Ready for some super satisfying, no-bake, sweet and spicy breakfast action?
Meet my new grain-free granola creation. Wake up to a warm and spiced treat with these Almond Chai Breakfast Clusters. Packed with healthy fats and plant-based protein from the nuts and seeds, they set up perfectly in the freezer and don’t even require baking.
I used to be a creature of habit when it came to breakfast, starting my day with one of two things: cereal or homemade granola with fruit, or sprouted wheat bread with almond butter and honey. That’s before I transitioned to a gluten-free, whole foods based diet. I’ve learned through a lot of trial and error that my body does best with satiating fats and proteins in the morning instead of just carbohydrates.
I’m no longer a creature of habit. My breakfasts now span a wide range of foods, all the way from smoothies to scrambles to clusters to puddings to salads. I love the variety and am always excited to start my day with wholesome and delicious food.
With fall’s vibrant colors speckling the Wisconsin landscape, I’m wanting to be outside now more than ever. Long walks happen daily. I can’t say I’ve ever hiked a mountain or backpacked in the wilderness, but this is the first year that I’ve actually thought it might be kind of a neat thing to do. Since that’s coming from a very tame indoorsy person (the kind of person who is utterly bummed when her Uggs get splashed with rain water), that’s saying a lot.
If you’re into outdoorsy stuff—whether you’re an avid backpacker or weekend hiker—these clusters are the ultimate trail food. Wrap them up tightly in some waxed paper, throw them in your pack, and head off on your adventure knowing you’ve got a tasty snack in tow.
There’s no shortage of cookies, bars, bites, and balls around here. Just take at look at my archives!
That said, if you’re like me and can’t get enough wholesome healthy-enough-to-eat-for-breakfast treat action, then you might want to check out these recipes, too:
- Spicy Sweet Potato & Chocolate Chip Bars from Cara’s Cravings
- Peanut Butter Buckwheat Hemp Cookies from Attune Foods
- Healthier Zucchini Bread from Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Tropical Trail Mix from Simply…Gluten-Free
- Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites from Diet, Dessert and Dogs
- Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread from Tasty Eats at Home
- Maple Cinnamon Granola from Cook IT Allergy Free
- Vegan Power Muffins from Go Dairy Free
Almond Chai Breakfast Clusters
Makes 12 hearty clusters
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup raisins or dried currants
¼ cup creamy raw almond butter (unsweetened)
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt until the nuts are finely chopped, about 10-15 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the shredded coconut and raisins.
In a small pot over low heat, whisk together the almond butter, honey, and applesauce. Whisk constantly until the almond butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the flaxseed. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.
Using slightly wet hands, press the mixture firmly into the bottoms of the lined muffin cups to create tightly packed clusters. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Store the clusters in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.