Making Healthy quick snacks for me and the kids has been on my mind lately. With three kids, ages 5 and younger, I need to prepare for the time of the day when I don’t know when I’ll be able to cook something in the kitchen. Well I can do this but Curious George usually ends before I’m done or baby Tia usually has eaten a fair share of dried peas that have fallen on the floor left over from her breakfast. While on a Google search rampage for tasty snack ideas I found this recipe very inspiring. I did my thing and made it less calories (so I wont feel guilty) and with less sugar (for the kids) and I will tell you this, this Chunky Cinnamon granola Recipe is quite addicting. Its a little bit chewy with the right about of crunchy. Both of which I was looking for. I thought I was only going to have a handful sprinkled on top of my morning Greek yogurt, which really turned into two maybe three. 🙂
Thing’s you’ll need:
9 x 13 baking dish line with parchment paper (a cookie sheet doesn’t work. The edges will burn)
Recipe: Chunky Cinnamon Granola Clusters
1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds (very important to have sliced)
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of old fashion oat meal
1/3 (+ 2 tbsp of pure maple syrup for sweet, optional)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 egg white
Open your oven and make sure you have a rack in the center and on the top.
Preheat the oven to 375.
line the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper.
In a small bowl wisk 1 egg white until its some what frothy.
In a large mixing bowl add the frothed egg white, maple syrup, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla and mix until combined.
next, add the sliced almonds, shredded coconut and old fashion oats and mix until all the dry ingredients are covered in the liquid mix evenly.
transfer the mixture to your baking dish. With a spoon spread and gently press the mixture out evenly.
Place in the oven on the middle rack for 18 minutes.
next, place the mixture on the top rack of the oven for 5 minutes, or until golden on top. Keep an eye on it here. Every oven is different. Pull out of the oven when the mixture is golden on top.
Let cool for 15 minutes and then start to break apart to the size you want you clusters to be. If your like me you’ll need this note, resist touching or mixing with a spoon. Wait until it is set before breaking apart.
store in a airtight container in the fridge.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20- 25
Number of servings (yield): 12