How to Make Clusters for Cereal

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Many of today's popular cereals feature delicious clusters packed with rolled oats, chopped nuts and sometimes dried fruits. You can make your own clusters at home with just a few ingredients. After you bake the clusters, you can mix them into your cereals or keep them sealed in a plastic storage bag at room temperature. The clusters will add sweetness and crunch to your breakfast. As an added health benefit, they are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamins.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large serving spoon
  • Small bowl
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Mix 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 2/3 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and a teaspoon of salt in a large mixing bowl. Toss the ingredients well with a large serving spoon.

  • Combine 1/2 cup each of butter and maple syrup in a small bowl and heat in a microwave until the butter is melted. This should take about 10 to 15 seconds.

  • Drizzle the mixture into the large mixing bowl and toss all the ingredients well.

  • Pour the contents of the mixing bowl over a baking sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Use the back of the serving spoon to press the mixture down and shape it over the baking sheet.

  • Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

  • Stir the clusters well and bake for another 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing or eating.

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