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Nutty Granola Clusters (oil-free)

Do you love the clustery parts of granola? If so, these are for you! They are yummy to snack on by themselves, or enjoy with milk, fruit, non-dairy yogurt, smoothie bowls, etc.  These delicious, crispy morsels contain buckwheat (or rolled oats if you don’t have buckwheat) as the second recipe in my buckwheat series! No need to cook buckwheat first, it’s pretty crispy and chewable as is.

Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

Although these clusters are calorie-dense, they are super nutrient-dense, too, from so many nuts and seeds. Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommends we have at least 1 – 2 ounces of nuts and seeds per day, and make half of your nut and seed intake those high in omega-3s (walnuts and flax, chia, and hemp seeds). The fats in nuts and seeds help you better absorb carotenoids from vegetables, so eat some vegetables with your nuts and seeds!

Here are some reasons why nuts are good for you:

  1. Heart Health: Nuts are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have been shown to be beneficial for heart health. Regular consumption of nuts has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and improved cholesterol levels.
  2. Protein and Fiber: Nuts are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, which are important nutrients for building and repairing tissues, and for maintaining healthy digestion. Fiber also helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied, which can aid in weight management.
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Nuts contain a variety of important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. These nutrients play important roles in many bodily functions, including maintaining healthy bones and muscles, regulating blood pressure, and supporting a healthy immune system.
  4. Antioxidants: Nuts are a rich source of antioxidants, which are important for protecting the body against oxidative stress and inflammation. Antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

While most granola recipes use oil, I use almond butter (and grind some of the almonds fine) to bind the ingredients together and make them crispy. Using nuts instead of oil adds fiber and reduces fat, while adding micronutrients that oils are stripped of.
Here are two other recipes you might be interested in:

My Favorite Basic Granola (lower fat, low sugar)

Cinnamon Ginger Buckwheat Bites

If you make these, please share on social media and tag me @faithful.plateful!

Nutty Granola Clusters
Total Time
45 mins
 

Crispy and nutrient-dense!

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Faithful Plateful
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats (or 1/2 cup more rolled oats)
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, dates, dried cranberries, apricots, etc)
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the almonds until fine. This helps it bind. Pour into a bowl.

    Pulse the remaining 1/2 cup almonds and the next 4 ingredients (walnuts, oats, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds) together until roughly chopped--not too fine. Add to the bowl.

  3. Stir in all remaining ingredients (buckwheat, dried fruit, coconut, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup and almond butter). If your almond butter is hard or clumpy, heat it gently first in the microwave until more runny. Mix until well-coated.

  4. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. Press it down into one big piece, about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and crispy. Let cool COMPLETELY before breaking apart, to get those crispy clusters!

  5. Enjoy on their own or with milk or non-dairy yogurt and fruit. Store in an air-tight bag or container for up to 5 days.

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