{Gluten-Free} Coffee Granola Clusters

Happy Friday, friends!

Yesterday, I was in the kitchen hoping to make a cookie recipe I was brainstorming, but that’s going to have to wait. I ended up wanting to make granola clusters! But not just plain ole granola clusters. COFFEE granola clusters!

Yep, that’s right. Coffee flavored! I had some freshly ground up coffee and I thought to myself, “This would be perfect!”

So, with a little this and a little that, I had a recipe and I just needed it to bake!

I introduce, Coffee Granola Clusters

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Coffee Granola Clusters

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Combine all dry ingredients together
  • Then add all the wet ingredients to the dry
  • Mix well
  • I did about 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats but you could do less or more
  • You may have to add more honey or more oats, just play around with it. It should fall apart but still have a rather sticky texture to it and clumps should form
  • Spread on a greased baking sheet
  • Place in oven for 15 minutes
  • Turn the granola clusters over to keep from burning
  • Place in oven again for 10-15 more minutes (keep an eye on it)
  • When finished baking, let it cool for 10-20 minutes before eating
  • For keeping, place it in an air tight container

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The chia seeds make an excellent addition to this recipe!

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The combination of coffee and cinnamon is divine!

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The sweetness of the honey and maple syrup add to the coffee flavor which makes each bite taste like Heaven!

This is a recipe for those who love fresh granola instead of packaged! I promise, this will taste so good!

I actually had to force myself to stop eating it. It’s kinda amazing, if I do say so myself.

Let me know…what’s your favorite: GRANOLA or GRANOLA CLUSTERS

You can check out my other granola recipes here:

I’m linking up with Kierston for Recipe Friday!!! And I’m linking up with Sprint 2 the Table WHOOP WHOOP Smile

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Questions:

  • What do you have planned for this weekend?
  • Who’s training for a race right now? —-Thinking of doing a linkup once a week for running bloggers who have training blog posts (good idea? yay or nay?)
  • RANDOM QUESTION: Organic or conventional—your thoughts? (Been learning a lot on this in nutrition school)

P.S. I e-mailed the winners of the QUEST BAR GIVEAWAY. Thank you to everyone who participated and I wish I had 100 boxes of quest bars to give to all of you! Look out for more giveaways in the future!

Homemade Trail Mix Granola Recipe

Hey friends and Happy July 4th!

How about a recipe to kick off the day? Maybe a granola recipe?

YES PLEASE!

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There’s one thing I absolutely love making, and that’s granola.

It’s so much fun since you’re able to mix it up and do whatever you want with it!

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And you can put it on all your cereal and yogurt bowls! Ah, yum!

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Homemade Trail Mix Granola Recipe

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients first.
  • In a small bowl, lightly beat an egg white for 1 minute
  • Add the coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla extract to the beaten egg white and fold the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix well
  • Prepare a tray by spraying oil to keep the granola from sticking
  • Spread out the granola on the tray
  • Bake in the oven on 350F/150C until golden (approx 30 Minutes)
  • Halfway through (15 minutes-20 minutes) flip the granola so it can bake evenly.
  • When its finished baking, drizzle honey all over the top and let it cool completely before eating it.
  • ENJOY!

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This granola recipe took me hardly any time to make, it was the baking that took so long!

Also, because I chose cinnamon and cloves for the spices, it ended up smelling like Christmas in my house. It was AMAZING! So if you’re a little unsure about those spices, don’t give them up quite yet!

My favorite part of this granola recipe was the little chocolate chips. Some of them melted and turned my granola darker than I was expecting. But some of the chocolate chips didn’t melt, not sure why, but oh my goodness it was so good! If you wanted to wait and put the chocolate chips in after the granola is finished baking, you can do that as well (actually, I should have done that but it didn’t cross my mind because I was too excited about eating homemade granola)

Alright, I’m out! Off to run and then it’s time to get out with the fam! I hope all of you have a wonderful July 4th!

P.S. Look out for another ENERGY BALL recipe tomorrow! Starring VEGA ONE!

Linking up with Kierston and Laura for my FIRST recipe LINKUP! (Just found out about this! Check it out, foodies!)

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Questions:

  • Are you doing anything special for July 4th?
  • What’s your favorite thing to find in a granola recipe?

Let Us Eat Granola

After church, I stopped by Publix to grab a few things I needed for the dish I was making.

And I made sure to grab a couple of things for homemade granola too!

Now…can I just move on to the recipes? I really want to share ASAP because these two things are A HIT to my taste buds! Boy, oh, boy!

Let’s start with the granola first, I’ll put up the other recipe tomorrow morning!! I tried to follow Elise’s recipe on her blog and thanks to the 365 Fit Club for sending it to me last night!

Quinoa Granola

  • 1 cup thick rolled oats
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. cup organic butter, melted (I used Whole Foods’ brand)
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (or could use maple syrup)

 

Directions:

  • Combine oats, uncooked quinoa, raisins, almonds, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Separately, combine the egg white, melted butter, and honey in a bowl. After mixing both separately, then mix together until everything is coated with the wet ingredients.

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  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  • Put the granola onto a sprayed baking sheet, like so…

  • Cook on 225 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes*
  • TADA!

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“This entire batch of granola has 54.6 grams of protein”

Now, I ate mine with plain-nonfat Greek Yogurt and Stevia…but you see, I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t feel like waiting.

“*high protein *gluten free *vegan (if eggs omitted)”

But the combo was good. It would also be good with your cereal, or AS YOUR cereal with almond milk. OOH yummay!

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Or, you could make this a topping for some muffins or a bread loaf.

Or you could just eat it with your hands because that’s cool too.

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So, tomorrow I’ll have my other recipe up!

Hope you try and like the granola! It’s so granola-ie Rolling on the floor laughing

XOXO Audrey