Granola Clusters

Method

  1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees. In a food processor, or blender, grind half the oats to a fine powder.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole oats, ground oats, nuts, spices, and dried fruit.
  3. In a saucepan over a medium heat, combine the brown sugar, honey, butter, maple syrup and water and heat the mixture until the mixture starts to bubble. Stir in the salt and vanilla.
  4. Pour this over the oats and nuts, stirring well to coat.
  5. It should be moist, stir in another tablespoon or two of water if it isn’t. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.
  6. Spread the mixture out on a large baking sheet and firmly press down until it is packed nicely in to the pan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool, then gently break up the mixture in to medium sized clumps. Now put back into the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  8. When the granola come out it should be nice and golden brown, extra crunchy on the outside and just slightly soft and chewy on the inside. Let it cool completely then break it up into clusters and store in a covered container at room temperature.

Ingredients

500g quick oats.
2 cups coarsely chopped, whole, roasted almonds.
1 cup sunflower seeds.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
1 cup raisins.
1 cup dried cranberries.
1 cup packed brown sugar.
½ cup, honey.
1 cup butter.
½ cup maple syrup.
1/3 cup water.
½ teaspoon salt.
2 teaspoons vanilla essence.

Recipe by:
One Good Thing