Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters

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Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters

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Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

My little guy is not a morning person. Oh he will wake up perfectly fine, get himself dressed, maybe watch a short video on the Kindle with his brother or play with some Legos. But the second he hits the landing near the bottom of the stairs, it’s like an evil being from another dimension inhabits his body. And it all starts with breakfast.

*insert whiny voice here*

“I don’t like yogurt.” (Dude, you like yogurt, especially with blueberries in it.)

“I want cereal with milk.” (You’ll have cereal with milk as a snack at school, so you are having something else for breakfast at home.)

“No, I need some of that cereal and some of that cereal.” (Fine, you can have two kinds of cereal.)

“No, I want some cereal on the side of my yogurt.” (I’m OK with that as long as you eat your yogurt.)

“No banana in my cereal!” (OK, you can have the whole banana.)

“Open my banana!” (Dude, you know how to open the banana.)

“NO BANANAS!” (You like bananas.)

“Where’s my spoon?” (You like to pick out your own spoon.)

“I don’t want that spoon.” (See!)

Meltdown ensues.

You guys, every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Luckily this isn’t my first rodeo. I understand threenager antics, so I move on to giving breakfast to The Bug who is happy any time of day, as long as there is food involved. Eventually he decides to shed the mini dictator persona, grabs his breakfast and spoon, and joins us at the table.

Well, unless I’ve given him the wrong color cup.

Luckily there’s one thing that’ll usually convince him to eat his yogurt…

Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

My boys love huge pieces or crunchy and sweet granola on top of their yogurt or mixed into their cereal. Heck, they love just grabbing some to snack on. They have been digging into a bag that a company sent to me, but I thought it would be simple enough to make something they would enjoy just as much, but with a little less sugar and some more healthy goodness like chia seeds and flax. So I whipped up this Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters recipe. Yes, there’s some straight up brown sugar in there, but not a ton, and they don’t eat giant bowls of this at once, so I’m okay with that. And it’s super simple – mix the wet stuff, mix the dry stuff, and combine it all. Then just press it into an even layer, bake, and cool, but make sure you don’t break it up till it’s at room temperatures. Yes, some of it will flake into smaller crumbs, but this is how yo ensure that you get the giant pieces of crisp granola clusters that my boys go nuts for.

Just look at those big chunks!

Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters

An easy recipe that's great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats certified gluten free, if necessary
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or other neutral flavored oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, flax seeds, and chia seeds.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, egg white, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.
  • Spread the mixture evenly on the parchment-lined baking sheet and press flat.
  • Bake at 300°F for 40-45 minutes or until edges start to brown. Do not stir while baking or cooling. Remove from oven and let granola cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Break granola into clusters.
  • Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 105mg4%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy this Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters recipe!

Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

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Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Maple Brown Sugar Granola Clusters - this easy granola recipe is great for breakfast or a healthy snack as a crunchy topping for your yogurt! Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. | cupcakesandkalechips.com

 

19 Comments
    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Nicole, I’m hesitant to say yes. I’ve never tried making these granola clusters without the egg white. It’s binding the ingredients together. You might want to take a look at my recipe for Nutty Maple Granola. The flavors are very similar, but it doesn’t require the egg white.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Irene. I’m sorry, but I don’t know the calorie count for the granola clusters. However, many people use the free nutritional calculator at MyFitnessPal.com, so perhaps you can use it to help you.

  1. I always swipe the clumps from the granola so these are amazing! While I can imagine the troubles with your son are frustrating now, I bet years and year from now, you’ll laugh at the memories.

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