Maple Almond Granola Clusters.

So here’s the thing.  I love munching on granola. Peanut Butter Cup Granola, Nutella GranolaPB&J Granola, the list goes on.  Anyhoo. What I love MOST about eating stuffing my face with the sweet, yet seemingly healthy oaty goodness are the huge CHUNKS.  Those big crunchy clusters that take up an entire spoon?  Ohhhhh yeah.  They’re my fave!

When I’m having my usual bowl of granola, those big chunks are the first to go.  The rest of the tiny granola crumbies just sink to the bottom of my bowl and then I whine…. and then I grab more clusters from the batch and throw them back on top.  And then I’ve eaten all of the big chunks from my granola recipe.  And then I have to make more.  It’s a vicious cycle, I tell ya.

So in order to solve all of my granola woes, I decided to bake up a granola CLUSTER recipe chock full of my beloved big chunks. (that totally sounds just…wrong… but stay with me here.)  By adding in some whole wheat flour + almond flour, I was able to bind the oats together more.  I threw in some slivered almonds for texture and some sticky stuff: maple syrup, brown sugar, + vanilla extract.  And bonus!  They are completely vegan.

I baked the oat mixture as if they were regular granola bars – pressing down in a baking dish rather than spreading on a baking sheet – and broke the bars into clusters as they were finishing in the oven.  50 minutes later the clusters were crispy and made my kitchen smell like a bakery.

These clusters are AMAZING with some almond milk or regular milk.  Or sprinkled on top of vanilla greek yogurt.  Try them in a parfait with sliced strawberries and more slivered almonds. Or just pull a Sally and munch on them plain all day long. Either way, you will LOVE the big chunky clusters.  The BEST part of granola. :)

PrintPrint SaveSave

Maple Almond Granola Clusters

For those of you who love the clusters!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (I made my own. See below for easy instructions.)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used dark, but light brown sugar will work too)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F. Line 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In large bowl, toss together oats, almond flour, whole wheat flour, slivered almonds and salt. Pour canola oil evenly over the mixture and stir.  Set aside.

Combine maple syrup and dark brown sugar in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.  Pour sugar/maple mixture over oat mixture and stir until everything begins to come together. Break up any lumps and make sure the wet ingredients are evenly coating the dry. The granola will be VERY sticky.

Press into prepared baking pan, flattening the top so it is perfectly even. I used the bottom of a spatula (sprayed with nonstick spray) to flatten down the top.

Bake for 40 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for a couple minutes. Cut into squares and break up into smaller cluster pieces - the granola will be hot so be careful! Throw the clusters back into the baking pan and bake the clusters for 10 more minutes at 300F.

Remove from oven and let the clusters cool completely - make sure they are cooling uncovered because the air will help give them a nice crunch. Enjoy!

Homemade Almond Flour

  1. Pour 1/2 cup almonds into a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times until they are finely ground. Do not let it grind for too long or the nuts will release too much of their oils and get pasty (which is what you would want if you were making almond butter.)
  2. Once the nuts are ground, pass them through a sifter.  Any larger pieces that didn't make it through can be ground up again.

*1/2 cup of almonds = a little more than 1/2 cup almond flour.  Any leftover flour can be eaten - I threw mine into a smoothie!

© Sally’s Baking Addiction. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

 

Related Recipes:

While my Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola doesn’t have just as many clusters, it is chock full of huge nuts, dried fruits, and a ton of peanut butter + jelly.  This is by far, my FAVORITE  homemade granola.

 

With its giant dried apple pieces, crunchy pecans and loads of cinnamon, my Apple Cinnamon Granola is an easy favorite of mine.  I love cinnamon and apples together!

 

If you like the maple flavor of the clusters from today, you will FLIP for my Maple Pecan Pie Granola.  Seriously…. tastes like pie… and is healthy…and vegan…and has a SUPER short ingredient list.  Love that!

Vegan Maple Pecan Pie Granola

   

42 Responses to “Maple Almond Granola Clusters.”

  1. #
    1
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chefposted May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    i love the clusters the best too! did you know trader joes makes a granola cereal “just the clusters”? it’s pretty good, but i’m pretty sure homemade is better!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Sarah, I didn’t know that! I will have to take a trip to TJs and find it!

      Reply

  2. #
    2
    Cassieposted May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    LOVE granola. These look amazing. love the flavors you chose too!

    Reply

  3. #
    3
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I love big chunky hunks…I love it when it sticks together and you get those big pieces. This looks awesome!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      So do I! the big chunks are my fav!

      Reply

  4. #
    4
    Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

    ahh, i totally know what you mean! i’m HUGE (haha no pun intended) with the large chunks. they go first and they’re always the ones i snatch up. the small ones just don’t do it for me…although, i love granola in any and everything, especially greek yogurt and atop some parfaits!! mmm this looks and sounds so good!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      the clusters are always the first to go when i’m eating granola too Julie! lol I always leave the crumby ones til the end.

      Reply

  5. #
    5
    Shirley@bells-bakeryposted May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Gotta make this for my other half,he loves granola! Looks pretty damn good too!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks Shirley! My boyfriend loves the big clusters too, we loved this recipe!

      Reply

  6. #
    6
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted May 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    So awesomely delicious!

    Reply

  7. #
    7
    Hayleyposted May 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Okay, confession time: I have never made homemade granola because I’ve always been so stupidly intimidated by it. I don’t know why either! Just one of those scary things, like using the stair-master at the gym or swimsuit shopping. Gah! But this looks so EASY and I am SUCH a huge fan of the granola chunks and do the same top-off process, too, so this looks perfect for munching on anytime without the teeny little oats that straggle about in the bottom of the bag.

