Cocoa, Almond, and Oat Clusters

Nutritional labelNote: If you try this recipe, get a grownup’s help because it requires using the stove.

Prep time: 25 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • 4 tablespoons yogurt spread (also can use vegetable oil spread)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup smooth, unsalted almond butter (or other nut or soy butter)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Equipment and supplies:

  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Measuring spoons

What to do:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Place oats into a large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat milk and yogurt spread over medium heat.
  4. When the spread is melted, whisk in brown sugar and cocoa powder.
  5. Keep stirring while you bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Turn down the heat and continue cooking the sauce for 1 minute.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in almond butter, vanilla extract, and raisins.
  8. Immediately pour the sauce over the rolled oats and stir well until oats are completely covered in sauce.
  9. Place rounded tablespoon-size scoops of the mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  10. Allow clusters to set for 15 minutes before serving.

How much does this recipe make?
12 cookies

Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD
Date reviewed: June 2015
Originally reviewed by: Cheryl Patterson, RD, CDE