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.
Wishing you a wonderful, healthy and happy new year!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove from the oven and let clusters cool completely. Once cool, store in an airtight container.