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Breakfast Gluten-Free Vegan

Carrot Cake Granola

I can’t believe this week is finally here! It’s our wedding week! Travis and I have been engaged for about one year and a half, and after so many months of wedding planning and thinking about our special day, we are both thrilled that it’s here.

We are getting married in Boston (where I grew up) on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and flying from Boston to Greece for our honeymoon a few days later. If you’ve been to Greece and have any recommendations with us, be sure to let me know! I know the next week is going to be a whirlwind, and I am going to do my best to soak it all up.

If you love carrot cake, then you're going to love this healthy Carrot Cake Granola! It's gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious carrot cake flavor. Eat it with yogurt, milk, or just on its own! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…food!

I’ve been on a major granola kick recently. After months of regularly making my favorite Cardamom Granola, I decided to change things up a bit. For this new granola recipe I wanted to make something reminiscent of my all-time favorite dessert: carrot cake.

If you love carrot cake, then you're going to love this healthy Carrot Cake Granola! It's gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious carrot cake flavor. Eat it with yogurt, milk, or just on its own! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This granola has all of the essential elements of a good carrot cake (minus the frosting, of course!). It’s packed with freshly grated carrots, walnuts, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It’s also an ideal recipe for anyone with dietary restrictions because it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.

If you love carrot cake, then you're going to love this healthy Carrot Cake Granola! It's gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious carrot cake flavor. Eat it with yogurt, milk, or just on its own! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you love carrot cake like I do, then I know you’re going to love this carrot cake granola. Serve it on top of yogurt, with milk, or just snack on it right out of the container!

 

Carrot Cake Granola
 
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Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup unsalted pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted walnuts, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves (optional)
  • ⅛ cup maple syrup
  • ⅛ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, grated carrots, pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves (optional). In a separate small bowl mix together the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the maple syrup mixture into the bowl with the oats and carrots, and toss until well combined.
  3. Spread the mixture out evenly on the lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, rotating the pan and stirring the granola halfway through the baking time. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool until the granola reaches room temperature. Then add raisins and toss to combine. Store the granola in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
 

If you love carrot cake, then you're going to love this healthy Carrot Cake Granola! It's gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious carrot cake flavor. Eat it with yogurt, milk, or just on its own! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast

Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins

This will be the first year in as long as I can remember that I am not going home to Boston for Passover. I’ve always loved Passover (despite the whole not eating bread for 8 days thing) because, for me, it’s always meant a big gathering of friends and family. On the first two nights of Passover it is customary to host or attend a seder, which is the Jewish dinner that marks the beginning of the eight days of Passover.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Passover begins at sunset this coming Monday, April 10th. For the first time, Travis and I will be hosting our own Passover seder at our apartment. I am both nervous and excited!

I’m nervous because for my entire life my Mom has always made the traditional Jewish feast, so cooking a lot of these dishes is new for me. I’ll be making a few of her recipes, and I want to make sure I do them justice. And I’m excited because in some sense it marks the beginning of Travis and I starting our own Jewish traditions together here in Los Angeles.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Every year my mom makes this delicious Matzoh Granola. To be honest, I like it even more than regular granola, and I always ask her to pack me a bag of it to bring back to Los Angeles. (I usually end up devouring most of it on the plane, though…)

I finally tried my hand at making her Passover Matzoh Granola for myself, but made a few healthy tweaks, of course. I used whole wheat matzoh in this recipe, but you’re welcome to substitute it with gluten-free or regular matzoh if that’s what you have on hand. The spices and vanilla extract add lots of sweetness without the added calories, which is a great bonus.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know I am going to have to make another batch of this matzoh granola before Passover is over because Travis and I have already made a good dent in it!

If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it! It’s a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seder, too.

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins
 
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Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 sheets whole wheat matzoh, crushed into tiny pieces
  • ⅓ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • ⅛ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup golden and regular raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the whole wheat matzoh, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt the honey in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. Stir in the olive oil and vanilla extract. Stir the honey mixture into the matzoh mixture and toss to fully coat.
  4. Spread the mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stir and then bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add the raisins and let the granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
 

Kosher for Passover Matzoh Granola with Honey and Raisins ll This recipe is healthy, low in sugar, and a great way to use up leftover matzoh from your seders! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast Gluten-Free

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins

Holy Moly, I just made the best darn granola.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Basically every day at work I snack on Greek Yogurt. Usually I just add some berries with a pinch of stevia and cinnamon to sweeten, but recently I’ve been craving some crunch.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

After scouring the web for new granola recipes, I wasn’t finding anything that suited my needs. I wanted to keep this version low-sugar, but not lose a lot of sweetness and flavor.

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins Recipe

In one recipe, I spotted cardamom on the ingredient list and thought that was very unique. Most granola recipes stick to the usuals: maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I love cardamom, but I find it stays in my spice cabinet more often than it should, so I decided to pull it out for this batch of granola.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I like my granola chunky, and I recently learned a great tip from America’s Test Kitchen to help keep it that way.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Don’t stir the granola! Every granola recipe I see says to stir the mixture once or twice throughout the baking time. ATK says for chunkier granola clusters, don’t stir the mixture and just wait to break it up once it is completely done baking.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

ATK, you’re a genius…again! My granola turned out chunky – just the way I like it. Now I get spoonfuls of delicious granola clusters with every bite, which is a great contrast against the smooth Greek Yogurt.

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

It is also packed with spice from the cardamom and cinnamon, so I don’t find myself missing the added sugars that you see in typical packaged granola.

I hope you try this granola. It could quite possibly be the best I’ve ever tasted.

 

Cardamom Granola with Almonds, Pistachios, and Raisins
 
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted pistachios
  • ⅛ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt*
  • ¼ cup real honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins (or any other dried fruit)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. In a small microwavable bowl add the honey and heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add the olive oil and vanilla to the honey and stir to combine. Pour the honey mixture over the oat and nut mixture. Stir so that honey coats the oat mixture.
  3. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then add the raisins. Carefully stir the granola a few times to break it into desired sized chunks. Allow to cool completely and store in an air-tight container.
Notes
*If you only can find salted nuts, omit the salt from the recipe.
 

This Cardamom Granola with Almonds and Pistachios is incredibly addicting! It's Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, and Vegan. Eat it on top of yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or just by the handful. You're going to love it! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com