Since becoming a stay at home mama I have slowly been making many of our family’s every day items. Bread is the most recent adventure. I also make my own ricotta, cheeze-its, tamales, ice cream, graham crackers, and granola. I have tackled and perfected homemade tortillas this past week and will be sharing that with you soon.
I used to think homemade meant cheap and not as good as store bought. Over the past few months I have discovered this is most certainly not the case. I can control what is in my food (meaning no artificial crap) and it is always so much better than anything I can get in the store. This was true for the granola I made but I wanted more. Finally I stumbled on a wonderful granola CLUSTER recipe. The same control over whats in my granola but now with the delicious clusters like the granola from the store.
We made this for the first time weeks ago and were unimpressed. I don’t throw out food so it went in to a tupperware and in to the pantry. Something magical happened- it got so much better after a couple of days. And when sprinkled over yogurt and peaches I had to pace myself before I inhaled the whole bowl.
This is now my official go to granola recipe. Little loves it too. We go through a batch once every two weeks. Absurd pace I know but it is such a great “I need a quick sweets fix.” A handful of granola is infinitely better for you than a handful of chocolate chips I am sure.
Granola Clusters (makes about 7 cups)
Adapted from An Oregon Cottage (yes I get alot of my recipes from her lately. What can I say? She’s good.)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbs vanilla
1/2 cup coconut oil
5 c. rolled oats (not quick)
1 c. chopped almonds
1/2 c. flax meal
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with silicone or parchment. Place the first four ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute- just long enough to melt the coconut oil. Add the remaining ingredients to a large bowl, pour the oil/honey/syrup mixture over it and mix everything really well. Press the mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet, using the back of the spoon, or a spatula. The harder you press the tighter your finished clusters will be. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, for about 35 minutes and do not stir. Remove to a cooling rack for 1 hour before breaking the granola into chunks.