Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola, Clusters, or Bars

IMG_2105.JPG Last week I tried some granola that was simply amazing. The brand is Love Grown Foods, flavor was called Sweet Cranberry Pecan. It also happened to be gluten free, which is a plus for all those gluten free people out there. My mission? Recreate that goodness! I used my Maple Pecan Granola recipe for proportion’s sake and just substituted the ingredients for those found in Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola clusters. I did add some hemp hearts because I had them on hand and wanted to use them. I also used pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds… just because :) The final result? My husband thought it was more of that amazing store bought granola! I will definitely be making this Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola clusters recipe often. It’s the best homemade granola recipe I’ve tried, IMHO.

    Makes 9 cups

Dry Ingredients
3.5 cups gluten free oats
1.5 cups raw pecan halves, broken in half
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp freshly ground sea salt

Liquid ingredients
3/4 cup organic brown rice syrup
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp safflower oil
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp butter extract (optional but if you like healthy baking I highly recommend picking some up–a great way to add some butter flavor when not using butter!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a rimmed cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. In a large bowl mix together well the dry ingredients. Mix the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and stir until coated evenly.

For clusters or bars:
Press mixture firmly & evenly onto sheet. For bars, bake 15-20 mins depending on how chewy/crispy you like it, then remove and cool. For clusters, bake 20 mins then flip the batch over by breaking into very large portions. Bake an additional 5 mins, cool, and break into clusters. Store in an air tight container.

For granola:
Spread mixture onto sheet and bake for 10 mins. Stir mixture around then bake for another 10. Cool and store in an air tight container.


One Response to Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola, Clusters, or Bars

  1. Pingback: Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Gluten Free Granola Bars | Gingergram

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