Snacking Granola Clusters

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This is the perfect granola recipe…it makes Snacking Granola Clusters..perfect for an on-the-go treat. Big Cluster granola is the best!

I know  granola might seem boring.

But can I just tell you that I make the best granola?

Like the besty best?

 

You wanna know why it’s the best?  Because it’s all clumpy and clustery… not all loosey goosey oats.

I don’t eat granola in milk, so maybe that explains my preference…but you know as well as I do that when you open a box of granola you go straight for the clusters.  Don’t lie.  You do it.  So do I.

SO why don’t they make all clusters?  Well, people..I did.

And not only is this clustery…it’s also my favorite granola recipe.  Perfectly sweet..a touch salty and totally snack-able.

Plus, this recipe is perfect because you can add or not add whatever…don’t like raisins?  No problemo.  Don’t do nuts?  Not an issue!

But I will say I ave a few “secret ingredients” in my granola..so listen up.

 

Grab your oats.  This isn’t the secret ingredient.

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I like to use old-fashioned oats in mine, but you could absolutely use Quick Oats if that’s what you have in your pantry.

 

Next up Corn Flakes…

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So these are a secret ingredient that I like to add to give my granola extra crunch.  If you’re feeling crazy you could even sub in Frosted Flakes for the Corn Flakes.

 

You’re gonna need to crush them up.  People will never even know they’re in there.  Promise.

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I LOVE coconut in my granola…

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And yes, I add raisins.  You could put in any other dried fruit you like, or leave it out completely…Whaterrr.

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Now, secret ingredient #2.

Beat up one egg white and mix that into the ingredients.

An egg white helps bind everything, making it more clustery…

Snacking Granola Clusters | www.cookiesandcups.com Spread all your granola out onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 300° for 20 minutes.

Snacking Granola Clusters | www.cookiesandcups.com THEN.  This is another trick…after the 20 minutes turn off the oven and let it sit..overnight is best, until the oven and the granola are completely cool.

I discovered this method one day when I started making the granola but had to leave the house suddenly.  I knew it wasn’t done baking, so I just shut the oven off.  Many hours later when I came home I was pleasantly surprised at the results!  Not only was it perfectly crunchy, but it held together in big hunks!

The egg white discovery came later, but those 2 things are my tricks for getting all clusters.

 

When it’s baked and cooled it will look like this…kinda flat…

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I like white chocolate chips in mine. You can if you wanna. Snacking Granola Clusters | www.cookiesandcups.com

Then just peel it off the foil or parchment, breaking it into pieces…

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And you’ll have this… Snacking Granola Clusters | www.cookiesandcups.com

Isn’t it pretty?

Honestly my recipe is perfectly sweet, but not too sweet!

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If you’re not a cluster-lover you can stir the granola every 10 minutes while cooking and bake it a little longer, removing it from the oven immediately.

It will look more like this picture….

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Either way it’s a success!

Snacking Granola Clusters
 
makes approx 10 cups granola
Author:
Ingredients
  • 5 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 4 cups corn flakes, crushed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup salted cashews or any kind of nut
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a (15x11) baking sheet with sides with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all ingredients except the white chocolate chips together in a large bowl until evenly coated with butter and honey. Finally stir in beaten egg white evenly.
  4. Spread mixture onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes without stirring.
  6. Turn oven off and allow granola to stay in oven until cooled.
  7. Break into pieces.
Notes
Store airtight for up to 2 weeks.

If you prefer not-clustered granola, stir the granola every 10 minutes while baking and remove from oven when done baking. Also, omit the egg white form the ingredients. UP the bake-time to 25-30 minutes.

*loosely based on a granola recipe from Elk Haven Nursing Home Cookbook

 

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Guest
January 23, 2014 3:20 pm

You’re such a genius! I can’t wait to try the egg white trick! And the corn flake trick! Love.

Guest
January 23, 2014 4:15 pm

hahaha “the besty best”! I bet you DO make the best granola! This recipe looks awesome!

Guest
January 23, 2014 4:28 pm

I AM THAT TERRIBLE HUMAN BEING WHO PICKS OUT ALL THE GRANOLA CLUSTERS FROM THE HONEY BUNCHES OF OATS CEREAL BOXES. I *love* making granola clusters and am so excited that this time I get to hoard them all to myself! Pwahaha…thanks for enabling my granola bunches obsession!

Guest
January 23, 2014 4:47 pm

The clusters are the best. No question. Love the turn off the oven trick! Can’t wait to do this! I’ve done the egg white thing before and loved the crispy results! So I love love lurrrrrrvvvveeee you for pointing out the oven trick. Oh and for adding white chocolate chips to your granola too!

Guest
January 23, 2014 4:57 pm

Clusters are for sure the best part of granola! Love this recipe and I’ll definitely be trying it asap – pinned!!

Guest
January 23, 2014 5:03 pm

Clusters:Granola as Marshmallows:Lucky Charms.

