Homemade Carrot Cake Granola

A recipe that transforms carrot cake into granola form!

It’s Sunday Funday so time for a story! My father (great guy) loves toppings, condiments, anything that you put on top of your food or dip your food in. May sound weird, but for him it’s quite normal. He’s always topping his yogurt (especially) with nuts, cereal, granola, anything of that sort. A few weeks ago when I made my Strawberry Oat Crumble Bars I had some leftover crumbles and he used them all to top his yogurt with and was begging me to make him more. At this point you may be able to tell where the idea for this recipe came from 😉

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I’ve been working hard on trying to make use of everything in the house before I go buy new things that I don’t necessarily NEED. I have been seeing a lot of carrot cake inspired meals on my feed lately such as carrot cake oats, muffins, and loaves so I figured I would hop onto the trend with something a little different. PLUS, I had carrots that needed used up, how perfect!

Granola mixture spread out on baking sheet

Ingredients

What you will need…

  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2-1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 large carrot (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
Final Product!

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Spread the mixture out evenly across the baking sheet.
  4. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven making sure to stir the granola.
  5. Depending on how crispy you want the granola, place it back in the oven for 15-20 more minutes or until you’ve reached desired crispness.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 10+ minutes. Granola will crisp up as it cools!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did (my dad approves too)! If you give this recipe a try, don’t forget to leave me a comment or feedback down below & tag me in your photos on social media @eatnaturalwithnat!

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