Cinnamon Honey Granola Clusters

It was so nice having a three day weekend last weekend.  I feel just that extra day makes all the difference.  I’ve been trying to make granola clusters forever.  While Nicole’s granola is still delicious, it didn’t clump together as much as I wanted.  While I don’t mind “loose” granola for parfaits, sometimes I just like to snack on it, and it makes it difficult if it’s too crumbly.

Thanks again to Pinterest – I found inspiration in this recipe.   The word “cluster” grabbed my eye immediately.  I changed the recipe quite a bit from hers, but what I didn’t stray away from is the fact that I never stirred the granola while baking.  Almost all the granola recipes specify to stir every 10 minutes or so during baking – I inadvertently was breaking up the clusters I so desperately wanted!

Cinnamon Honey Granola Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey (I used sugar free)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of flax seeds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 3 cups oats

Heat oven to 325.  Put the honey and brown sugar in a microwave safe dish (I used my glass measuring cup) and heat for 1 minute, or until the brown sugar dissolves into the honey.  Let cool slightly. 

In a large bowl, put remaining ingredients in, pour the olive oil over the mixture, then add the honey/brown sugar mixture.  At this point, I just use my hands, you want to make sure every oat and nut is covered in the “glue.”

Bake for 30 minutes.  Do not stir.  Remove from the oven and cool completely.  I ended up with a sheet of granola, and then could break up the pieces any way I wanted to.  #winning!

I found this honey at Walmart – honey is so expensive!  This bottle cost me only $3.29.  While it has the same calories as regular honey, it’s about half the price!

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I gave half the batch to my Mom to take home with her.  These are so good.  I need to make another batch soon.

After a long weekend of not really paying too much attention to what I was eating, I started the morning off with a Chobani banana smoothie – with 1 container of Chobani banana, 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 cup frozen mixed fruit, 1 tablespoon mixed nuts, 1 cup of spinach.  I was low on spinach, so it doesn’t look that pretty, but it tasted delicious!
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I hadn’t worked out since last Wednesday!  WTF!  So it was time to get busy.  I was actually surprised how good my 5k run went – not a bad time either!  So close to under 37 minutes!

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My boss is back from spring break.  She went to South Carolina and brought me back some mustard/vinegar bbq sauce – cannot wait to make pulled pork with this stuff.  Have you ever heard of Maurice’s?  She said its pretty famous.

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She did tell me that she missed my food, which was nice!  Thinking that she likely indulged while on vacation, I ended up making us a lean roast beef and spinach low carb tortilla sandwich on the panini, with fresh veggies, fruit , pickled asparagus and hummus.  She ate every bite!

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Our grocery store sells marinated flank steak in the butcher counter.  While Tony and I would love to try their other marinated meats, they are all chock full of onions. Sad smile

It was only 38 degrees, but I grilled up the flank steak and made tacos – mine had two corn tortillas, 3 ounces of meat, 1/4 cup of refried beans between the two tacos, some sautéed red peppers and lots of hot sauce.

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Best part?  I didn’t snack after dinner!  My stats for the day:

  • 1367 calories, 35 fat, 153 carbs, 33 fiber, 83 protein
  • 44% of calories from carbs
  • 35% of calories from fat
  • 21% of calories from protein
  • total 45 minutes on treadmill, included 37:14 5k

I have a plan for April, but I am not going to write about it.  It seems I set myself up for failure by declaring something, then if I mess up I just take two steps back.  I will tell you that I joined a group through FatSecret to track my food for the month.  It’s been too long since I’ve done that on a consistent basis.

Alright, off to make some Chobani banana granola pancakes for breakfast – my other boss is back from Spring Break too and I am on breakfast duty this morning. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

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50 thoughts on “Cinnamon Honey Granola Clusters

  1. You are such an inspiration! It’s been a long time since I’ve made a granola mix or bars…I need to do it since hiking season is upon us!

  2. I would miss your food too! The clusters look great. Sugar free honey? I’m confused by this….What is it made of? The banana chobani is my new fav! Your lunch is so colorful!

  3. Hey Biz! God I miss you so much! I’ve been MIA from the blog world for a while – as you know. Thank you for checking in. It means a lot!

    I’ve been on a granola kick lately, but have only done PB granola….danger! 😀 I have my Cousin’s hooked on it that they make it ALL the time now. I’m TOTALLY looking forward to trying this granola. Love the color & big clusters!

    BIG congrats on not snacking after dinner!

  4. I like to snack on granola clusters, too – this is the precise reason why I do not make granola! =P You must have more restraint than I.

