As a German I sure love my Muesli. So of course I was happy to find some in the grocery store even here on Bali.
But I figured, something that’s so good and healthy with milk or yogurt for breakfast can’t be too bad as a day-time snack either. Inspired by my friend Sarah from A Touch of Frosting I got the confidence that muesli is indeed very suitable for making granola. But not just granola, since I want it as a snack, but bite-sized (or 2 bites) granola clusters.
I picked an Apricot & Almond Muesli and next to dried apricot bits and slivered almonds there were also bran straws, sunflower seeds and coconut already in the mix. So I only added chocolate chips, raisins and cashew nuts to it.
Next, I started researching how I could get the granola to stick together in clusters. Some suggested an egg-white mixture but this didn’t sound too appealing to me. Finally Heather’s recipe from Multiply Delicious with honey and syrup to make the granola stick was just what I was looking for.
I didn’t have maple syrup, but pancake syrup (though not as healthy and natural) worked for me. But still, they didn’t turn out for me on the first batch and I learned a couple valuable lessons.
- There is probably a reason when a recipe calls for lining the baking sheet.
- You CANNOT go for a swim while the recipe that you are trying for the first time is baking in the oven. Especially not, if it is the gas oven you are unfamiliar with and have only used for a couple weeks.
The original recipe called for 35-40 minutes baking time, so I thought I could swim a few lanes and start checking at 25 min. Well, I came back to the kitchen to find these charcoal teeth-breakers (and spatula-breakers) in the oven. Oops…
The not-so-burnt tops could be used to sprinkle on my yogurt, but I actually broke the spatula when I tried to remove the burnt bottoms from the cookie sheet.
Still, I was determined to make these granola clusters work for me. I whipped up another batch (smaller, just in case), baked them in an aluminum baking tray (have no parchment at this place) and kept a close eye on them the whole time. At 15 minutes they were already golden and just right.
Drizzled with some white chocolate these granola bites were a crunchy, yummy and pretty healthy snack with my afternoon tea.
Recipe makes about 24 granola clusters.
- 2 cups muesli
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup raisins (or dried cranberries, blueberries)
- ¾ cup halved cashewnuts (or other seeds/nuts)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓ cup syrup (maple or pancake)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300F/150C.
- In a bowl mix together muesli, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and salt. Stir together honey, syrup, butter and vanilla in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until mixture is liquid (1-2 min)
- Pour honey mixture over muesli mix and stir to moisten (some of the chocolate chips will melt). Using a tablespoon place heaping mounts of muesli on a lined baking tray. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden (in my gas oven 15 min. were enough). Let cool fully before removing from baking tray.
- Melt a few white chocolate chips, add a little butter to make more liquid and drizzle over the cooled clusters.