Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chocolate Granola Clusters

We made Chocolate Granola Clusters yesterday for our treat.  Ethan helped me make the Homemade Granola first and then Connor helped make the chocolate clusters.  We made it Allergy-Friendly for Connor, but you could certainly use the "real" ingredients to make them.  They were really tasty! 

What you need:

2 to 2-1/2 cups granola
1/4 milk (we used Rice Milk)
4 tablespoons butter (we used dairy-free)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup chocolate chips (we used Vegan)
1/4 cup peanut butter (we used Soy Butter)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yogurt covered raisins, raisins, and/or peanuts

1.  Have your child measure the granola into a large mixing bowl and then break up any clusters into small pieces with his fingers.

2. Warm the milk and butter in a med. saucepan over med. heat.  When the butter is mostly melted, use a long-handled wooden spoon to stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.

3. Continue to carefully stir the mixture until it comes to a boil, then quickly reduce the heat and cook the sauce at a low boil for 1 min. 

4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the (peanut) soy butter and vanilla extract until smooth. 

5. Immediately pour the sauce over the granola mixture and stir well.  If it's a little too wet, add more granola.

6. Scoop mounded tablespoons of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper, leaving a little space between each one.  Gently press, yogurt covered raisins, raisins, peanuts, or all three combined into each mound.
7. Once the cookies have completely cooled, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 3 hours before serving.  Makes 1 to 2 dozen cookies depending on the size you make.  We made large ones! 

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