Homemade Granola Oat Clusters

homemade granola oat clusters

I’ve been wanting the Oh She Glows cookbook since it came out earlier this year, but hadn’t gotten around to purchasing it, so I was so excited when my boyfriend brought it home for me last week. I immediately flipped through to find recipes that I could make right away with the ingredients I already had on hand. I found the recipe for the ‘ultimate nutty granola clusters’ (p. 31) and saw that I had nearly everything I needed in the cupboard. Most of these ingredients go into my overnight oats anyway. I always like to have a box of cereal in the cupboard since it’s my favourite late-night snack, and had been meaning to make my own granola for a while. I always love making recipes from Angela’s website, since I know she thoroughly tests her recipes and she has never failed me yet!

The granola recipe in the book is similar to THIS one that was posted on the site. The one in the book seems to be simplified, but if you don’t have the book yet, I think it’s worth a try.

granola: seeds nuts and dried fruits

The recipe calls for pepita seeds. I’d seen them in other recipes before but had no clue what they were. I didn’t bother looking it up because I knew I didn’t have any on hand (or so I thought) and I never worry about having the right nuts or seeds anyway, and just use whatever I happen to have. I saw the pumpkin seeds in the picture and actually thought, “oh, she must have forgotten to include those in the recipe”…but duh! Turns out pepita is Spanish for dried pumpkin seeds.

baked granola

Speaking of seeds, does anyone have any suggestions for a store (online or brick and mortar) that sells certified peanut-free seeds, nuts and dried fruit?

My boyfriend has a severe peanut allergy and the risk of contamination for these foods is just so high! While I’ve been able to find some almonds that are from a totally peanut-free facility, I’m having trouble finding other bulk goods and I hate that he has to miss out on some of my treats. He’s my designated taste-tester, after all.

Whenever possible we choose items that are specified as peanut-free, but a lot of the time, that’s not possible. We often  resign ourselves to using products that say “may contain peanuts”, since that warning is on just about everything. Fortunately, that works out ok most of the time, but I was recently shocked to find a shelled peanut in my box of sunflower seeds. It was a wake-up call to how real the risk of contamination truly is.

I really thought that I’d be able to easily find an online source for peanut-free bulk foods, but it doesn’t seem like it exists! I was able to find individual sources here and there for particular items, but many had very high minimum orders (what am I going to do with 10 lbs of sesame seeds?) and I wasn’t able to find any source at all for many of my kitchen staples. Suggestions??

homemade cranberry oat granola clusters

2 Comments

    • Thanks so much for this suggestion, Lori!! Love to see that they have PN/TN-free chia seeds. And all that yummy granola! It looks like shipping to Canada isn’t cheap, but it’s better than I’ve seen on other sites, so I’m going to consider putting in an order!

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