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Crispy Puffed Rice and Nut Clusters

  • Author: Anne
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 23 mins
  • Yield: 6 1/2 cup servings 1x


Crispy Puffed Rice and Nut Clusters are slightly sweet, savory, and crispy. They are gluten free and perfect for snacking on.



  • 6 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups organic puffed rice
  • 1 cup whole raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup walnut halves or pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Line  a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place the puffs and nuts into a large bowl and set it aside
  4. Place the syrup, garlic powder, and salt into a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  5. Reduce the heat and cook on low for 5 minutes more,  stir in the vinegar and the arrowroot powder stirring while cooking until mixture thickens.
  6. Pour the liquid mixture over the nuts and puffed rice and mix well.
  7. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking sheet evenly and pat it down
  8. Sprinkle the mixture with sesame seeds.
  9. Bake for approximately 8 minutes until the mixture begins to turn brown.
  10. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes to allow the mixture to crisp up.
  11. Break into pieces and enjoy!


Try swapping out the nuts and seeds in this recipe for: pecans, almonds, pepitas, chia seeds or quinoa.

Add 1/2 cup of coconut flakes or dried fruit such as raisins or craisins to the mixture.

Replace the maple syrup with an equal amount of honey.


  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Puffed Rice Clusters