So this is basically like a big bowl of marshmallows. crunch crunch crunch

Guest
January 23, 2014 9:22 pm

I used to seek out the clumpiest clumps in Honey Bunches of Oats…so yes, this is for me.

Guest
January 23, 2014 11:33 pm

Clusters are the best. Coconut in granola is the best. This granola looks amazing!!

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Lisa
January 24, 2014 12:58 am

Love grànola but absolutely hate dessicated coconut. Any recommendations for a sub? Thanks!!

Guest
January 24, 2014 4:18 am

This cluster recipe looks like the best I’ve ever seen, so making these!

Guest
January 24, 2014 9:06 am

Wow – corn flakes? I would never even think of that. How creative. And I love the egg white binder. I just love a good granola and this looks totally delicious.

Guest
January 24, 2014 10:19 pm

Egg whites and cornflakes in granola? Wow, that’s neat.

Guest
January 27, 2014 8:41 am

I don’t understand how to incorporate the white chocolate chips…just sprinkle over the top when it’s cooled? And are those mini-white chocolate chips? I’ve never seen mini white chips before!
This looks amazing and can’t wait to try it!!

Guest

I definitely eat all the clusters first!! Frankly I don’t understand people who make clusterless granola!! Can’t wait to try the egg white.

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Meg
January 27, 2014 8:07 pm

Dear Shelly

I stumbled upon your blog while looking for a vanilla cupcake recipe this weekend. I have not yet made your cupcakes but I did make your granola clusters last night.

OMG…it is amazing!!!! I used half raisins half cranberries.

I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes but this one is a keeper!!!!

Thank you

Sincerely,

Meg

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Rebecca
January 28, 2014 11:33 am

1/2 cup of brown sugar?

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Gail
January 28, 2014 2:16 pm

I can’t stop eating these! The granola clusters came out perfect.

I even used the coconut, which I can’t STAND the texture of. I chopped it up really fine and hoped for the best.

It makes a ton too. I had to split it between 2 big cookie sheets.
Granola clusters for the win!

Guest
January 31, 2014 1:33 pm

I just made this and it turned out SOOO good! I was out of corn flakes so I used honey bunches of oats and I browned the butter instead of just melting it. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

Guest
February 1, 2014 7:02 pm

I love this! Will be making this soon!!

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Liz
February 11, 2014 1:15 pm

Shelly,
I’m really excited to try out this recipe, this is exactly how I like my granola, I’ll let you know what I think!
Thanks!

Guest
February 11, 2014 9:34 pm

I’ve been falling (hard) down the rabbit hole that is your wonderful blog. I am so happy you posted this – there is a “snacking granola” that a bakery nearby makes we are obsessed with. Today I had a very disappointing, very hard and unclumpy version, that needed to be added to other things to be eaten. Granola needs to be snacked on – no milk/yogurt necessary!

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Gayle
February 21, 2014 9:19 am

Is it 4cups cornflakes after crushing, or 4 cups, then crush?

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Marne Holstein
March 27, 2014 7:39 pm

Oh Darn!! I only put in 2 1/2 T of brown sugar! It is now cooling in the oven. I also added the chocolate chips into the mix, because it wasn’t clear. Hopefully I can remake it if it’s not sweet enough:((( I am an exact recipe reader and my brain wouldn’t think to itself ” that’s not enough sugar” oh well:)

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Marne Holstein
March 27, 2014 9:34 pm

I made the recipe..it’s in the oven cooling as we speak. I made 2 major mistakes. Thought the recipe read 21/2 T. of brown sugar. Secondly I added the chips into the mix. Thought they would stay whole like they do in cookies. I’m sure it won’t be sweet enough, but I will let you know:)

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Margaret
May 20, 2015 12:19 pm

Wish I had read this first, wasn’t sure so I crushed then measured and my granola wasn’t as clusters as I would have liked. I did add an extra egg white, tasted great!

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Karen
April 13, 2014 9:21 am

I loved this recipe! I substituted cornflakes for Great grains cereal with raisins, dates and walnuts, but also added salted cashews, craisins and almonds! So Delish! Thanks for sharing :-)

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Dianne
June 10, 2014 9:48 am

I loved this recipe, even with the coconut, which I don’t particularly like. Getting ready to make a second time. This time I will bake a little longer, not crunchy enough last time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Elaine
September 17, 2014 5:47 pm

Yum! I make this recipe easily once a month if not more. I travel a lot, so I pack it up and keep it in my bag when I need to snack on those long flights. Oh, how I love to snack! Thank you for this recipe and your many other awesome recipes full of yummy goodness. Congratulations on your book as well!! Can’t wait to see it!

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Carolyn
November 10, 2014 1:10 am

I just finished putting together a care package to send my husband overseas. I made pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookies, and this granola. Of all three things, the granola is the one that I can’t stop eating. So glad I made enough to be able to keep some here. This is so good! I’ll definitely be making it again.

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