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5 from 4 votes

Snacking Granola Clusters

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped raw nuts I used cashews and almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice I used a mixture of raisins, cherries, and cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place 1/2 cup oats in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground. In a large bowl, combine remaining whole oats, the ground oats, chopped nuts, and flaked coconut. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter, vegetable oil, and brown sugar. When butter has melted add honey, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat and pour over the oat/nut mixture, stirring until completely incorporated. The dry mixture should be completely coated. Add dried fruit and mix well.
  • Divide the mixture between the prepared baking sheets. Use your hands to flatten the mounds and shape them into nice rectangles. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are beginning to brown, without stirring. Remove from oven and use a spoon or spatula to stir the mixture. Flatten and shape the granola back into a rectangle and return to the oven for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and use a spoon or spatula to press and flatten the granola down. Allow to cool completely, undisturbed. Use your hands to break the granola into small clusters.
  • Store in mason jars or airtight containers.

Notes

Granola WILL NOT be hard and crispy when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools, allowing you to break it into clumps.
Every oven is different so watch granola closely while cooking. If it appears to be browning too quickly around edges you may need to reduce the cooking time or the oven temperature.
This is an excellent snacking granola but also delicious served over yogurt with fresh fruit and honey.