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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