Carrot Cake Granola

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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.  :)

This year, though, I thought I’d kick off the season with a slightly healthier spin on the classic — Carrot Cake Granola.  It’s naturally-sweetened, naturally gluten-free and vegan, made with real carrots, and perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to sneak a slice of carrot cake for breakfast.

Let’s make some!

Carrot Cake Granola | gimmesomeoven.com

I actually had the idea for this granola as I was making a different carrot cake recipe this week (stay tuned), and was trying to figure out what to do with my leftover carrot shavings.  I wasn’t quite sure what would happen if I baked them, but I figured it was worth a try to see.
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So I tossed them together with some oats, lots of nuts (pecans + walnuts), coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil, and a handful of carrot cake spices.Carrot Cake Granola 8

Most colorful granola ever, eh?

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Then I baked them up…Carrot Cake Granola | gimmesomeoven.com

…and afterwards, tossed the mixture with some raisins.Carrot Cake Granola | gimmesomeoven.com

The result?  Crazy good.

I was aiming to save the leftovers to share with some friends who are staying with us this weekend, but can’t seem to stop snacking on the stuff.  It’s sweet, but not too sweet.  It’s packed with protein with those nuts.  And it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy the classic flavors of carrot cake all day long.

Stay tuned, because I’m so not off this carrot cake kick yet… :)

Carrot Cake Granola | gimmesomeoven.com

Carrot Cake Granola

This carrot cake granola recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free and vegan, and it celebrates the flavors we all love in carrot cake!

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

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

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.

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.

Enjoy immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

*If you'd prefer to just use one kind of nuts, you can either use 2 cups of pecans or 2 cups of walnuts.  If you don't like raisins, you can just omit them.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Madeline — February 20, 2015 @ 5:44 am (#)

    Yes! Ever since you posted try outs of this on Twitter I was hoping to see a recipe soon. Looks absolutely delish!

  2. Annie @ Annie's Noms — February 20, 2015 @ 6:04 am (#)

    Oh my word – this is just GENIUS!!! I’m a granola monster, but I’ve never thought to make a carrot cake version – I must have this!!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 20, 2015 @ 6:05 am (#)

    It is totally time to carrot cake all the things!! I actually just bought carrot cake coffee.
    But, it doesn’t take like carrot cake. Sad day.
    Good thing I have this for breakfast instead! Pinned!

  4. Sarah — February 20, 2015 @ 7:18 am (#)

    I love granola! I am definitely going to try this recipe

  5. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — February 20, 2015 @ 10:54 am (#)

    YAYYY!!! I’m on a quest for no refined sugar recipes and you are totally making my day right now. PINNED!

  6. danielle — February 20, 2015 @ 11:13 am (#)

    I need this!!  What a great idea.

  7. Catherine — February 20, 2015 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    This is a great idea and I know it would go well with so many things, not to mention to eat as is!! Delicious and nutritious.  xo Catherine 

  8. Sam @ PancakeWarriors — February 20, 2015 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    Carrot cake is my absolute favorite. I’m going to make this asap because well it’s screaming my name!! I love granola and this sounds heavenly!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Kristen @ Glow On — February 20, 2015 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    Great recipe! I am obsessed with the carrot cake from The Cheesecake Factory. Looks like I might be able to make a healthy swap now :)
    http://www.getchaglowon.com

  10. Andrea — February 20, 2015 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    Carrot cake is 100% my fav dessert ever so I am obsessed with this way of being able to eat those flavors 24/7.
    Yay! 

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 21, 2015 @ 12:48 am (#)

    I love carrot cake, I know I’d inhale this granola!

  12. Emily @ Life on Food — February 21, 2015 @ 5:55 am (#)

    I so enjoy carrot cake season!! And this granola looks excellent!  What a great idea!

  13. Laura Dembowski — February 21, 2015 @ 7:17 am (#)

    Granola is the best!  But it’s so fun to mix it up with new, exciting flavors.  Love this!

  14. Amy Basso @ Amy's Apron — February 21, 2015 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    Finally, a really unique, different granola recipe! Looks fabulous!

  15. Courtney — February 21, 2015 @ 8:43 pm (#)

    This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates — February 22, 2015 @ 1:22 am (#)

    carrot cake granola was a genius idea! Yummy!

  17. Celeste @The Whole Serving — February 23, 2015 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    Wow, this looks so tasty, will have to make a batch-I love carrot cake, and your photos are over the top beautiful!
    Pinned 

  18. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls — February 25, 2015 @ 12:13 am (#)

    Mmm, carrot cake is my favourite! How wonderful that you’ve put it into granola form! Now I can have it for breakfast too! Thanks, Ali

  19. Lori Vaughn — March 2, 2015 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Literally having dreams about this granola right now. I made it last night, and it’s so tasty! It was my first homemade granola experience. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish it in two weeks, but it’s looking like I won’t have any problems. 

  20. Bengt — March 20, 2015 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    I just tried this one out and found it great for breakfast together with plain yoghurt or Greek yoghurt.It takes you thru the half of the day.
    I just reduced slightly the maple syrup and added a small amount of honey instead.Thanks Ali! I also added a little bit more carrots and it came out so deliciously.

    • Ali — March 21st, 2015 @ 10:57 am

      Thanks for giving it a try, and granola with Greek yogurt is my favorite! Great combo. : )

  21. Yese — August 22, 2015 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    Did you add cloves? Your ingredients don’t mention them but your instructions did.

    • Ali — August 27th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

      Oops, thanks for catching that typo! Yes, cloves are optional — you can add in a pinch if you’d like. Enjoy!

  22. Vonnie Greene — February 17, 2016 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    Very unfortunate the nutritional values are not posted on any of your recipes for those of us who are required to know them for a particular disease.  Some sound great, but useless!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 8:14 am

      Hi Vonnie! The reason we currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site is that the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate. We never want to publish anything that might be misleading, especially if someone has a disease. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate.

  23. Becky — February 21, 2016 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it is absolutely amazing! I didn’t have cinnamon in my cupboard (I know, how does that even happen?! ) so I modified and used pumpkin pie spice in place of the recommended spices and it still turned out fantastic. We are excited to use these granola recipes in place of cereal from now on!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2016 @ 9:43 am

      Thank you Becky! And we’re so glad to hear it worked well with the pumpkin pie spice! :D