DIY Granola Clusters

These DIY Granola Clusters were actually a cookie dough-gone-wrong creation! When my daily sugar craving hit me, I went along my merry way to the kitchen to make some simple cookie dough. I normally use almond flour or oat flour as a base – today I used oats. But, somewhere along the way, something went wrong and the dough became more a porridge consistency than a dough. What now?!

glass bowl containing golden brown granola balls on rustic metal tabletop next to open glass bottle of milk and a silver tablespoon

Well baking always adds a nice crust or hardness so that’s what I had to do – kind of wanted to avoid the baking hence the cookie dough and not the actually cookie, but ‘meh’. Sometimes these things happen and if an oven is the only thing that can deal with it, then so be it. Anyway, so to counteract the stickiness I just added a bit more oat flour so that the dough wasn’t too annoying to shape into balls then off it popped into the oven.

hand filled with oat nut and fruit golden granola balls, gently throwing them on the table in big pile

And then into my bowl with a splash of milk.

close up view of granola balls with chunks of almond and raisin poking through to reveal centre of granola chunk surrounded by less focused granola ballls

Serving size:

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 120g oatmeal
  • 1 small banana mashed
  • 4 dates roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almonds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 150℃.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the nut butter, oatmeal, banana, dates, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix with hands to fully incorporate all ingredients together until a rough dough forms.
  3. Fold in the nuts and seeds and make into small balls.
  4. Place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before drenching in milk for breakfast.

And that’s how these DIY granola clusters came about! Looks like cookery mistakes can more often than not, actually be rescued, so before binning experimental cooking-gone-wrong, ask yourself, can anything else in the kitchen help?!

If you like coffee in the mornings with your breakfast, why not combine the two into one…I did! Check out this coffee bean granola recipe for tomorrow’s brekkie: https://foodflaneur.com/2018/08/15/3-step-chocolate-coffee-bean-granola-vegan/.

I’d like to give a massive thanks to Demeter, the Beaming Baker, for her inspiration in helping me create this recipe. You can find her version here: https://beamingbaker.com/4-ingredient-healthy-homemade-gluten-free-vegan-granola-recipe-dairy-free-v-gf-refined-sugar-free/.

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