Carrot Cake Granola, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits – Easter Blog Hop with #Evite

The hills are green and the days are getting longer. Yes, springtime is right around the corner and with that comes… Easter! I love celebrating Easter Sunday with a brunch. It is an easy way to gather with family and friends after Sunday services. Easy because everything is done ahead. Now that is my kind of party menu!

Easter Parfaits

Evite invited me to join them in an Easter Blog Hop, and I jumped at the opportunity! Their idea was for nine creative bloggers to share with their readers an Easter party idea that costs under $35 and is inspired by one of the Easter Evites.  So welcome to the readers that have hopped on over from Fizzy Party!

I took my inspiration from Evite’s Hop On Over invite.

Hop On Over Evite

Something about this cute little bunny surrounded with flowers and carrots got me to thinking about carrot cake! And knowing that I am planning on a brunch this year, I got to thinking about carrot cake granola, and then to carrot cake granola, and fresh pineapple, and Greek yogurt fruit parfaits. See how my mind works?

Carrot Cake Granola, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

The granola is so easy to make. And as you look at the ingredients you will see that this is a pretty healthy version of granola.

Carrot Cake Granola Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded (coarsely grated carrots) – reserved
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins

carrot cake granola

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F.
  2. Fully line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Measure the oats and puffed rice into a large bowl, set aside.
  4. Mix together shredded carrots and maple syrup, set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, finely grated carrot, agave nectar, coconut extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until very smooth.
  6. Pour wet ingredients over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.carrot cake granolacarrot cake granola
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove sheet from the oven, stir the nuts, reserved shredded carrots, and flaked coconut into the granola, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp.
  8. Remove granola from the oven, toss with raisins, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.carrot cake granola

Let me tell you, this granola is super yummy and it makes the whole house smell delicious as it bakes in the oven. The cinnamon and nutmeg, mixed with the sweetness of the coconut and raisins – oh my! You have crunchy and chewy and a whole lot of deliciousness in every bite.

To make the yogurt parfaits you simply need to layer the fruit, I chose pineapple because I feel that it perfectly complements the carrots and pecans, with the Greek yogurt and Carrot Cake Granola. There are a number of different flavored Greek yogurts that would pair well with this granola. I chose plain because that is what I like best. But think about the possibilities – vanilla, coconut, pineapple, honey, cheesecake. So many options!

IMG_6272Carrot Cake Granola, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

So delicious!

And in keeping with the spirt of easy and make ahead. The granola will be made the day before and my guest will be building their very own parfaits. I will round out the menu with my:

roasted veggie egg ritatta

Now hop on over to Grey Grey Designs to see what Brittany has planned!

Here is an Easter table setting of mine from the past found at Planning an Easy Easter Dinner

Easter Table

How do you plan on celebrating Easter? Evite makes it easy to gather with your family and friends.

This post is in collaboration with Evite.com and their Evite Influencer Program. #EviteEasterBlogHop #Evite

And here is your printable version of this oh-so-good

Carrot Cake Granola

Carrot Cake Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded (coarsely grated carrots) - reserved
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F.
  2. Fully line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Measure the oats and puffed rice into a large bowl, set aside.
  4. Mix together shredded carrots and maple syrup, set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, grated carrot, agave nectar, coconut extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until very smooth.
  6. Pour wet ingredients over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Spread mixture on the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove sheet from the oven, stir the nuts, shredded carrots, and flaked coconut into the granola, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown and crisp.
  8. Remove granola from the oven, toss with raisins, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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60 Replies to “Carrot Cake Granola, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits – Easter Blog Hop with #Evite”

  1. I LOVE your photo styling! That’s definitely something I’d like to improve on in my blog. Do you have any tips?

    Be the author of your own story,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

  2. Gorgeous photography! I have always loved carrot cake, but never tried it in the form of granola. This is a must in my future! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I am still learning how to take the right pictures.

