Gluten-free Goodie of the Week: Fruit and nut clusters
These clusters are more of an ooey-gooey, sit-down treat than grab-and-go snack bar, but that's okay. They taste so good you really won't mind!
Mix up a treat that has a little of everything: dried fruit, nuts, gluten-free cereal and chocolate chips, too, if you choose. If you're looking for a Gluten-free Goodie of the Week recipe to please, try this one… it pairs perfectly with a tall glass of milk! The choices are yours when it comes to the ingredients. Mix things up by using your favorite nuts and dried fruit for a personalized combination.
Fruit and nut cluster recipe
Yields about 20 clusters
Recipe adapted from Bob's Red Mill
- 1-1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free Quick Rolled Oats
- 1-1/2 cups gluten-free flakes cereal
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 2/3 cup dried apricots, diced
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. Lightly spray one with nonstick cooking spray, and set it aside.
- Add the rolled oats to the baking sheet without the cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly toasted, then remove from the pan from the oven and set aside.
- When the gluten-free oatmeal has cooled, add it to a large bowl along with the gluten-free flakes cereal, almonds, peanuts, and apricots and mix well.
- Add the butter to a large saute pan over medium heat. When the butter melts, add the honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and salt to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove it from the heat.
- Immediately pour the butter mixture over the cereal, nuts and fruit. Use a rubber spatula to mix all the ingredients together so they're well coated.*
- Add the mixture to the reserved baking sheet. Use a rubber spatula to spread out the mixture so it's about 1/2-inch thick, in the shape of a rectangle.
- Allow the bars to cool completely, then use a butter knife to carefully cut into clusters or squares.
If using chocolate chips, allow the butter mixture to cool a bit, then add the chocolate chips to the cereal, nuts and fruit mixture. Once cooled, pour the butter mixture over all the other ingredients.
These clusters make a great Gluten-free Goodie of the Week!