Hi! Hope you are doing well. Coming to you with a little pantry treat idea that we’ve been making non stop. We didn’t stock up on too many treats for this stay at home period, just to avoid the temptation of snacking on sweets all day long (which would definitely happen). I’ve already regretted that decision many times though, because sometimes a sweet treat is absolutely needed. Cue me digging through the pantry and trying to put together various forgotten ingredients to scrap something together.
I made nut butter the other day, using random bits of different nuts I happened to have on hand from recipe testing. It was so easy and turned out delicious (you can watch me make it here), and I’ve been using the butter to make these very quick oat clusters. I think that everyone loves a sweet and salty pairing, which comes from the combination of maple syrup, miso, and sea salt in this recipe. The whole thing has a sort of salted caramel feel, but made with much healthier ingredients.
This recipe can be used as a base, and you can modify it endlessly from there. Include other nuts or seeds, cacao nibs, or chocolate chips in the mix. Add your favorite spices and powders, or dip the clusters in chocolate (which I can’t wait to try). Hope you’ll give them a try!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup nut butter like almond, cashew, peanut butter or a blend
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- pinch of sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- Melt the coconut oil and nut butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Turn off the heat and mix in the maple syrup, miso, salt, and cinnamon until smooth. Taste for salt and sweetness and adjust if needed. Add the rolled oats and mix to coat.
- Use a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon to scoop even-sized oat clusters onto a parchment-covered baking sheet or plate. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes, until the clusters are fully set. Keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.