Honey Nut Clusters are a Sweet Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Snack


Another school year is well underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more. All this can make the task of feeding you and your kids healthy snacks a daunting one. Fortunately, there are quick and easy recipes like these honey nut clusters to help you avoid an overload of pre-packaged foods. You can stash a few handfuls in lunchboxes, backpacks, or purses. Or enjoy a handful stirred into your dairy-free yogurt for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Honey Nut Clusters Snack Recipe (Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free) - healthy, plant-based, with lightly chewy and crunchy options

Honey Nut Clusters are a Sweet Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Snack

These slightly chewy honey nut clusters can be made on the stove top alone in a matter of minutes, or you can use the crunchy clusters option. You can also swap the almonds or raisins, to make these honey nut clusters suitable for most tastes.

This is also a great recipe for getting the kids involved. They can pick their own healthy mix-ins, and help break up the clusters and stir in the dried fruit. Older kids can even make this recipe themselves!

Special Diet Notes: Honey Nut Clusters

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Honey Nut Clusters
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Please note that the Prep time is hands-on time only. You will need to allow time for the clusters to cool before handling.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 cups
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread or coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey (can sub agave nectar for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly salted almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups crispy brown rice cereal (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 2 cups black raisins
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  1. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Melt the buttery spread or oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the honey, nut butter, and cinnamon and bring to full boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cereal, almonds, and oats.
  4. Immediately spread the mixture out onto the baking sheet, about 1-inch thickness. Separate the mixture into 1-inch clusters.
  5. Let the honey nut clusters cool completely, then sprinkle in the raisins.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for longer storage.
Crunchy Clusters Option: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place the baking sheet with the clusters in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir, col completely, then toss with the raisins.
Not a Raisin Fan? You can substitute dried blueberries, cranberries, or other chopped, dried fruit, if preferred. Or skip the fruit altogether!

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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