    How does the sugar-free honey taste? How would you compare it to regular honey?

  5. How can there be sugar-free honey?!? I’m so curious what the ingredients are. What a crazy find!

  6. I used to live 10 miles from the South Carolina border and worked at a restaurant who was filled with Northerners. They loved Maurice’s BBQ Sauce but it was hard to describe to the customers since I didn’t eat pork, enjoy!

    • You lived there and didn’t eat any pork? What??!! I loves me some pulled pork sammies. My grandpa was born in Eastern North Carolina, which is why I grew up with a mustard/vinegar based bbq sauce.

  7. I LOVE flank steak tacos – we always make ours with homemade roasted tomato salsa, it’s to die for!

  8. ok…I can’t seem to wrap my head around sugar free honey. What the heck is it made from? Honey is expensive. I tend to buy it in bulk from costco. Save me some $$. I really like agave in place of honey these days though.

    • Renee, it tastes just like it, although the first ingredient is Maltitol syrup and the other ingredient is sorbitol. Some people can’t tolerate those artificial sweeteners, but I didn’t have a problem with it. 😀

  9. I just realized that I hadn’t seen any Biz since last week when I moved my feeds from Google Reader to NewBlur! OH NO! Glad I figured that out and you’re back in my life!

  10. That granola looks really good. I should try to make my own one day =) Kudos on getting back on track!

  11. Holy crap…who knew there was sugar free honey! When I read that before the picture, I thought it must be a typo! I’m gonna google it after this comment and check out the stats. If I’d seen that, I’d have steered clear but wondered. Thanks for doing the research!

  12. Weighting For 50

    Sugar free honey? I wondered if that was an april fool joke! 🙂 Glad you had a great Easter, love the pic from yesterday with your mom. Have a great Tuesday.

  13. That granola sounds delicious!!!
    And great job on the 5k! I always love my “first run back” – it always feels great!

  14. Biz, you had such a great day! I loved the look of the granola clusters. And most definitely they are the best part! But I need to know what is artificial honey and how did it taste? That’s a new one for me!

  15. That granola looks amazing! Awesome job on the 5k too 🙂

  16. andreaswellnessnotes

    The granola clusters sound good! Hubby loves granola, but I hardly ever make it…. I should change that… 🙂

  17. I like granola in clusters too, I’m glad you found this recipe 🙂 I can see why your boss missed your food! Great job on the 5k!

  18. I haven’t heard of Maurices, but it looks like something I’d love. Mustard is one of my favorite things and I have never tried a mustard based BBQ sauce. Good luck with your April plan whatever it may be!

  19. Yummy, that takes my recipe and kicks it up a notch. Can’t wait to incorporate this into mine. Good pst my friend!

  20. Also, u can get all those ingredients cheap cheap at Aldi’s. I buy all that stuff there.

  21. Have you tried Agave? Its better than honey for diabetics. Low glycemic.

  22. I do think that is the key Biz – not stirring the granola while baking! I need to try that. And just seeing your salsa on that plate is getting me craving it!!!

    • Tony is trying to talk me into selling it – I told him how successful you were when you made it for your farmers market a couple years ago!

  23. oh those granola clusters look so good! perfect for when i have the munchies (which is always).

    great time on the 5K. i signed to run one at the end of the month and i’ve never been so unprepared. i really need to start training!

    • I think I am going to sign up for a 5k near my house – its May 11th – hopefully by then I can run under 35 minutes. Good luck Teresa!

  24. Sugar free honey?! I just don’t think I could do it…it seems so…wrong. I agree the real stuff is expensive, but that just means I savour it even more 🙂

  25. I’m like you, usually when I tell my plans they fail. The only thing I am open about is my planned half marathon. I need to keep talking about that in order to do it 🙂

  26. […] ended up making a batch of my granola clusters for my one boss.   Then I decided to try out making a macaroni and cheese with […]

  27. […] so I wanted a light breakfast.  Plain Chobani yogurt, strawberries and bananas, with my homemade granola.  This is the loose stuff that’s left over from my granola clusters, which is perfect in a […]

  28. I have a question about serving size of the granola. What do you use and how many calories to you count them as?

    • It’s so hard to figure out the calories of granola, especially with clusters like that. But I roughly count 1/2 a cup (about the size that fits in my palm) around 200 calories. While granola is good for you, it is pretty high in calories. 😀

      Hope that helps! 😀

  29. The granola sounds delicious! and I have such a hard time not snacking after dinner, so definitely good work on that 🙂 Your chobani banana granola pancakes sound to die for! Do you have a recipe for them??? Thanks!

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