  3. I have NEVER had carrot cake granola. It sounds actually very delicious. Nice Easter spread!

    1. Thank you, Krystal. It is a collection of some of my favorites.

  4. I love everything about your Easter brunch! I have never done and evite, great idea! I love your carrot cake granola! The tables-cape is just perfect for a lovely Brunch

    1. Thanks, Eileen! I love hosting brunches.

  5. carrot cake granola sounds perfect! I love carrot cake so granola would be a healthier alternative.:)

    1. It is a healthy twist on carrot cake for sure! Enjoy!

  6. Love this, looks like such a great recipe and fun Easter ideas!

    1. Thank you, Emily. I love springtime!

  7. this recipe looks so tasty and not something I would have put together. Carrot cake with the granola sounds amazing – must try!

    1. We love this granola! And it is a pretty healthy version.

  8. This looks fantastic. I also love Easter and spring.

    1. Thanks, Happy Easter, Karissa!

  9. This granola looks sooo good!!!

    1. Thanks, Jamie!

  10. Omg these look so yummy!!!!!! I’m going to have to give these a pin so I can try them myself!!!

    1. Enjoy! You will love it!

  11. Yum! What a great idea to add carrot to the granola! I am going to have to try that! I love evite as well, so many people seem to be using that for birthday parties recently, it makes my life a little easier!

    1. Yes, both the recipe and Evite are super easy!

  12. I love carrot cake! I bet this granola is just as good as the actual cake!

    Southern Soul

    1. The granola has a wonderful essence of carrot cake!

  13. Oh wow these look so delicious!! I love granola, never usually use it in this way so I’ll try it out 🙂 thanks!

    1. We love this version! Not too sweet but full of yum!

  14. I love the granola idea. Looks so good and healthy! I don’t have much planned for Easter this year yet. Just a hunt so far.

    1. Oh, a hunt sounds fun! Enjoy!

  15. Wow, how yummy looking are these. I love carrot cake and this is just a great way to do something different with it.

    1. It is a fun and healthy twist!

  16. I love the look of those parfaits! so delish – we haven’t got much planned for easter this year but I am going to try and muster up some decent food!!

    1. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy!

  17. Stacey this looks delicious. I love carrot cake and I never thought to make it a granola.

    1. It’s a super treat!

  18. Carrot cake and granola, such a fabulous combination. You get the crunch and the sweetness all in one delicious breakfast treat.

    1. Yes, you do!

  19. That looks so delicious and perfect for a Spring gathering. Yum! That reminds me, I need to send out an evite. 🙂

  20. We love a good carrot cake recipe! Thanks for participating!

    1. Me, too! I love anything carrot cake! And I loved participating in the blog hop! So many great ideas for Easter.

  21. I really love your recipes, they are so easy to follow. Your photos are also great, everything looks so delicious

    1. Ah thanks! I am glad that they are easy to follow!

  22. Oh this looks absolutely delicious. I’ll be making these FOR SURE! 🙂

    1. Enjoy, Kait!

  23. I can’t wait for Easter!!
    Snagging this carrot cake granola fruit parfaits recipe for a perfect little treat for the kids.
    They are going to love it 🙂
    I will have to try it first “just to make sure” 🙂

    1. Enjoy!

  24. This looks awesome!

    I’d love to attend this Easter party.

    1. Thanks!

  25. What a delicious parfait it looks like a wonderful snack or desert to have at a party or even on the go! So simple to make as well which is always good.

    1. Yes, it is quick and easy to put together.

  26. These even look pretty! Great addition to an Easter brunch.

    1. Thanks! We love them for a healthy snack well.

  27. There is so many wonderful ideas to celebrate Easter that I got from different bloggers…your post included! I think I will make this delicious and healthy Carrot Cake Granola Recipe for my family! I think they will enjoy it!

    1. Thanks! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

  28. You’re SO right about doing food ahead of time. Makes the party SO much easier! Love the selections you have for a brunch! Yum!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

    1. Thanks, Karen! I am all about prepping ahead.

  29. This is a brilliant way to have an Easter treat! And adding the pineapple is a fun and juicy twist!

    1. We love the addition of the pineapple!

  30. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says: Reply

    Oh yum! That sounds so good. I eat stuff like this for breakfast all the time 🙂 NOM.

    1. Me, too! I love this granola anytime 🙂

  31. Hi Stacey, what a great granola you created, we love Easter here, every year trying to make it sweeter than the last year, great selection of food for everyone.

    1. Thanks, Cheri! I am really looking forward to spending the day with family and maybe an afternoon hike through the green hills. Happy Easter to you!

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