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Salty-Sweet Granola "Clusters"

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Tastespotting didn’t like the “composition” of this photo 🙁


Yes, I had originally set out to make granola bars. Some tasty, easily portable, better-than-the-store-bought snack bars (by the way I just mistakenly typed “bras” which is definitely not the same, ha ha). Well, things didn’t go exactly to plan, though, to be fair, I don’t think it was the recipes fault (although many others who tried the recipe complained of the same thing). You see, I was supposed to wait until the baked bars were completely cooled before cutting them. I assumed, like the others who had this little mishap I’m sure, that cooled for 45 minutes to slightly warmed was equivalent to “completely cooled.” -Sigh- And so I am sure this was my mistake, and had I waited longer these would have cut without shattering.

Well anyways, despite my “issues,” this granola was soooo good! I LOVED the honey/peanut butter binding mixture. These bars were also pretty salty which complemented the naturally sweet dried fruit extremely well.

I highly recommend making these bars, only, unlike me, be sure to wait until they are COMPLETELY cooled. I would wait a couple of hours at least; it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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As you can see, they are somewhat bar shaped, but there was a lot of crumbling.


Salty-Sweet Granola Bars… or “Clusters”
recipe adapted from here

ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup whole cashews
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried currants

 

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Before and after roasting!

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line both a baking sheet and an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the oats, coconut, seeds, and nuts and spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. 
  3. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar, salt, honey and peanut butter over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then reduce the heat to low until the nuts/seeds are done toasting.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the toasted nuts/seeds/coconut, the dried fruit, and the honey/peanut butter mixture with a wooden spoon.
  5. Spread the mixture into the square baking dish. With a piece of wax paper, press down on the granola to create a smooth, even surface.
  6. Bake the granola for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool COMPLETELY. Cut with a very sharp knife and store in an airtight container.

 

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Makes 16 bars at 195 calories each.

   

6 Responses to “Salty-Sweet Granola "Clusters"”

  1. Michelle — February 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Great recipe! I love making granola bars, and I also always end up with chunks, which I use anyway:) BTW, you pic is great! I clicked on it on Foodgawker (which I only use now instead of TS anyway, cuz of their great favoriting features, etc.) So, I am really glad you posted it there! Looks delicious!

  2. Rachael — February 2, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    The breakaway clusters I just put in some Greek Yogurt and its divine!Thanks for the comment on the picture; I really do appreciate as I'm still trying to find my footing in this whole food photography scene. I know I need to get a DSLR as I just use a point-and-shoot but first I think I need to work on things like "composition," ha ha.

  3. Lea J — February 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Wow these look freaking delicious! And healthy too, always a plus ;D

  4. ahafen — February 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Wow those look so good! And healthy too. I love the picture of the oats, cashews, flax seed, and sesame seeds. Yum!

  5. biz319 — March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Love this one!! Going to try it out tonight. 😀

    • Rachael replied: — March 4th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

      Awesome! I'd love to hear how it goes!
      I haven't made this recipe in ages. It's one of the first recipe ever on my blog, but I remember it being amazing!

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