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.
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Source: barely adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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38 Responses to Granola Clusters

  1. marcie says:

    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. 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!!

  3. Ashley says:

    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!

  4. Joanne says:

    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. 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. 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. Im a granola junkie! I eat it in and on everything!
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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

  9. Jerin Marina says:

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

  10. Kelly says:

    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 :)

  11. 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 says:

      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!

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

  13. Design Chic says:

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

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

  15. Coach Leecey says:

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

  16. Your right, I do have all the ingredients! I prefer granola that is comprised of large clumps of grandola, like yours!

  17. 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!

  18. Happy New Year! Love recipes where I have all the ingredients :)

  19. Sues says:

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

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

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

  22. 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 :)

  23. 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!

  24. Thanks for sharing with us at Marvelous Monday tonight… great looking photos too – pinned!

  25. 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! :)

  26. 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!!

  27. Bunny says:

    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!

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