Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Clusters

In my goal to be fit, not only am I working out to the Your Shape Wii Game, I’m also eating things healthier when I can.  Trying to find healthy substitutions to replace the easy accessible junk food can prove to be difficult at times.  I realized that trying to find prepackaged healthy food was the real problem. I needed to discover ways to create healthy snacks “from scratch”.  So instead of buying granola bar type snacks, I decided to make my own version. Since granola seems to be an ingredients that’s hard to come by around here, I chose to use oatmeal as a substitute but you could use granola (and I recommend you do) to make this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup light peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 1/3 cups Quaker Oats (or low-fat granola)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (I added a few more;)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 250′. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with light cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat together peanut butter and maple syrup on medium speed with an electric mixer, although I used a wisk. Add egg whites and pumpkin pie spice and beat again until smooth. Stir in oatmeal and cranberries. Divide mixture evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 30-35 minutes on middle rack in oven. Remove from oven and cool completely before removing clusters from pan. Store in an airtight container or they’ll get hard.

Soo, I sorta forgot about them in the oven and they are little overcooked. I was watching the CNN livestream of the US honoring WASP.

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Comments

  1. 1

    I’ve been on a granola bar kick myself. (3 batches in the last week.) These are going to be the next batch. Yum!

  2. 2

    I would have never thought of using pumpkin spice!! Great idea. These looks yummy, but I don’t like peanut butter – could you substitute that with something else..? Or just not add?

    • 3

      I could not taste the peanut butter at all. I think it acts as a glue of sorts so to be honest, I’m not sure if you could substitute or leave out. Might be something fun to play with though, especially since they’re people who are allergic to PB. Great question! If I find one, I’ll let you know!

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    Greg says

    Yummy, I’ll definitely try this. Also,not sure if everyone is aware, but one of my favorite foodies Guy Fieri has a new show premiering on NBC this Sunday(March 14th). It’s called Minute to Win It and I think it looks pretty good. Check it out here:http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/ And here: http://www.facebook.com/minutetowinit?ref=ts

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    Julie says

    these sound delicious! I’ll bet Almond butter would be a great substitute! and if there is a full-on nut allergy alltogether, maybe a flax or sesame seed paste of some sort?? use a food processor or buy it powdered and add sesame oil or flax oil to make a paste? I don’t know it sounds expensive but people with allergies are probably used to having to go to great lengths to find alternatives.

  5. 6

    They sound yummy and they’re healthy…can’t go wrong with that.

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    Marie says

    Thanks for the recipe. It sounds yummy.

  7. 8

    We just made something very much like this but with way more ingredients. This seems so much easier to achieve basically the same thing. I’m going to try these! :)

  8. 9

    Keep us updated on how it went!!! I’d love to know:)

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    Chez Us says

    Lori,

    I just found your site when I was searching for a granola bar recipe. So glad I found you. These clusters sounds amazing and I am going to be giving them a try very soon. As you, I am always looking for healthy snacks that I can keep in our office or take along on camping, hiking or biking trips.

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    Ginny S says

    One of my new staples! These clusters are great to have on hand for a healthy snack. I’m too cheap to spend $9 a bottle on pure maple, so I bought the light maple pancake syrup instead. I also used regular PB instead of reduced, but there isn’t much difference nutrional wise between the two. I’m a Weight Watchers gal, and for those who relate to points, the original recipe and the one I made with the light syrup and regular PB both came out to 2 points a cluster. Again, so easy, and so nice to keep a batch on hand. Good with coffee!

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    Sylvia says

    Hey thanks for the great recipe! Do you know how long these will keep for? I’m trying to make some trail mix and thought these would go along perfectly, but I was just wondering how long they could sit out for before they went bad? Thanks

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    Carol says

    What a great home-made healthy snack! Pumpkin pie spice..what a great ‘twist’ to the recipe. Many thanks for this.