These are a favorite chewy cookie, full of texture from the oats, coconut, nuts, and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and agave.

They come together in minutes and are a hit with my family.

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Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters (gluten-free, vegan)

Ingredients:
1 cup whole-rolled old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup nut butter (I prefer creamy peanut butter)
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (I did a half-n-half blend of these two)
1/2 cup unsweetened (or sweetened) shredded coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used organic walnuts from TJ’s)
1/2 cup chocolate/carob chips or dried fruit (I used 1/4 c dark chocolate chips and 1/4 c butterscotch chips.  Vegans, omit the butterscotch chips and use something else)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, optional and to taste (recommended to omit if using salted nut butter and salted nuts)
 
Take care all ingredients used are certified gluten-free such as the oats, or vegan, if necessary.

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All the ingredients in a bowl
Ingredients for Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters in bowl
 
Directions:
 
Pre-heat oven to 325°. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour.
 
Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon (I use a melon ball scooper) onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet.
 
Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters shaped on parchment lined baking sheet
Pre-baking closeups
 
Close up of Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters on baking sheet
Overhead of Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters before baking
 
Bake 10-12 minutes. (I did 12 mins because they were very raw at 10 minutes).
 
Let cool for a minute or so, and then I just pick them up and form into balls before placing on the cooling rack.
 
After Baking
Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters on baking sheet after coming out of oven
Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters in clear container
Close up of Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters in clear container

And then I wrapped a few up for Scott’s lunches.

Check out that chocolate melty action….

One Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Cluster on plastic wrap
 
Do you like making cookies with oats or maple syrup in them?

 

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