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on May 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      jump on the granola bandwagon Hayley! I am obsessed wiht homemade granola! It’s so easy. :)

      Reply

  8. #
    8
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted May 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I love the clusters the most too. I really need to try your method.

    Reply

  9. #
    9
    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted June 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my, look at those awesome chunks of granola! Mine always come out so crumby but these clusters are exactly what I need in my life!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on June 1st, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      I love the big clusters! the chunks are just the best. :)

      Reply

  10. #
    10
    cherposted June 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hey is it possible to substitute the almond flour for other kinds of flour and maple syrup for honey?

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on June 2nd, 2012 at 10:33 am

      I would substitute the 1/2 cup of almond flour for 1/4 cup whole wheat flour. You can always make your own almond flour, which I did. Just grind almonds up in a food processor until they become a loose flour – and then sift it through a sifter to get rid of the larger chunks. And I am sure honey would be a good sub for maple syrup. Hope they turn out well! Thanks Cher.

      Reply

  11. #
    11
    Jolene @ Yummy Inspirationsposted June 5, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I love Granola – this looks delicious! Would love you to share this at Breakfast Ideas Monday – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/06/rhubarb-french-toast-breakfast-ideas.html

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on June 5th, 2012 at 5:34 am

      Jolene, Thanks for hosting! I just linked up. :)

      Reply

  12. #
    12
    Catalinaposted August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Oh yes please!!! I LOVE those big clusters of granola and they’re obviously the first ones to go into my mouth! Do you think I can susbtitute flaxseed meal or ehole wheat flour for almond meal? And applesauce for Canola oil?

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on August 31st, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Hey Catalina! I love the big clusters as well! Yes, you may sub whole wheat flour for the almond meal and apple sauce for the canola oil.

      Reply

  13. #
    13
    Catalinaposted September 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I made them yesterday and turned out great!!!! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on September 3rd, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      LOVE it Catalina!! I <3 these granola bites.. I should make them again soon!

      Reply

  14. #
    14
    Theresaposted October 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Catalina,

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm-azing.

    Sub: coconut butter (melted with everything else) for canola oil.

    Sub: 1/4 apple butter for 1/4 brown sugar.

    Tastes like a lovely fall day.

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2012 at 6:29 am

      Love your suggestions! Thanks so much Theresa!!

      Reply

  15. #
    15
    mposted February 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I made this with 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour instead of almond flour, honey instead of maple syrup, and reduced the sugar and oil just a smidge. As I was stirring it, it looked dry rather than sticky so I decided just to make regular granola rather than try to make clusters. I just put it all in a sheet pan and stirred it around every 10 minutes for 45-50 min. It was delicious! But next time, I want to make this for real (with the almond flour and maple syrup) and have those deeelicious crunchy clusters!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on February 28th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      well, that does sound like darn good granola! I’d love to make your version sometime. Let me know how the clusters go if you make them!

      Reply

  16. #
    16
    Kimberlyposted April 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I loved this recipe and am sharing it with my readers on my Healthy Eats Friday post. I’ve referenced the link to your recipe and cited it as my inspiration. You have such a great set of recipes and I can’t wait to try them all.

    Kimberly

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      How perfect! I can’t wait to read about them. Thanks Kimberly!

      Reply

  17. #
    17
    Christina S.posted September 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Hi sally!

    I am making this for a friend to send to for her birthday and I was just wondering about how long do you think this would last? I am so excited to make this recipe!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on September 29th, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Hi Christina! The clusters would taste fresh for about 1 week. So nice of you to send!

      Reply

  18. #
    18
    Nimai Larsonposted January 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve been trying to find a good granola recipe…this sounds amazing! Thanks much for sharing…all of your recipes are inspiring :)

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on January 3rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Hope you try these, Nimai!

      Reply

  19. #
    19
    Annaposted February 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Wow this granola is delicious!
    I usually make your Apple cinnamon granola and i love it but today I wanted to try something different and found this recipe.
    I couldn’t stop eating it! each time i passed the pan with the cooling granalo in it i had to eat a piece ;D Its definitely so much better than storebought!

    Reply

  20. #
    20
    AngieTposted February 19, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Hi Sally, I really want to make this recipe but almonds are really expensive in Kenya, is it possible to replace the almond flour with more wheat flour so that the recipe uses 3/4 cups of wheat flour total or will the recipe just fall apart? Oh- could I use another nut for the flour? Like cashew or peanut? Sorry about the endless questioning!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on February 19th, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Hi Angie! You could use homemade peanut flour instead. I feel using all whole wheat flour would make the clusters tasteless and hard as a rock.

      Reply

      • Angel T.replied on February 22nd, 2014 at 12:44 am

        Oh my freaking gosh, THESE WERE AMAZING!! I actually used cashew flour and reduced the sugar a bit and they were…heavenly!! Awesome recipe Sally!

  21. #
    21
    Ayseposted April 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    that looks really great! And I want to make it, too! But can I also use Honey instead of maple syrup?

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on April 4th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      That would be fine, Ayse. Enjoy!

      Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Strawberry Ginger Powerhouse Granola | whole food hungry

  2. Pingback: Vegan Maple Almond Granola « Northwest Bakestress

  3. Pingback: oatmeal raisin cookie granola.

Leave a Comment