Scott gave me the funniest anniversary card last year. It had a cartoon of a man standing in front of an open refrigerator filled with butter turning to his wife and asking “Where’s the butter?” Now, whenever he stands in front of the fridge or pantry asking “Do we have any snacks?” I respond by asking “Where’s the butter?” and he knows exactly what I mean.
I try to make things easier for him by cleaning up all those random bags of leftover nuts, dried fruit, and other healthy snacks that seem to accumulate once my family gets bored of them. The result: my Pantry Cleanout Snack Granola! This addictive treat is what happens when you take a bunch of random trail mix, toss it in healthy fats and unrefined sugars, and bake it in a clump so it forms a cookie-like mass of snacky goodness.
Snack Granola Recipe Ideas
I used pecans, unsweetened cranberries, shredded coconut, and sliced almonds for the batch pictured, but this recipe works with any combination you dream up! I prefer to add a combination of sweet and fatty flavors with some coconut mixed in to pull it all together. Some ideas just to get those creative juices flowing:
Chunky Monkey Snack Granola:
Strawberry Shortcake Snack Granola
1 tsp vanilla
Blueberry Muffin Snack Granola
Chipped dried mangos
1 tsp vanilla
I’m sure you get the drift. Just feel free to get creative and go wild!
Snack Granola Serving Suggestions
I love to eat cookie-like chunks of granola on their own, but you can also enjoy them as a topping for yogurt and smoothie bowls, with a scoop of ice cream or sorbet, or dipped into something sweet, like melted chocolate or caramel.
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, one thing is true: my Pantry Cleanout Snack Granola will disappear from your pantry in less time than it takes to say “delicious.”
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