Cereal “Clusters” Recipe – Grain Free Vanilla Nut Granola

You’ve searched the Googles for “cereal clusters recipe” and here you are. Or, you are a loyal reader and you’ve eaten a bowl of cereal and wished it had more of those honey-nut-vanilla clusters. Either way, you are in for a treat!

Cereal Clusters Recipe - bowl with blueberries and milk - Grain Free vanilla granola This vanilla nut granola became labeled as the “clusters-from-the-box” by my son. Just this week he took a container full as a “snack” to Disney.

Here is the kicker: he doesn’t like nuts! How crazy is that?! Nuts! Yup. As far as he knows, these are cereal clusters and not nuts. My husband and his sister tried to tell him that these were nuts and he said: “These are not nuts. I don’t like nuts.” Can you believe that?

Cereal Clusters Recipe - bowl with blueberries - Paleo Grain Free vanilla granola

As far as I know… this is ONLY nuts! I eat them over my bowl of strawberries and cream or in a bowl with milk instead of cereal. Since going grain free, I  miss the occasional “crunch” from a bowl of cereal… but these are delicious and satisfying.

what is there not to love?

Of course, I’m not the only fan… Baby G also is. They are perfectly sweet and delicious with the right amount of crunch. This isn’t like every other granola recipe out there… once you make this you’ll be a convert for life!

Cereal Clusters Recipe - bowl with blueberries - Paleo Grain Free vanilla granola Instead of having some fruit topping my cereal, I know top my fruit with my “cereal.” I like this a lot better. Wether you serve this with blueberries or strawberries, the delicious factor is all there.

Cereal Clusters Recipe - bowl with blueberries - Paleo Grain Free vanilla granola

I can’t take all the credit for this recipe. I used this recipe from Against all Grain’s cookbook and changed it to my desired sweetness and nut preference (I found hers to be delicious but a little too sweet and I like my nut mix a little different). Thank you Danielle for having awesome recipes I can build on!

Cereal Clusters Recipe - bowl with blueberries - Paleo Grain Free vanilla granola

5.0 from 2 reviews

Vanilla Nut Granola Recipe – The “clusters” in your cereal
 
Adapted from Agains all Grain
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 
1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup cashews*
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup honey or pure maple syrup, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 
3/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus 1 teaspoon for soaking water)
Optional add ins (up to 1 cup):
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 
1/2 cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
The day before:
  1. In a large bowl, place all nuts plus 1 teaspoon of salt, fully cover with water and set aside. Soak 12hours (overnight), changing the water once before baking, about halfway through.
The day of:
  1. Drain your nuts into a colander, and give them a rinse. Place them on a few layers or paper towels or kitchen towels to absorb remaining water.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200F.
  3. Place your nuts in the bowl of your food processor, pulsing a few times to chop them into small pieces. If you turn on your food processor and let the nuts go!, you’ll have nut flour. Pulse until you have them chopped into small pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, add coconut oil, cinnamon, honey or maple syrup, vanilla, sea salt. Stir to combine.
  5. Place finely chopped nuts into your bowl, add ground flax, and mix well using a spatula until everything is covered in cinnamon vanilla goodness. Add unsweetened coconut now (if using) and stir to combine.
  6. Next, spread nutty mix onto two lined (with parchment or silicone mats) baking trays. Place in preheated oven and swap the trays every hour, mixing the nuts around to get nuts evenly dehydrated. If you put all of your nuts into one tray, expect dehydrating time to take 45min-1hour longer.
  7. After 3hours of dehydrating/baking, remove from oven, check your crunch level and either place in there for another 30 minutes or remove. The nuts need to be fully dehydrated and they will also crunch as they cool. Once you are happy with your crunch level, remove from oven.
  8. If you want to add dried fruit, this is the time. Stir in dried fruit of choice, then let cool completely before storing in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
Notes
Note regarding nuts: any nut combination will work. More pecans, no pecans, more almonds, less almonds, no cashews… whatever you have in your pantry. Make sure you measure between 3½ – 4 cups of nuts total.

 

Comments

  1. Marie says

    I’m assuming the cranberries are dried cranberries? You might want to note that…

    Also, there’s an asterick after the cashews, but I don’t see anywhere that the astrerick is explained? Unless that’s your note about the nut mix.

    Anyway – that’s for the recipe! I’m due in a couple weeks and this would be a great “pantry” item to have on hand for some quick and easy, highly nutritous, food.

    Oh, one last thing – have you ever tried it in the dehydrator rather than the oven? Your “dehydrating/baking” phrase made me think of that.

    • Laura Fuentes says

      Hi Marie! thanks for the notes. Yes, the cranberries are dried (i made a note, thanks!). the Cashews * is addressed in the notes section. Most people don’t keep cashews in their pantry…unlike me! yes, I’ve tried it in the dehydrator. Divide your nuts in a few trays (2-3 for mine) lined with parchment paper (so the nuts don’t fall) and dehydrate for 24-26 hours in the nuts/granola setting.

    • Laura Fuentes says

      Hi Renita! Thank you for catching that. I’ve corrected the recipe. You soak them overnight and change the water once. I usually soak them sometime in the afternoon, change the water before I go to bed and bake them in the morning.

      • Elizabeth says

        Thanks I’m skeptical if I can make it right but will try! I’m new to baking.
        I made the zesty pasta bake tonight for my family. Everyone loved it! I added a little spinach. And had steamed broccoli as a side. Yum!

        • Laura Fuentes says

          Adding spinach is such a great idea!! ok, this recipe is practically fool proof. just keep an eye on it. and yes, soaking the nuts is essential. :) Enjoy!

  2. says

    Would you have an approximate calorie count & recommended serving size?
    As a diabetic with Celiac & chronic knee & back pain, I have to be really careful. I have a lot of weight to lose besides.
    Thanks! I love your suggestions and ideas!

    • Laura Fuentes says

      Hi Cyn, these are not low calorie. The nuts don’t have high carbohydrate count but the sweet glaze that makes them into clusters does. I would cut the sweeteners in half for you and then plug all ingredients into one of those websites that calculate them.

  3. says

    Thank you for your quick reply & for the plethora of info you provide. I mix raw local honey with cinnamon in a therapeutic ratio, 1t of cinnamon to 1T of honey. This is beneficial for diabetics & does not mess with my blood sugars in a negative way. I will try using that with this recipe.
    I heat the honey, then add in the cinnamon until smooth, then pour into a jar. It’s also the only way I can drink green tea(don’t care for it plain)
    Thanks again for your information! Have a blessed Resurrection celebration!

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