Love Halloween treats but hate all the refined sugar? Maple Nut Granola Clusters are healthy Halloween treats for kids. Add easy DIY edible eyeballs and free printable bag toppers for an extra spooky treat that can be part of any Halloween celebration!
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I adore fall. I love getting out my sweaters to fight off the chill in the air, putting an extra blanket on the bed, and enjoying the turning leaves. Another fall favorite… maple recipes!
Maple Syrup Production
As an elementary student our class visited a local maple syrup farm to watch the spring sugar rush. The sugaring season or “sugar rush” happens each spring as temperatures warm and tree sap starts to flow. Maple sap is collected and then evaporated to produce sweet, rich maple syrup.
That’s it: no complex processing, no scientific messing. Just pure, natural sweetener.
How to Make Granola Clusters
Granola is a tasty treat, but not the most convenient for snacking. My kids and I fell in love with Kind Granola Clusters a few years ago. We were eating them in obscene amounts… so I decided to learn how to make my own granola clusters.
The process is simple: make classic granola then “stick” it into clusters with a bit of whipped egg white.
Press the mixture into a baking sheet, bake until crisp, and then break into clusters.
Maple Nut Granola Clusters Recipe
Maple Granola Clusters are a wholesome snack for both kids and adults. My husband and kiddos love them as an afternoon treat. Add easy DIY chocolate eyeballs and free printable bag toppers to make healthy Halloween treats for kids.
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 cups toasted O cereal
- 1 cup dried fruit (I use raisins, dried cranberries, and dried cherries)
- 1 cup walnut (bit size pieces, optional)
- ¾ cup wheat germ
- ¾ cup flax seed meal
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt (optional)
- 2 large egg whites (beaten until foamy)
- Preheat oven to 320° degrees. Line a large (approx 12 in x19 in ) baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix oats, cereal, dried fruit, walnuts, wheat germ, and flax seed in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl combine brown sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Pour coconut oil mixture over oat mixture. Mix granola until evenly combined.
- Beat the egg white with a whisk until very frothy. Spoon egg whites over the oat mixture and toss to combine.
- Pour mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet and spread to evenly distribute. Press the mixture down lightly.
- Bake the granola for 20 minutes, do not stir. Remove granola pan from oven and allow it to cool completely.
- Once the granola is cool (you should be able to pick up the pan with your bare hands) use a small spatula or table knife to break the granola into half dollar size pieces.
- Store the granola in an airtight container and use within 10 days.
Granola Monsters & Free Printable Treat Bags
You can use the granola clusters as Halloween treats by adding my free printable Halloween Goodie Bag Toppers . They've got fun Halloween jokes for kids!
More Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids
Want more kid-pleasing snacks that are a healthy alternative to store-bought candy. Check out:
- Easy Tangerine Pumpkins (I love the leaves!)
- All-Natural Zombie Brain Cupcakes (with printable Zombie crates)
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