Is anyone as stoked as I am?
Mainly because it’s been entirely too long since I’ve made granola. And this one has chia seeds in it. Whooo, healthy! Right?
And because my daughter eats it. And I haven’t been able to get her to eat anything. Except pizza, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, and eggs. Quite the diet, eh? Oh, and she’ll also eat yogurt. Yogurt that has a supremely ripe banana pureed in it. Super ripe. I’m talking black skin and all, folks. And some vanilla. Add some of this granola and “bam” you’ve got yourself one of those Chobani flips. Minus the 29 grams of sugar.
Because who wants to give their daughter that much sugar as soon as she wakes up. Not me.
Butttt, who also wants a super quick breakfast option when you just don’t feel like making eggs and cleaning pans. Me! Me! Me!
So, let’s talk about this granola. It’s not just any granola. It’s granola clusters. Yes. These are the freaking largest, crunchiest granola pieces you may ever lay your eyes on – especially if you don’t crush them up trying to shove them into your favorite “granola jar” like I did. And how do they get this way? Just don’t stir them. Ever. Not half-way through the baking cycle. Not prior to them cooling fully. Everrr. Trust me – you’ll thank me.
Unless one of the clusters is so big you can’t get it into your mouth. Then obviously break it down more, dummy. And then thank me for this advice as well.
See. I’m here for you.
Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters
- 3 c old fashioned oats
- 1 c sliced almonds (I used the ones for topping salads since it was a cheaper option)
- 1/4 c flaxseed meal
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 1/4 c canola oil (I chose this for it’s neutral flavor)
- 1/4 c pure maple syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (preferably one with sides – like a jelly roll pan).
In a large bowl, toss together the oats, almond slices, flaxseed meal, and chia seeds. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. When combined, pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture. Stir until evenly coated.
Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread out so that it’s flat. Place in oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the granola starts to look golden brown. Once the granola is finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Remember: do not mix during baking or cooling process.
Brake the granola into clusters and then store in an airtight container.
Keep an eye out later this week for a recipe that I used this in!