks) and when dad is a bona fide measuring cup enthusiast, we can’t but add, subtract and multiply our hearts out. We’re sharing today a great recipe for yummy no-bake granola balls, but also want to emphasize the wonders of math, applied to this super fun activity!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
- 1 cup granola cereal
- 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
- baking sheet
- wax paper
- large mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- Talk about the recipe with your little chef. Gather all the ingredients (not yet measured) and talk about how much you’re going to need of each.
- Line the baking sheet with wax paper.
- Together with your kid, measure out each of the ingredients. Invite him or her to pour the measured sugar, peanut butter, milk, and vanilla one at a time into the large mixing bowl. Help your chef mix the batter with a wooden spoon and talk about how the batter changes as it is mixed. (For example, it changes from lumpy and separated to smooth and creamy.)
- When the batter is smooth and creamy, have your kid pour in the oats, cereal, and chips. Continue to mix until the dry ingredients are completely coated with the peanut butter mixture.
- Now prepare to get messy! This is the part where dad freaks about the cleaning. Together with your child, roll and press the mixture into one-inch balls. Place the balls onto the lined baking sheet about a half-inch apart.
- Remember, we’re not baking today, so simply place in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour or until firm, and then store them in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
This recipe will make about 28 granola balls.
Some awesome math tips to follow:
- This activity helps your child learn measurements and how to follow directions/recipes. If possible, use an easy to read, see-through measuring cup that has 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 clearly marked. While using the individual cups for 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 still works, they do not give your child the same valuable experience with fractions of a whole.
- Discuss the different measurements as you work with them. For example, talk about how one cup is more than a half cup.
- When the balls are lined up on the cookie sheet, invite your child to tell you how many are in each row. How many are there altogether?
- Repeat this activity using other simple recipes. Read the recipe aloud, invite your child to help you measure the ingredients, and talk about how the ingredients change as you mix, stir, chill, or cook.
How did yours turn out? Send us your photos and experiences and don;t forget to tag the #NoniTribe!