nut free! super easy! cranberry cinnamon clusters!

School's back.....how have you spent these past 3 days? 

for me, it was getting back into the kitchen - is this where you went for re invigoration?

The school my son goes to a school that has an awesome policy on nuts! EDUCATE don't ELIMINATE.

I know that this is not the case for all you busy mums so thinking of you this formed the creative process for my kitchen session - these next few recipes contain no nuts!

I think it's super important from lots of aspects the EDUCATE don't ELIMINATE policy in particular as it teaches our children from a very young age to 'be responsible for their own actions' regardless of which perspective is  yours - educating our children on self awareness and kindness and awareness of others is a GREAT thing! :)

So, these little clusters are a mouthful of flavour and texture - they are a little messy in getting them on the tray but sooooooo worth it! (my tip - all the bits that fall off either on your cereal the next morning or straight into either your mouth or the taste testers that are hanging nearby!!!

MAKES: 35 clusters

COOK: 175 deg            TIME: 20-25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup     @myorganics cranberries
  • 1 cup         @myorganics rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup    oat flour(processed oats)
  • 1 Tb          cinnamon
  • 2 Tb         coconut oil
  • 5 Tb         maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup     @myorganics cacao nibs (or you can also use 70% cacao chocolate pieces chopped)  

METHOD:

  1. Line 2 trays with greaseproof paper
  2. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well combined
  4. This mix appears dry but that's ok - you're on the right track
  5. Using Tablespoon - scoop mix into your hand and press firmly to create a ball/shape
  6. Place on tray close together 
  7. These will leave a few oats here and there - my suggestions is to leave them on the tray through the cooking process and then once baked, scoop up and top your yoghurt or smoothie!)
  8. Bake in the oven for 10mins, turn for a further 10 mins or more if needed
  9. Take out once golden brown and clusters hold together
  10. Resist eating them all at once! lol