Carrot Cardamom Granola

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Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

I love breakfast. Not just because it is the first meal of the day, but also the most important meal of the day. I have been looking into healthy breakfast alternatives to the cereal that the husband has at least 4 days a week. He loves his bowl of granola with almond milk for breakfast. It was during my weekly visit to the farmer’s market, I found some fresh carrots. I have been thinking about trying out this recipe with carrots as a sugar base for a savory and healthy version of granola.  That is when I decided to make carrot granola and the result is this blog post 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 Carrot (large)
  • 2 cups Rolled oats
  • ½ cup Hemp seeds
  • ½ cup Sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup Pistachios
  • ½ cup Almonds (with skin)
  • ½ cup Coconut chips
  • ¼ cup Flax seeds
  • ¼ cup Dates (pitted)
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
  • 1 Apple (medium)
  • 6-8 Cardamom

Serves 6-7

Cook time  35-40 min

Prep time 20 min

Passive time  5 min

Recipe level Intermediate

Spice level 0 (On a scale of 0 to 6)

Shelf life 3-4 weeks in an air tight jar.

Serving suggestion With warm or cold milk

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Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Peel the carrot and wrap it with tin foil and place it in the oven for 60 min.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Boil a cup of water in a deep pot and add one diced apple, cut into 1 inch cubes.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • In the meantime, put the almonds into a food processor and crush for 2-3 pulses until they are broken into pieces.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add oats, hemp seeds, almonds and sunflower seeds to a large bowl.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the fresh pitted dates, diced into small pieces to the bowl. Mix well.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Grind the flax seeds to a fine powder and add to the mixing bowl.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add half of the pistachios to the bowl.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Take the carrot out of the oven and puree to a smooth texture. Add some water if needed.
  • In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil. Add the carrot puree and cook for 2-3 min on low heat.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Pour the carrot mix over the dry ingredients and mix well. 

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Remove the cardamom seeds from the pods and grind them to a coarse powder and add to the mixing bowl.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • The apples boiling in the pot would become translucent.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Mash well to make apple sauce. Add half of the sauce to the bowl and mix well.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Heat the oven to 350 F (175 C) . Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Pour the granola mix onto the baking tray and bake for about 25-30 min. Mix well every 10 minutes, so the outer edges of the granola do not get burnt.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool for about 10-15 min.
  • Toast the coconut flakes for 1-2 min in a sauce pan on medium to low heat.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the coconut flakes and rest of the pistachios to the granola mixture and mix well.
  • Transfer to air tight containers or mason jars.

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Carrot Cardamom Granola: Healthy carrot oats granola, flavored with cardamom. No refined sugars or added sweeteners. Quick and easy. Perfect for breakfast or as a healthy snack that you can adapt and customize. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Notes:

  • Check the granola every 10 min so they don’t get burnt. Baking time differs based on the type of oven used.
  • You can use beets instead of carrots for a different flavor.
  • Store rest of the apple sauce in an air tight jar for future use.

Hope you enjoy making this healthy granola !

Much love 🙂

Sneha

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