I am a sucker for BIG chunky granola clusters. Granola is an amazing pantry staple. There is a brand that sells those chocolates covered ones that are addictive. I am sure you know the one I’m talking about. After eating too many bags, I decided to find a way to make my own clusters.
It was a adventure that is harder then it looks. I tried many recipes over the years and years of baking. The secret I found to good BIG clusters is having enough powder and stick to hold bulk together. I stumbled upon a YouTube video long ago that Introduced me to the idea of adding flours to granola mixes. That was the cluster game changer. The flours when mixed with the syrup acts as a glue to hold all the nuts and oats into giant clusters. Many other recipes just use plain ingredients like oats as a base which is great but will not cluster, and let’s face it if your here reading this you want a nice big cluster.
1. Some Dried fruit turns rock hard if placed in the oven with the oats. Great if you want a root canal …but not good eats. So add them post bake!
2. Don’t be tempted to skimp on salt, unless you medically need to. It really balances the flavours.
3. Think of it this way: your not trying to cook the granola, so much as dry it out if your granola is still sticky or wet lower the temp and dry a bit more.
4. This granola can be switched up- and very versatile simply by changing a few ingredients. For example – omit nuts for berries, or add chocolate or carob chips post bake for a chocolatey twist. Make a peanut butter favour granola by subbing in some natural peanut butter powder avail at bulk stores or online.
I made the granola what do I do with it now? It is delish on yogurt, simply eaten the way it is as a snack, or topping for favourite fruit crisp or grind it down and use in place of oats for cookie recipes. If you want really fancy – dip big clusters in melted chocolate and let set for an amazing treat!.
Chunky NUT GRANOLA
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups quick oats
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup coconut oil or olive
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup raw honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup ground flax or ground pumpkin seeds
- 1 cups raisins or dried fruit
- 1 cup nuts – I use pecans, but walnuts, peanuts or, flaked almonds
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, ground flax, coconut flakes, and stir to combine. Warm the coconut oil and honey in the microwave or stove top until the oil is melted and the honey is thin. Just warm it, no need to boil.
- Add the honey and oil to the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
- Add vanilla, nuts and stir to combine well, making sure there are no dry spots.
- Dump the oat mixture onto the lined baking sheet and use the spoon to spread it into an even layer. Press firmly and Bake for about an 40 min
- Granola should be golden and crisp (if still soft, cook longer.)- when fully cooled it will break into chunks easily and add in dried fruit. Store airtight container.