imheatherr Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters Recipe: 30 minute, gluten free, vegan, healthy, weight watchers friendly and super easy!
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Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters in 30 minutes (rice cakes and oats!)

This quarantine-friendly granola recipe tastes just like caramel popcorn you won’t believe it’s good for you! 4 ingredients, naturally sweetened, and just 134 calories per serving. Enjoy with some yogurt and fresh fruits… or if you’re like me, straight out of the jar! 😂

{Low Fat, Low Calorie, Vegan, Small Batch, 4 ingredient, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

Hi guys!

How’s everyone’s coping with during this period of self-quarantining? As the coronavirus first broke out in China, the situation in Beijing has improved but it breaks my heart to see the rest of the world plunged into chaos… especially those sharing the same supermarket as panic-buyers 🙄(why the obsession with toilet paper?! why!?!?)

During the first month of quarantine, our family didn’t leave the house unless we had to… and when we did, you bet we stocked up like crazy. Most of our groceries consisted of canned beans, canned sardines, frozen meats and veggies, and plenty of thick-skinned fruits like bananas (for making these 90 Calorie Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread of course!) and oranges. However, Mom never bought granola on her grocery runs because it took up too much space 🙁

She did, however, allow oat muesli, so I made my own Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters! They’re just as crunchy and flavorful as the store-bought ones but contain none of the high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars like regular store-bought granola 🙂

This is also a super forgiving recipe, so you have no excuse not to whip up a batch! I’ve compiled a list of substitutions just in case:

imheatherr Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters Recipe: 30 minute, gluten free, vegan, healthy, weight watchers friendly and super easy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • honey— OR agave OR syrup of choice (for a lower calorie option, try Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup)
  • coconut oil— OR melted butter OR any oil you like!
  • muesli — plain rolled/ old fashioned/ quick/ instant oat flakes work great too
  • rice cakes — OR puffed/popped rice OR corn cakes
  • optional flakey salt to taste
  • optional raisins and chopped/slivered nuts which I’d 110% recommend

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

imheatherr Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters Recipe: 30 minute, gluten free, vegan, healthy, weight watchers friendly and super easy!

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*Full macros and nutrient info beneath directions!*

Yield: 8 servings (42g)

Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters

Skinny Caramel Granola Clusters
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 - 5 rice cakes*
  • 1 cup muesli*
  • ¾ oats/ oat flour*
  • ¼ tsp salt*
  • 5 tbsp honey*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil*

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C or 350°F
  2. In a large bowl, break the rice cakes into popcorn-sized pieces. Add in 1 cup of muesli and salt.
  3. Pulse/process ¾ cup of oats into coarse flour and mix into the large bowl. Oat flour will work fine 🙂
  4. Now would be a great time to add your optional mix-ins!
  5. Coat the dry ingredients with your remaining wet ingredients: honey and oil. It'll be a bit sticky but that's okay!
  6. Pour everything onto a lined baking tray and bake for 16 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through (especially if you've added dried fruits!)
  7. Let cool for 10 or more minutes so the granola can harden up. You can store these up to 10 days but mine disappeared within 2 days 🤪

Notes

*see above for substitutes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

42g

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134 Total Fat: 4.2g Saturated Fat: 3.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 75mg Carbohydrates: 22.8g Fiber: 1.3g Sugar: 10.9g Protein: 2.2g

Happy baking! 🥰
Heather

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