During my brief interim between going off sugar, I made these little treats hoping to recreate something crunchy – close to a cookie but without flours or too much sugar. I was kind of aiming for a nut cluster but as I added the ingredients together, it came out tasting like granola bar meets oatmeal raisin cookie (without the oatmeal or granola!).
I brought these to one of my CrossFit classes last Friday and they went over very well although in the heat of my car and the gym, they did melt a bit and fall apart. The taste was still awesome, like a bag of crunchy granola but they were no longer cookie-like. Lesson? Keep them in a cool place if you want them to stay clusterific (yes, that is so a word). Also, and I say this a lot but you MUST use the parchment for these and let them cool completely before trying to remove. Just trust me, mmmmmkay?
Recipe: Paleo Almond Clusters
- 2 c. sliced almonds
- 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded cococnut
- 2 egg whites, beaten till frothy
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. cocoa powder
- 2-3 tbsp. honey
- 1/8 c. raisins
- 1/8 c. dark chocolate chops
- Beat the egg whites in a metal bowl until frothy.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Stir in honey and mix well.
- Lastly, add beaten egg white and mix gently.
- Do not mix too much; it will break down the protein bonds in the egg white.
- Using a couple of spoons, spoon a small amount of the mixture onto parchment paper.
- Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown around edges and firm. Based on the size of your clusters and your particular oven, baking times my vary with these; keep an eye on them.