Oatmeal Cookie Granola Clusters

I think we can all be certain that the best parts of granola are the big chunks. 

Ironically, I’m not one too fussed with it- The granola clusters are great to snack on whole and the remaining ‘crumbs’ as such- are perfect mixed into greek yogurt or cottage cheese. However, when the snack monster hits, there is nothing more convenient that the clusters. oatmeal-cookie-granola-clusters.jpg.jpg

Eating strange things for breakfast is pretty standard in this part of blog world. Not just that, but typically dessert style foods. After being on a recent bender with this breakfast cookie dough (which keeps things exciting with it’s constantly changing options!) I started craving yogurt or cottage cheese bowls.

Oatmeal cookies would be my least favourite cookies. Sorry for oatmeal cookie fans. I prefer something more exciting like chocolate chip or even better- white chocolate and macadamia ones (Pssssst……if you’re a fan of this combination, I have a huge treat for you guys Friday!). However, when choosing a cereal to mix into the dairy bowls, it has to be something basic. Delicious, but basic. Enter- The Oatmeal cookie granola clusters. Tasting exactly like an oatmeal cookie but in granola form, these bite sized chunks are just the perfect level of sweetness to complement it.

These taste great on cottage cheese, greek yogurt or even with milk- but let’s face it- the best kind of cereal is one which you can just eat by the handful and with these- you’re prayers are answered….by the Granola Gods. Oatmeal Cookie Granola Clusters oatmeal_Cookie_granola_clusters.jpg

 

Oatmeal Cookie Granola Clusters

A delicious twist on the classic granola- replicating an oatmeal raisin cookie- cluster style!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats gluten free oats for GF option
  • 1/2 cup oat flour gluten free oats ground to a flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup honey Can substitute for brown rice syrup or other sticky sweetener
  • 1/4 cup mix in of choice I used chopped dried mango

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour to avoid clumps. Add the rolled oats, shredded coconut, sea salt and cinnamon.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg white. Add the coconut oil and and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the mix in of choice.
  • Transfer the granola mixture onto a baking tray and ensure it is evenly spread out. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes (depending on the oven) removing halfway through to mix around to avoid it firming up too much. Remove from oven when lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool completely. Once cooled, break up the granola mixture into bite sized clumps.

Notes

Be careful with the mix ins. My first attempt, I used raisins and they burnt so if using them or something like chocolate chips, it is best to omit and add after cooking.
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75 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cookie Granola Clusters

  1. Er milk and cookies might be the best thing ever, even more so when those are cookies are oatmeal- definitely bookmarking this to recreate in the near future…delicious recipe, Arman! I am not too hot on ginger so ginger snaps are at the bottom of my cookie chain. That being said, I’d prob still eat them if they were my only option ha ha! My favorite yogurt stir-in is (more like was) raw oats & applesauce…even better when peanut butter was added in!

  2. Big Chunks!! Yes! I got some really nasty looks in my life cause of picking out the big clusters. And leaving some fake berries (Kellog’s? Know?) or raisins on the bottom.
    This recipe is perfect, I love the addition of coconut and cinnamon, sooo good!

    1. LOL! I HATE THOSE FAKE BERRIES! One of our cereals here, which have ‘fruit pieces’ in them are actually red and purple coloured sugar.

      Cinnamon and coconut together makes it amazing- smell wise too!

  3. I have never actually had granola clusters I don’t think!? Just the normal old granola! This recipe looks simple, healthy and delicious though! My favourite cookie is cinnamon raisin! I am not very good with yoghurt anymore but I wish I could eat it still! I used to have a huge bowl of greek yoghurt with peanut butter, honey and cinnamon!

    1. I found that with dairy, the earlier I eat it in the day, it’s much easier on my stomach- however later on, and I’ve had some pain/discomfort! This would work well with some non dairy milk too- or on it’s own 😉

      PS Expect an email this weekend latest 🙂

  4. Anything with macadamia nuts rock! They are so unique in flavour!

    Oh and clusters are the way forward, who wants crumbs!

    I love stirring chopped dates and mashed banana into Greek yoghurt – yum!

  5. I almost stopped reading when you said you didn’t like oatmeal cookies — they’re my absolute favourite! 😛 Well, they have to have chocolate chips, but yeahhhh. SO good. Cookies without oats are booooooooring 😉

    And ya know… I’m not really the biggest fan of granola, but these clusterssss… I want them in my mouth (twss). They’re definitely lacking on the chocolate front, though!

  6. Loose, flakey granola makes me sad – I need the big chunks! And I like oatmeal cookies – as long as they have chocolate chips and not raisins as the mix in.As for least favourite…probably sugar cookies. They don’t do much for me.

