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CARROT CAKE GRANOLA

Valentine’s Day has now (thankfully) come and gone. Which means that it’s time for grocery carts everywhere to start glowing orange as we celebrate this most wonderful time of the year — Carrot Cake Season!

I’m pretty sure that I’d be best buds with Bugs Bunny, because I get a little too excited about carrots and carrot cake and anything else that I can make taste like carrot cake. Last year, some of you might remember that I shared back-to-back recipes for the (humbly-named) Best Carrot Cake, as well as a killer Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake. And since I generally test my baking recipes at least a handful of times before posting them on the blog, it’s safe to say that last spring was filled with so much carrot cake. Which was not a problem. 🙂

Carrot Cake Granola – an easy, healthy granola recipe…

prep time: 10 MINUTES | cook time: 25 MINUTES | total time: 35 MINUTES | yield: 6 -8 SERVINGS

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if making this GF)
  • 1 cup grated or shredded carrots
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • (optional) 1/2 cup shaved or shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the oats, carrots, pecans, walnuts, coconut (if using), maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves together in a large mixing bowl. Toss well until combined.
  3. Spread the mixture out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, pulling the mixture out at the halfway point and giving it a good stir before the final round of baking. Remove and let cool until the granola reaches room temperature. Then add raisins and toss to combine.
  4. Enjoy immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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