It’s breakfast time. Or snack time, or brunch, or that classic, “oh man, I’m eating this crunchy, delicious stuff again, and I don’t even know what time it is.” Guilty. Hand in the jar. But it’s better than hand in a box, eating processed, store-bought clusters. Because at least if you are having these homemade ones, they’re free of refined sugar, vegan, and when you make them with certified gluten-free oats, they’re gluten-free as well. They stick together all crunchy and clumpy and form these delicious, toasty clusters that just fall apart in your mouth. They stick together from the dates, honey and coconut oil, the latter of which offers a great dose of healthy fats and helps keep you full.
But let’s talk about the former for a bit: the honey. As you have probably noticed, I eat and use raw honey in a lot of my recipes. Some people say it’s not vegan and choose not to eat it, but I’m not one of those people. I’m pretty big on choosing foods and ingredients that I enjoy and that make me feel my best. For me that involves lots of plants, avoiding dairy and meat products, no refined sugar, and a mostly gluten-free diet. But it doesn’t involve eliminating honey. I use it only in the raw form, and most of it comes directly from my parents farm. I don’t feel the need to add or eliminate things from my diet just because they meets or don’t meet the formal label. If it makes me feel good – or doesn’t make me feel bad – and is a whole, natural unprocessed ingredient, I’m totally okay with it. Eating well, being healthy and being your best self is about finding what works for you and eating the things that work the best for you. Find out what that is, stick to it and then don’t worry about what any others or labels have to say. You’ll be at your best and that’s all that matters. And in case you’re wondering, these honey clusters, sprinkled on top of my green smoothie bowls, totally made me feel the best!
Honey Nut Clusters
Granola clusters that are crunchy and packed with coconut and seeds, with no refined sugar. Enjoy for breakfast, snack or on top of smoothie bowls!
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- Pinch of salt
- 8 dates, soaked in boiling water
- Add honey and coconut oil to a pot and melt over low heat.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, add oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Pour honey mixture in with oat mixture and stir until everything is coated. Set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool.
- Once cool, add soaked dates, and using your hands, massage everything together so that the dates break up into smaller pieces and the oat mixture clumps together.
- Gently set it in clumps on a cookie tray, pouring any excess mixture around the clumps.
- Bake in a preheated over for 20-25 minutes, or until oats are golden and toasted.
- Once ready, remove from the oven and leave to completely cool on the cooling rack.
Happy Sunday and enjoy the rest of your weekend!