'Clean' snacks on the cheap: cranberry granola chunks

Crunchy, healthy snacks on the cheap

I have a hobby. I love to go to grocery stores in search of delicious, and often expensive, prepared foods. I buy these luxury food items, take them home, and try to recreate them on the cheap.

This may seem silly, but it makes me feel powerful the next time I visit the store and see others wasting their hard-earned money on something I figured out how to make for pennies. Ha! I think, that leaves me more money for that Lulu outfit I've been pining for.

Last week I found a delicious "clean" snack in the produce area of my favorite grocery store. It was a crunchy and satisfying snack of all natural ingredients that cost $6 for a 6.5 oz container. Really, who wants to spend this kind of money on between meal goodies? I knew I just had to figure out how to replicate this yummy, wholesome snack, and then pass the recipe on to you.

So, here are my granola chunk snacks. Enjoy, and feel free to substitute different nuts, fruits, seeds, to customize it to your taste. Bon appetit!

Crispy, Cranberry Granola Snacks:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup craisins
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • Preheat oven to 350F
    • Spread 2 cups of oats on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for 12 minutes
  • While oats are toasting, place honey, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil
  • Remove toasted oats from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300F
  • Pour toasted oats into a large mixing bowl. Add chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, peanuts, and craisins. Add sauce from saucepan and mix all ingredients well
  • Transfer mixture to a greased, 8x11 pan. Pat down with a spatula
  • Bake granola for 30 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 3 hours. Cut in cubes and store in a sealed container

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