Need a low-fat carb-up snack that's portable for hiking? These cinnamon raisin oat clusters are a perfect replacement for store-bought granola bars that are usually packed with refined sugar. They're kind of like a bowl of oatmeal with a pop of protein in snack form. I made these to take with me on the trail when I hiked the North Coast Trail for my carb-up meal and they were awesome! Plus, because they are formed into balls, they are easier to grab and snack on as needed while hiking. Try combining them with some sugar-free dried apples to make them like a trail-ready apple pie!
Carb-Up Cinnamon Raisin Oat Clusters Recipe
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup organic instant oats
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, (freshly grated if possible)
- Large pinch ground cloves
- ¼ cup vegan protein powder (*Or vanilla-flavoured whey isolate if not vegan.)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (*Or keto maple syrup for sugar-free.)
- ⅓ cup boiling water
- ¼ teaspoon butter extract
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon or Fleur de sel
- 2 tablespoons organic raisins
Preheat the oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Toss the oats with water, vegan protein powder, avocado oil and honey.
Form ¾” balls of the mixture on the baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 30 minutes. Flip the balls and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container. They should be good for at least weeks, but since it's a smaller portion, I usually just make them as needed then eat them pretty much straight away.
Did you make this carb-up low-fat cinnamon raisin oat clusters recipe? If so, how did it go?Please share your thoughts in the comments. Or if you share pics of your creations on Instagram, please tag me so I can see them. Enjoy! :)