Who DOESN’T love granola!? I love to have healthy snacks as options to munch on when I get those mid-morning and mid-afternoon food cravings. Something sweet, but full of healthy ingredients is the perfect solution!

I made some alterations to the granola cluster recipe, which I got from a friend. It normally calls for pumpkin seeds and pumpkin puree, but I am a terrible basic white girl and hate all and anything pumpkin flavored! I’ve noted the original ingredients in italics as well for all of you who do like the pumpkin flavor. The flax and the chia are optional, but the extra fiber from the flax and the numerous benefits of chia seeds are too good to turn down, and you don’t even notice they are there while you eat them.

Granola Clusters

Serves 20 (snack sized)

Nutrition/serving

Calories: 246

Fat: 7g

Carbs: 39g

Protein: 7g

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups oats
  • ¼ cup flax (optional)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups chopped up cashews & peanuts (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup agave or maple syrup or honey
  • 4 tbsp. of creamy peanut butter (add more if you like)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce (½ cup pumpkin puree)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8×12 baking dish with a non-stick spray
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Press mixture into prepared baking dish
  4. Bake for 1-1.5 hours, until it looks baked and is hard
  5. Once done, spoon out mix and break into clusters

 

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