Chocolate Granola Clusters with Hazelnuts, Pecans and Cranberries

Today, I’d like to share another of my family’s favourite granola recipes. Filled with hazelnuts, pecans, cranberries and chocolatey goodness, this granola is perfect for this season.

Chocolate Granola Clusters with Hazelnuts, Pecans & Cranberries

My garden is bordered by cob nut trees, and this year they produced the most amazing crop. I made a deal with the squirrels whereby I would collect nuts from the low hanging branches, and they could have the rest. They then got to work, burying nuts all over my lawn and flower beds, and in my plant pots. Invariably they forget where they’ve buried them and we end up with nut trees growing literally everywhere!

Cob Nuts

I’m not going to complain though. Nut trees are awesome!

And once they’ve matured, cob nuts are very similar in taste and texture to hazelnuts, so I put them to good use in yummy recipes, like this granola.

Hazelnuts

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Lil’ L loves home-made granola, especially when it’s formed into clusters. It’s so easy to make. You simple press down the mixture as if you’re making a thin granola bar then, once completely cooled, you break it into clusters.

Granola Cluster Making

Our favourite sweetener for granola is maple syrup. This adds a delicious caramel-like sweetness, rather than a ‘sugary’ flavour. I use Clarks Original Maple Syrup, which is a blend of maple and carob syrups. It’s widely available in the UK, and a fair bit cheaper than pure maple syrup. I really like its flavour and consistency, which is slightly thicker than the pure grade syrup.

Granola Clusters

These granola clusters are wonderful for breakfasts, snacks and desserts. For breakfast, we like to serve them with natural non dairy yogurt (such as Alpro) or milk. For an omega-3 boost, I often add a light sprinkling of ground linseed and finely chopped walnuts before serving. I also sprinkle in a few extra cranberries to brighten up the bowl.

Chocolate Granola Clusters with Hazelnuts, Pecans and Cranberries

Layered with yogurt and fresh or frozen fruits, the clusters also make a delicious dessert or after-school snack. They look really fancy yet take literally seconds to throw together!

Chocolate Granola Parfait

Products used in this recipe (UK stockists)
Mornflake Superfast Oats, available in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and The co-operative (Gluten-free oats are available from the ‘Free From’ aisle in major UK supermarkets and health food stores)
Tesco Buckwheat (found in the wholefoods section) (Buckwheat is also available in health food stores and online)
Biona Coconut Sugar, available from health food stores and online
Dried Cranberries (sweetened with pineapple juice), available from the wholefoods sections in Tesco and Waitrose
Clarks Original Maple Syrup available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s
Essential Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (available in health food stores and online)

Enjoy! xx

Postscript
Sirilipons … ‘Secret’ nibbling eh? I wondered where the bottom right hand corner had gone. It looks like a giant mouse has been at it. You are so busted!

Granola Cluster Making

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13 Responses to Chocolate Granola Clusters with Hazelnuts, Pecans and Cranberries

  1. This looks fantastic Sharon! I wish I had nut trees growing at the bottom of my garden!

    I’ll try this soon!
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    • Thanks Vicky ♥ Nut trees are fab, but best located at the bottom of the garden… we’ve got them growing out the front lawn, back lawn, in all our flower pots. Our squirrels must have terrible memories 😉

  2. Looks delicious Sharon. I adore homemade granola!
    How cool to have free cob nuts too!
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  3. Jonathon

    /mmm I’m looking forward to trying this. I think I’m going to have to get your squirrels to talk to my squirrels before next year though. Maybe it’s because my trees are still too small and there aren’t any high nuts…

    • I reckon it’s down the sheer volume of trees that the cheeky squirrels have managed to plant over the years… there’s got to be about fifty in total, so plenty to go round 🙂
      So pleased you like the look of the granola. It’s one of my faves!

  4. How wonderful that you have your own nut trees. I’ve never had cob nuts! I love hazelnuts though so am sure I’d enjoy them. I’m certain I’d enjoy this granola too 🙂
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  5. Oh those clusters look so good! Lucky you with the nut tree!
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  6. Sirilipons

    Can I just say that I saw this granola tray coming out of the oven at Sharon’s house. I secretively tried a bit….but you would never say from the pic! 🙂 xx

  7. Sirilipons

    What!…Truly delicious, I have to say.

  8. That’s so awesome you had nut trees growing at the bottom of your garden – did you have any pictures of the nut trees? I would love to know how to grow them… These nuts look lovely and what a great idea to use them in granola! I would like to try to make my own granola bars or clusters… Me too, maple syrup is the best sweetener for everything and use only 100% pure organic maple syrup (Grade B). I use this one: http://amzn.to/1wWgDM1
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  9. I love granola in clusters, too!! This looks sooo yummy! Lucky you with your abundance of nut trees!!!

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