Before we get started, a couple of helpful tips:
- If you want clusters, then the key step is to press the oat mixture down so it's nice and compact. This allows the oil and syrup to bind the ingredients together more tightly.
- I use the slicer blade of my food processor to chop the almonds. It's faster this way, but if you don't have a processor then a large knife and careful hands will do fine.
Ingredients1/2 C maple syrup
1/3 C brown sugar
5 t vanilla extract
1/2 t salt
1/2 C vegetable oil
5 C (458g) old-fashioned rolled oats
2 C (240g) raw almonds or other nuts, chopped coarse
1/4 C (30g) wheat germ
1/4 C (30g) ground flaxseed
2 C raisins or dried fruit, chopped small