  7. My favorite yogurt mix-in is nuts. I probably have a half-cup to cup yogurt-nut ratio. Granola is one of those things I eat if I have it or it’s given to me, but I do not actively buy. My friends love to make it, so I am fortunate in that I don’t ever really have to buy it. I LOVE Clifbars, Lunabars, LaraBars, KindBars or basically any kind of “granola-esque” organic bar. I cannot get behind nutri-grain or special -K bars though because they do not have enough calories to actually sustain me. The oatmeal granola looks good! Is there a vegan substitute?

    1. Dude..that is my kind of nut to yogurt ratio!

      Definitely have a vegan substitute for you, my vegan friend- Try a flax egg and if it’s not ‘cluster’ like enough- try adding slightly more coconut oil or another flax egg 🙂

  8. it’s all about the clusters….egg white for the win! Also yeah the first time I made granola (back in the womb) I used chopped apricots and I burnt the sheeeezy out of them. I ate it anyway…you know how I feel about carcinogens. Also nice pics hombre!

  9. Roll on Friday! Can’t believe you don’t like oatmeal cookies though, shame on you. Also, I do have a slight fear of baking cookies as they always seem to turn into one giant one… no matter how much I space them!

    Big chunks for sure 🙂 triple chocolate cookies have to be my favourite – the gooier the better… in fact, I have zero self control with them, they’re just too good!

    Speaking of, anything chocolate can go into yoghurt (but not cottage cheese, bleugh) or frozen cherries 😉

    1. Ohhh I used to love triple chocolate cookies but now- it’s an overwhelming of chocolate- if that’s even possible.

      You NEED to try cottage cheese with cocoa powder and frozen cherries and coconut shreds- IT’s a cherry ripe in a bowl- promise!

  10. Flaunting my status as a nonconformist I place chocolate chip cookies at the bottom of the “cookie chain.” I know this is most people’s favorite but, not mine. Their invention was a mistake, after all.

    I don’t do cottage cheese. It is only tolerable (IMO) in lasagna although ricotta is infinitely better. As for yogurt, my favorite mix in is berries. It makes for a pretty color. Speaking of pretty, your pictures are awesome. Bon Appetit!

    1. I too reckon ricotta is better in lasagna than cottage cheese- the smoothness and subtleness factor!

      Thanks so much for your kind words about the pictures- slooowly working on improving them!

  11. These pictures look great Arman! I also happen to have a thing for granola too, and I adore the clusters. I adore the crumbs as well, but for purpose of today’s comment, it’s all about the oatmeal clustery goodness that is this cereal, cookie, granola, ice cream topping bliss. It looks great. I love the idea of using an egg.

    1. Thank you- they are no longer shitehouse status but just shite. Moving up in the photo world….

      I totally used the egg to give the granola the crispy glow…like brushing egg yolks on pastries.

      1. Haha Paleo Schmaleo it’s cookie granola!! Plus I’ve always thougth labeling oatmeal “bad” was dumb …

        Ps I’m eating peanut butter as I type. The paleo gods are definitely frowning

  12. Love how chunky this is! I bet it would be over the top amazing with chocolate chips. Mmm.

    I’m not a fan of oatmeal cookies either, unless they have chocolate chips and/or raisins in them! As for my least favourite cookie… probably any cookie that’s too hard and crunchy. I like my cookies chewy!

  13. There’s an “oatmeal cookie” chain?? Jeez I’m rather behind the times. I’m not big on cookies generally; doughy, cakey goods have me swooning however. That said, I was just appalling Miss P the other day with the revelation that I am yet to try out granola.
    Another easy recipe to ingrain the fact that I’m missing out..love the dried mango as a mix in – YUM!

  14. Ohhhhh! I’ve thought of doing something like this but never have gotten around to trying it! The clusters are my favorite! I’m with you…normally oatmeal raisin is one of the LAST cookies I will eat, but I actually was surprised when I had one last week and really liked it…I think it depends on the oatmeal to raisin ratio ya know…there has to be some science behind that shit! 😉 Don’t hate me, but I’ve never really been a big fan of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies….I always find them too overly sweet!

    1. Hahaha it ALWAYS has to do with ratios…like Meg’s granola recipe- the nut to oat ratio is my kind- not this bullshit 2 peanuts per pound of oats. No thank you.

      Sweet they are but damn they are good. You’re sweeter though. 😉

  15. “Oatmeal raisin cookies that look like chocolate chips are the reason I have trust issues” – someone else said it – but I am adopting it – though an oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie would be up for debate!
    Arman – these photo’s look lovely!

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  17. I agree with you!! Oatmeal cookies for sure are at the bottom of the cookie chain! Although if they have chocolate in them that might bump them up a little 🙂

    I do love the clusters…. but honestly I’m not picky! I like whatever! It’s kind of nice to have a mix of stuff.

    ps I’m so glad I’m not the only freak that eats weird things for breakfast! Sometimes I like to eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner!

  18. Okay so I’m totally stocking your site right now and I decided this is the one I HAVE to make! I’m talking like right now, heading to the kitchen as we speak to whip this up. It just so happens I’m out of granola and live for oatmeal cookies so it’s only natural I make this asap 🙂

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