Crunchy Granola Clusters
Sometimes you just need something to snack on…a nibbly kind of snack for a quick bit of energy and to satisfy a craving. Today I am sharing some Crunchy Granola Clusters which do just that. A similar recipe to my favourite granola but with crushed nuts, baked slowly and packed together, then broken into finger size bites with your fingers once cooled. Perfect for a little on-the-go snack if you have pushchair-aged children or for after school snacks for the older ones. And it’s pretty good for busy mummies too!
CRUNCHY GRANOLA CLUSTERS
Makes a large batch
150g coconut oil
100ml maple syrup
100g crushed or chopped nuts ( I use almonds and blitzed them in my nutribullet to make them fine but any nuts you like will work or use a combination)
100g raisins/cranberries/chopped dates/chopped apricots
Pre heat the oven to 160C/140C fan.
Line a baking tray (or two depending on how much you are making) with baking parchment.
Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together, either on the stove or in a large bowl in the microwave.
Add the oats and chopped nuts to the melted mixture.
Mix well until all the oats and nuts are covered.
Add the dried fruit and mix well.
Pour onto a baking tray and pack it tightly together but make sure it is a thin layer of granola otherwise it won’t cook evenly.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, keep an eye on it as it can burn but you don’t want to mix it up otherwise you won’t create the clusters.
If you need to, turn the tray around in the oven to create an even bake.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool until totally cold.
Once it is cold, it should be hard enough to break into small bite size pieces, ready to enjoy! Any crumbs make a great topping for yoghurt at breakfast time.
Store in an airtight container, lasts for up to one month.
This makes a large batch which doesn’t last very long in this house but of course you can halve the recipe to make a smaller quantity.
Enjoy! Have a lovely weekend!
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx