Flourless, gluten-free granola muffin clusters. These light and healthy clusters boast an irresistible creamy, crunchy sweetness. They will disappear quickly, so watch out!
Quinoa, Apricot, and Oat Muffin Clusters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
24 mini clusters
For the Apricot Paste:
- 1 cup of unsweetened dried apricots
- Water for soaking
For the Muffin Clusters:
- 3/4 cup cooked quinoa (make sure you cook the water out of the quinoa here and slightly undercooked)
- 1 ½ cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup ground mixed nuts of choice
- ½ cup raisins or unsweetened dried fruit of your choice
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ½ cup apricot paste
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 6 tbsp warm water
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
To Make the Apricot Paste:
- Cover apricots with cold water and soak for 4-6 hours. Remove apricots and reserve water.
- Place apricots in blender or Cuisinart and process until smooth (I like to use my Cuisinart Mini Prep for this). If needed, adjust consistency with some of the reserved water.
- Store the apricot paste in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use as needed.
To Make the Muffin Clusters:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a non-stick muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Cook quinoa according to package directions, but cook on slightly higher heat to absorb most of the water and to achieve a crunchier quinoa. Mix together flaxseed meal with warm water and set aside (stir every so often while following the next steps). Flaxseed meal as an egg-replacement should be gooey, not watery, like the consistency of an egg. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together quinoa, oats, mixed nuts, raisins. In separate mixing bowl, add almond butter, apricot paste, flaxseed meal, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until combined. Fold in dry ingredients and stir well. Spoon the granola mixture into each muffin cup filling almost to the top. Press mixture down firmly into each cup with the back of a spoon and/or your fingers. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before removing.
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Delicious! I made these the first time pretty much as the recipe directs except I substituted unsweetened soy milk for the almond milk. My husband and I both enjoy them as a quick and nutritious snack. Since then I have made several variations, sometimes substituting peanut butter for the almond butter and substituting apple butter or pureed pumpkin (plus a little molasses) for the apricot paste and varying the spices. Thank you, Jennifer, for offering such a delicious, nutritious and versatile recipe.