MAPLE GRANOLA CLUSTERS

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MAPLE GRANOLA CLUSTERS

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • a sprinkle of sea salt
  • 1 egg white (optional if you’re not vegan) – It helps bind extra large clusters!
  • Add-ins of your choice – I went with chopped sliced apricots & cinnamon-roasted pumpkin seeds – You could also used almonds, peanuts, raisins, dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried apples, or walnuts!

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Stir the oats, add-ins, salt, brown sugar, syrup, & olive oil together.
  3. If using the egg white for extra clusters beat 1 egg white in a separate small bowl until frothy, then gently stir into granola mixture until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the mix onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. (The paper makes it much easier to break the clusters apart after cooling.)
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, or until golden brown & no longer wet.
  6. After letting it cool completely, use your hands to break apart the sheet into clusters as small or large as you like!
  7. For Red, White, & Blue Parfaits take a small glass and alternate handfuls of granola, greek yogurt (I use plain since the granola & berries are sweet, but use any variety you like!), & blueberries/strawberries/raspberries/blackberries.  (I love the strawberry/blueberry combo.)

Enjoy!

claire marin