I’m not one to waste food if I can help it, so when I had some pistachios and cranberries left after making my Cranberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bark, I knew I had to find something to make with them. Today I bring you Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters.
I love granola oat clusters, but a lot of the ones sold in the shops here contain almonds or hazelnuts, both of which I’m not a big fan of. What better way to use up my leftover pistachios and dried cranberries than to make my own granola? But not just granola as is. Granola clusters. Granola on its own needs to be served with yoghurt or something similar. Granola clusters, on the other hand, can be eaten by the handful as is. They’re the perfect snack food!
These granola clusters have a great cinnamon-honey flavour, are perfectly crunchy and taste great on their own, or served over yoghurt. The dried cranberries and pistachios add extra flavour and texture and are now one of my favourite combinations, but they can be substituted with anything that takes your fancy really. You can even leave all the add-ins out and just have plain cinnamon and honey granola clusters. Whatever floats your boat.
I’ve now made these granola clusters twice in the last week, that’s how quickly I’ve gone through them. All I can say is that at least they’re a bit healthier than eating chocolate or a bag of chips!
Cranberry and Pistachio Granola Clusters
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
3 cups rolled oats
3 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup of honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pistachios
¼ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
- Add rolled oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon to a large bowl. Stir well to incorporate. Add pistachios and dried cranberries and stir to mix in.
- In a separate small bowl, add vegetable oil, honey and vanilla extract. Stir really well for 2-3 minutes, until mixture looks a bit crystallised and oil and honey are completely combined. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and use a wooden spoon or your hands to coat oats thoroughly.
- Pour half the mixture onto each baking tray and use a spatula to press flat onto the tray, keeping it as one large piece of granola. Bake for 45-50 minutes (mixture will still feel soft), stirring every 15 minutes and pressing flat again. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then break into small clusters. Allow to cool fully then store in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Magpie.