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Granola Clusters



Recipe Info


Difficulty: Easy
Mess Level: Low
Yield: 18 Servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min

Ingredients


  • 6 Cups Oats (any kind except steel-cut)
  • 2 Cups Raw Almonds
  • 1 Cup White Quinoa
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ Cup Grapeseed or Canola Oil

Directions


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the almonds in a Ziploc bag and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to break them up. You want big pieces, don’t turn them into powder. You may also chop the almonds or use slivered or sliced.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats and almonds.
  4. In a heatproof container, combine the honey and molasses. Microwave it for about 15 seconds or until runny. Add the vanilla, salt, and oil and mix until combined.
  5. Pour over the almond and oat mixture and toss to thoroughly coat everything.
  6. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly to get rid of saponin and allow it to drain.
  7. Meanwhile, put the egg whites into a wide bowl. Use a whisk to vigorously beat them until they are very foamy.
  8. Add the quinoa to the egg whites and stir to combine, most of the quinoa should stay suspended in the egg whites.
  9. Add the quinoa-egg white mixture to the granola and stir until it is entirely combined.
  10. Spread the granola in a thin layer onto a sheet pan and pack it down with your hands or a spatula, think as if you’re making a granola cake and use two sheet pans if necessary to fit all the granola.
  11. Roast the granola for 20 minutes (if using two pans, switch their places in the oven after 10 minutes).
  12. Check the granola on the bottom, you want it lightly browned. When it is browned begin to flip the granola in large chunks to keep the clusters from breaking apart.
  13. Roast the granola for another 15-25 minutes depending on how dark you want it.
  14. The clusters will be slightly chewy when they come out of the oven, allow the granola to cool completely and they will harden.
  15. When the granola is cooled completely, store in a mason jar or sealed container for up to three weeks. Enjoy!

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Ramblings of a Line Cook

How DO you get those delicious, chunky, hunks of goodness in your granola? My sister actually called me last week asking about this very thing and it’s such an easy trick, really you just need to add some beaten egg whites and instead of stirring the granola while it roasts, just flip it halfway through the cooking time.

Lately, I feel like you’ve been eating nothing but bread and cheese with the occasional piece of chicken or an egg thrown in there. While bread and cheese are an integral part of my life’s enjoyment, lately I feel lethargic and desperate for anything with vitamins. I’ve been guzzling orange juice out of the carton, chewing on spinach like a rabbit and in general just feeling like I ought to have a little more nourishment in my life.

Something about the spring weather I think, it is invigorating and makes you want to do things like scrub the floorboards, get outside and drink those weird, green smoothies that pop up all over Instagram. Has anyone ever felt full after one of those things? I’d like to know.. Because while I might enjoy one for a burst of nutrients you’d best believe in the next hour I will also eat half a box of Cheez Itz and two snickers and then be checking the fridge for lunch.

So to the bulk bin section of the grocery store I went and began bagging up anything that looked healthy and like it might be good in granola, while also being under $10.99/lb. The fun thing about clusters is that you can get those little annoying items like quinoa and chia seeds to stay put. Just mix them into your frothy egg whites and those suckers are literally stuck like glue.

This particular recipe is pretty light on the sweetener and high on the protein and fiber spectrum. But if you haven’t been eating pounds of bread and cheese for three weeks straight than feel free to add a few extra Tablespoons of sweetener and maybe mix in some shredded coconut! Heck, grab yourself some dried cranberries and plenty of fresh fruit or dark chocolate to top it with. Whatever your needs are, this granola is here to deliver.

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