Peanut Butter Clusters

Delicious peanut-buttery clusters packed full of goodness including healthy fats and fibre to set you up for the day. These are Vegan friendly and can be gluten free if required.

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I think I may have found my new guilty pleasure! I’ve always loved oaty clusters for as long as I can remember, but before I got into clean healthy eating I thought the type you bought at the supermarket were good for you, but now I am slightly more educated, I realise these aren’t good for you and are particularly high in fat and sugar. My particular favourite were maple and pecan clusters which I always use to make sure I had a supply of either just to snack on as they were or for my breakfast cereal. Those days are gone and although I really do miss those clusters, I now much prefer to make my own and know exactly what has gone into them. Thinking about that though, I really ought to create a healthy recipe to replicate those naughty sweet maple and pecan clusters. But for now I have created this recipe which has my favourite ingredients…peanut butter! I really don’t think you can go too far wrong with anything involving peanut butter.

These are amazing and cluster really well creating big chunks of peanut buttery oaty goodness! They are created using my cupboard staple ingredients which I always have to hand including chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, peanut butter and cocoa nibs plus almond milk and banana which I use in nearly all of my baking. This means these clusters are good for you and clumped together using wonderful natural ingredients and they are oil-free, sugar free, vegan and gluten-free too if you use certified gluten-free oats. I used cocoa nibs in these for added crunch and I like the taste with peanut butter, but if you don’t have these then you could use mini chocolate chips instead but just add these once the clusters have cooled otherwise they will melt.

I love to nibble at these clusters as a snack or a desert but they are perfect for your breakfast granola alongside some almond milk or yogurt with some fresh berries or added in the morning as a topper for your overnight smoothie giving it some extra crunch and substance. These make a large batch that will last you a few weeks in an air-tight container or you could store them in the freezer for longer term storage and thaw them when you want to tuck in. When baking these in the oven, as with any homemade granola you must make sure they are baked on a medium-low temperature (180C is good for these) so that the oats do not burn as burnt oats are a no-no and they also crisp up whilst they are cooling so be sure to avoid over-cooking!

I hope you love these clusters as much as I do and please leave me any comments and like and share my page on Instagram and Facebook 🙂 xo


Peanut Butter Clusters
 
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Recipe type: vegan, gluten free
Cuisine: breakfast, snack, dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats (gluten free if required)
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ - ½ cup cocoa nibs
  • ⅓ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Place oats on a parchment lined baking tray and pop in the oven until slightly toasted, approx. 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and mix in the flaxseeds and chia seeds. Set aside.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine the banana, nut butter, extract and milk until well mixed. Then stir through the cocoa nibs.
  5. Add the oats to the wet mixture and stir until well combined.
  6. Place the mixture back on the lined baking tray in a single layer and place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned and toasted.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool to crisp up before storing.
  8. Mix in dark chocolate chips, if required.

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