I am a dedicated cluster granola kind of person. But I can honestly say that I prefer this recipe above any store bought kind of granola, clusters or not. This recipe is so simple and so easy to make that you could add too much of one ingredient and it would still taste amazing. Something else that’s wonderful about this recipe is that it can be a foundation for an even better granola. This is the basic recipe I use but you can add anything you want like pepitas, goji berries, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter (sooo good) chia seeds, literally whatever you want. SO GOOD!
The great thing about granola is it’s super easy. I’m sure you’ve been told about what granola is, how great of a breakfast food it is, blah blah. Something you may not know is that lots of the store bought granola is made with lots of sugar. While it may not be blatant if you look at the ingredients list things are disguised to not make you think it’s sugar. I am happy to say that this recipe is processed sugar free. The only natural sweetener in this recipe is agave nectar, which isn’t even necessary but I think it tastes amazing. Something I believe in is sharing recipes that I actually eat, not just sharing something I think people want to see.
Also something else I want to add is that lots of people have asked me if all of these ingredients in my recipes cost more. That’s a completely legitimate question. The truth is that, yeah, some of these ingredients do cost a little more but they last so long! All of my recipes will last over a week and taste delicious. Also some of the ingredients I use, like peanut butter and nuts, you can find at most local grocery stores. But other ingredients require a little more effort to find like goji berries or chia seeds. If you want to order anything online my go to place is nuts.com, they actually have EVERYTHING. If you have any questions about food, where to buy stuff, anything about me, don’t hesitate to ask! Just click on the ask page and ask away.
This is the basic recipe:
1 cup oats
1 tbsp coconut oil (sub olive oil if preferred)
3 cut up medjool dates
1/4 cup smashed almonds (just put them in a bag and hit it with a rolling pin to smash them 🙂 )
2 tbsp almond butter (sub any nut butter)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp agave nectar (sub maple syrup, honey, whatever you think will taste good)
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF
- Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a bowl (If you wanted to try and make clusters you could probably stick some oats around a date so it would stick together)
- Spread the granola mix evenly on a baking sheet
- Pop it in the oven for 18 mins (check periodically and take out earlier if you like it a little less crunchy)
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