Ahh…another granola recipe!!!
Trust me this is a good one….and I kind of see it as a kind of mascot for the website…well, the carrots portion at least! We’ve got loads of other chocolate recipes to take care of the chocolate portion. Haha! I’m a chocoholic…what can I say?!?
The carrot flavor is just carried over to the granola for its sweetness.
There’s not a tasting hint of vegetable in this bowl.
Carrot Cake Granola
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 2 cups brown rice crisp
- 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup natural unsweetened apple sauce (or baby food)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 cup raisins
- Place two oven racks on the top and bottom 1/3 of the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 300°.
- Set aside two baking sheets with sides lined with a silpat liner, parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, combine both oats, puffed wheat, and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, combine the apple sauce, honey, brown sugar, canola oil, vanilla extract and carrots.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Pour the granola on the baking sheets, splitting evenly between the two baking sheets.
- With a silicone spatula (or any other flat tool), push down the granola to make a compact, flat and even layer of granola.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven for 20 minutes (one on the top, one on the bottom).
- While that is in the oven, chop your nuts and combine them in a bowl and set aside.
- With a large spatula flip over the granola, cut the larger clumps in half and add the nuts to the baking sheet.
- Bake for another 20 minutes stir around and break up any clumps that wouldn’t fit in one bite.
- Bake for a final 20-30 minutes, until completely dry and golden brown.
- Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheets.
- Once cool, add in the dried fruit.
- Store in airtight containers and enjoy with milk, on your yogurt, ice cream or in your pancakes!
Needless to say, my husband was so excited when he got home and smelled the granola…he poured himself a bowl.
It didn’t last long.