Carrot Cake Granola with Coconut Nectar
Our carrot cake granola with coconut nectar is almost like eating vegetables for breakfast! And using coconut nectar keeps in low on the glycemic index.
If carrot cake is your favorite springtime dessert, but you draw the line at eating it for breakfast, our carrot cake granola with coconut nectar will fill the bill. It’s almost like eating vegetables for breakfast! And if you don’t know, organic coconut nectar syrup is a lightly sweet syrup that’s collected by hand from coconut palm blossoms. The result is a delicious syrup that’s lower on the glycemic index than other sweeteners. In addition, coconut nectar is rich in essential nutrients. So not only is it low in sugar, our recipe is filled with good-for-you fats from nuts and coconut oil. This granola works just as well as a serving of cereal or to top yogurt or ice cream. Roasting dehydrates the carrots and brings out their natural sweetness and the warm flavors of toasty oats and nuts are almost as comforting as an actual slice of cake.
One of the best things about making your own granola is that you can adjust the ingredients and recipes to taste exactly the way you like them. But we do hope you’ll enjoy this granola with organic coconut nectar syrup recipe just as it is. All that’s missing is a dollop of cream cheese frosting! Hmm…
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup raw walnuts chopped
- 1 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- Stir all of the ingredients, except the raisins and orange zest, together in a large mixing bowl. Mix well to incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Spread the mixture evenly on an ungreased baking sheet. Place it into a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Stir the mixture halfway through the baking time.
- Remove from oven and place baking sheet on a cooling rack.
- When the granola cools to room temperature, and mix in the raisins and orange zest.
- Finally, store cooled granola in an airtight container for up to two weeks.