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Granola Clusters


Granola Clusters - maple almond clusters of crunchy granola makes the perfect snack!

Happy New Year! And what better way to start the new year than with a new recipe. I’ve mentioned before that I love crunchy snacks. Crackers, nuts and granola are my crunchy snacks of choice. The more crunch, the better. So it should be no surprise that I love snacking on granola clusters.

This recipe is a favorite of mine for many reasons. It is simple but perfect. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Because everyone has stockpiles of nuts in their pantry like me, right? With less than 10 minutes of prep, you are on your way to baking the perfect granola. Add it to yogurt with a few slices of fruit and you have a parfait. Or mix it together with dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to create a crunchy trail mix for when you are on-the-go. Or, if you are like me, just grab a handful and start munching. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

Granola Clusters - maple almond clusters of crunchy granola makes the perfect snack!

Granola Clusters - maple almond clusters of crunchy granola makes the perfect snack!

Granola Clusters - maple almond clusters of crunchy granola makes the perfect snack!

Granola Clusters - maple almond clusters of crunchy granola makes the perfect snack! Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and happy new year!

Granola Clusters

Granola Clusters

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup slivered almonds, divided
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Pulse 1/2 cup slivered almonds in a food processor until finely ground. You should have a flour like texture. Do not pulse for too long because you will release the oils. You want it to be dry.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground almonds, oats, whole wheat flour, salt and the remaining slivered almonds. Pour coconut oil evenly over the mixture and stir. Set aside.
  4. Combine maple syrup and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour sugar mixture over the oat mixture and stir until the wet ingredients evenly coat the dry. Break up any lumps. At this point, the mixture will be very sticky.
  5. Press granola mixture into prepared baking pan, flattening the top to make it even. Bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and then break into smaller cluster pieces - the granola may still be hot so be careful. Place the granola clusters back into the baking pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes at 300 degrees F.
  6. Remove from the oven and let clusters cool completely. Once cool, store in an airtight container.
http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2014/01/01/granola-clusters/

Source: barely adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

28 Comments

  1. marcie

    Happy New Year! You’re right, I do have all of these ingredients in my pantry, and I LOVE granola. I agree — crunchy snacks are the best!

  2. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Happy New year!! I love granola very much…in fact just finished shooting a recipe for tomorrow. These will be the best snacks or breakfast!!

    • Ashley

      Great minds think alike! Love granola :)

  3. Ashley

    haha I absolutely have a stockpile of nuts in my house at all times : ) You are not alone! I love that these are nice big clusters of granola – my favorite part! This looks like a great snack to have on hand!

    • Ashley

      Ha, I’m glad that I’m not the only one!

  4. Joanne

    The big clusters are always my favorite part of granola. Love how many there are in there! I wouldn’t be able to stop snacking on these.

  5. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Big clusters equal awesomeness at its finest. I’m sure I’d love these babies. They look truly addicting!
    Happy New Year Ashley! xx

  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I love, love, LOVE granola! Like that yours are little clusters. Makes them so much easier to pick up and eat. Happy New Year Ashley : )

  7. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Yes to granola. Always. Love the presentation btw! Pretty and fresh colors.
    Happy New Year, Ashley!

  8. Jerin Marina

    I love granola, they are so tasty and addictive! These look so good Ashley, just want to grab a big handful:)

    • Ashley

      I agree, Jerin! I can’t get enough of granola.

  9. Kelly

    Love granola and the clusters are my favorite part too since they are the crunchiest :) These clusters look awesome – love how big they are and I definitely wouldn’t be able to stop snacking on these for sure. Happy New Year Ashley :)

  10. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    Yum, Ashley! Do you think you could sub different nuts/ do they need to be in small pieces? I’d love to give this a try for breakfast.

    • Ashley

      Megan, I would still use the 1/2 cup ground almonds (or your could use almond flour), but you could certainly substitute the remaining 3/4 cup for a different type of nut. The remaining 3/4 cup are just mixed in with the remaining ingredients so they don’t necessarily have to be small pieces. I hope that you get a chance to try it!

  11. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I adore crunchy snacks like this. Will definitely be adding it to my morning yogurt! :)

  12. Design Chic

    I’m the biggest fan of granola and can’t wait to try this. Making me hungry…

  13. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Yum, what a delicious snack! I absolutely love those bowls. Blue is always such a complimentary color for food. Happy New Year Ashley!

    • Ashley

      I love these bowls too. My goal is to find a few new colorful pieces to brighten things up.

  14. Coach Leecey

    This recipe sounds awesome, I can’t wait to get to the store!!

    • Ashley

      Perfect! I hope that you get a chance to try them, Laura!

  15. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    umm… yes I always have extra nuts lying around in my pantry. So this sounds perfect. Great for a morning breakfast with yogurt and berries. YUM! Pinning. Great way to start off the new year Ashley!

  16. Sues

    a) This granola looks amazingly delicious!! and b) I am OBSESSED with those bowls. So pretty!!

    • Ashley

      Thanks! I found the bowls on clearance at West Elm and was so glad that I picked them up.

  17. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    I’m always looking for something to chow down on at work! These would be perfect! Have a happy new year!

    • Ashley

      Me too! I love having a handful of something crunchy.

  18. Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love homemade granola and this looks really good. I like that it’s made with coconut oil, too.

  19. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    Happy New Year! I was just cleaning out my pantry and literally found everything I need for this recipe. Totally trying it. Love crunchy snacks like this :)

  20. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    Ashley, these photos are beautiful! I like crunchy granola bars, so I’m sure I would love these homemade crunchy clusters. We’d love to have you share these with us at Saturday Night Fever!

  21. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Hi Ashley! I just found you via the Saturday Night Fever linky party! And I am SOOO glad I did!!
    I love to make homemade granola (and my husband loves to eat homemade granola – almost as fast as I can get it out of the oven!) but I haven’t ever achieved the clusters! Until I found your amazing recipe, that is! I can’t wait to try this!
    I may need to make this tomorrow! Everything around here is closed because it’s so cold – so I have nothing to do tomorrow but play in the kitchen with my kiddos! :)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Gretchen! I think you will love these granola clusters. Have fun in the kitchen and stay warm!

  22. Jen @Yummy Healthy Easy

    You bet I’ll be making these soon! Wow. They look and sound delicious! What a yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, Ashley – pinning now!!

  23. Bunny

    This is my second time making this! It is sooooo good. I have a daughter, who is vegan, and we can never find granola without honey, so we love this recipe, we use organic brown sugar and voila its vegan! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Ashley

      Hi Bunny, I am so glad that you enjoy this recipe. It is one of my favorites!

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