No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters [1]

Would you believe me if I told you that sometimes I’m still exhausted by the national food holiday challenge [2] I did last year? 6 months later and there are still weekends where I feel the effects of 2014 and the continuous cooking and days when it wasn’t fun and days when it was fun, and also all the days of my feet and back hurting from the crazy, self-imposed 12-14 hour days in my kitchen for an entire year. That’s exactly why I’m a big fan of those recipes that just aren’t complicated. (I still occasionally like the recipe that you nurture and spend all your afternoon tending to.)

This weekend I made two recipes, one of which is this one! And while I was glued to my couch for the better part of Sunday both watching TV (just one more episode…and then…okay seriously, just one more episode ad nauseum) and taking a really pleasant mid-afternoon nap (the kind where the air conditioning is set to the perfect temperature, you have a light blanket, and sun is streaming into your living room), I was able to make THIS for breakfast and a yellow curry for dinner and believe me when I say that it rivaled the yellow curry I get from my favorite Vietnamese place in Tampa.

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters [1]

But that’s exactly it. I crave simplicity. I crave it in my work, I crave it in the tasks I do around the house, I crave it in relationships with others. Life and recipes and to-do lists don’t have to be complicated. They can all just be. What a concept, huh? Perhaps one of the best examples of a simple recipe is granola. Granola is easy, it’s versatile, it’s delicious. Pick some oats, cereal, dried fruits, sweeteners, binding agent and go to town. Depending on the ratio of all those things, you might end up with really stable granola, as in granola bars. Or, you may be like me and be all like, okay fine granola “clusters” it is! The best part of all this is it doesn’t matter. Granola comes in different forms all the time!

Once I mixed together all the ingredients for my granola and pressed the mixture down into a coated 8×8 square baking dish, I was sure it would be sturdy enough to flip out and cut into squares for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack option. Yeah, the second I turned the pan over (after 2 hours of hardening in the fridge) it broke down. There were some chunks, some really loose pieces, and everything in between and I thought: I have clusters! Nothing wrong with granola clusters (and if you say otherwise I will cut you).

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters [1]

Have you heard of muesli before? Because my granola is made with it which, if you know what muesli is, you might find that weird because muesli is kind of like granola already. But let’s just chat about muesli [1] anyway, okay? Because I have two packages of the new Nature ValleyTM Toasted Oats Muesli [1], one in blueberry and one original and well, I need more because my homemade granola is out of this world good. Like, I’m giving myself a million pats on the back right now, and I think my husband’s continuous adventure into the kitchen to sneak another fistful of the stuff confirms that it’s gooooood.

(In a nutshell, the difference between muesli and granola is muesli is unbaked and usually doesn’t contain any sweetener or oil.)

(But I added sweetener and some oil (in the form of natural peanut butter) anyway.)

(And it’s still not unhealthy, so there.)

(But muesli [1] is really awesome, you’ll see. People eat it raw, they even soak muesli overnight and eat it like porridge.)

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters [1]

For this particular recipe, I used the Nature Valley Blueberry Muesli [1] which includes whole grain oats, sunflower seeds, dried blueberries, pumpkin seeds, raisins, almond pieces, and dried cranberries. And then I added more dried cranberries because I love the stuff and also some chopped walnuts.

There’s nothing about this granola that I don’t love, especially when it’s a topping for vanilla yogurt. If you want to try some of your own, grab a $1.00 OFF coupon for Nature Valley Muesli [3]!

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters [1]

No-Bake Blueberry Muesli + Peanut Butter Granola Clusters

This no-bake breakfast option will make you weak in the knees. It's healthy, but sweet, crunchy, and also perfect for on the go!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Nature Valley Toasted Oats Blueberry Muesli [1]
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Lightly oil the bottom and sides of an 8x8 baking dish and set aside. I used coconut oil spray for this.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup over medium heat until smooth, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and add blueberry muesli, flax seeds, cranberries, and chopped walnuts, stirring deeply to make sure all dry ingredients are coated with the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish using your fingers. Spread mixture to all edges and make sure it's even.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap right onto the granola. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours, or until hardened.
  6. Remove from fridge, turn over onto a flat, clean surface and break up as desired.

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[2] national food holiday challenge: http://thefoodiepatootie.com/national-food-holidays/

[3] coupon for Nature Valley Muesli: https://ooh.li/92b41d7

[4] Print Recipe: http://thefoodiepatootie.com/no-bake-blueberry-muesli-peanut-butter-granola-clusters/print/