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Best Apple Dumplings with Big Apple Granola

September is here and we hope you’re getting to enjoy some beautiful fall weather! September is a great time for apple picking and apple harvest festivals for those lucky enough to have orchards around them. Apple dumplings are a great way to enjoy the spoils of your apple picking efforts either at the orchard or the grocery store. Try our “best apple dumplings” recipe made with Big Apple Granola for a new spin on a classic treat.

Ingredients:

Dumplings:

  • 4 baking apples (we like gala, granny smith, or honey crisp, but this varies based on sweetness/tartness preference)
  • 1 cup Big Apple granola 
  • ¼ cup brown or coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package refrigerated pie crust (2 count)

Sauce:

  • 1 cup packed brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter, cubed

Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, divided into yolk and white 
  • 1 tablespoon water

Optional Toppings:

  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350°F. 
  2. Butter/grease a 13×9 baking pan.
  3. On a large cutting board or work surface, cut apples in half, peel and core inside. Scoop out middle of apple to accommodate about an 1/8 cup filling.
  4. In a small bowl, mix granola, sugar, yogurt, melted butter, and cinnamon.
  5. Prep egg wash by beating egg white mixture in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat and mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water
  6. On work surface/cutting board, open pie crusts and cut each in half.   
  7. Using a pastry brush, coat pie crust halves with the beaten egg white.
  8. Place apple halves on the center of each pie crust section.
  9. Spoon granola filling on top of each apple (it will mound a bit on top of the apple).
  10.  Pull up pie crust sides over the apple/granola mixture and pinch off any excess pie crust. Either fold over crust and pinch to seal or use a fork to gently press seams to seal.
  11.  Place apple dumplings in greased 13×9 pan.
  12.  Using pastry brush to coat the dumplings in egg yolk wash mixture.
  13.  In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, water, and butter to a boil.  Stir to ensure it is well blended.
  14.  Pour sauce over apple dumplings and place pan in the oven
  15.  Bake at 350°F for approximately 50 minutes until the dumplings are golden brown.
  16.  Allow the best apple dumplings to cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Easy Back-to-School Snacks With Little Red Wagon Granola

It’s that time of year again: we’ve traded summer picnics for school pickups and lazy days for crazy ones. While back-to-school time can be exciting, we know it’s also a bit stressful. As your schedules begin to fill up with after-school activities and you’re rushing out the door in the mornings, it can be tough to find a breather. So in the spirit of ease and convenience (two necessities for family meal prep), here are three easy back-to-school snacks you can make to enjoy at home or on the go.

Back-to-school snack #1: A new twist on an old classic 

Who doesn’t love a good “ant on a log”? It’s a timeless classic we all grew up enjoying, so why not pass the tradition down—but maybe with a bit of a twist.

Your typical ant on a log usually consists of a few strips of celery, a healthy dose of peanut butter, and a couple raisins sprinkled on top. But why not swap out the raisins for a little extra fiber crunch? Our Crunchy Monkey granola has the perfect sweetness to balance out the richness of the peanut butter. 


Plus, with prep time lasting practically seconds, this snack can free up some time during your packed schedule. 

Back-to-school snack #2: A sweet treat for sour days 

Let’s face it, some days just aren’t as great as others. Whether it’s a particularly hard test at school, or the typical growing pains of adolescence, our kids will need a special pick-me-up every now and then. So for the days when smiles aren’t shining as bright, these Magic Bars will bring a little joy and sweetness.

You can bake the Magic Bars ahead of time, and store them away in an air-tight container for a rainy day. Or, better yet, carve out some space for a little extra love and support while baking the bars together!

(These easy back-to-school snacks call for our classic Original Granola, the tried-and-true flavor that started it all) 

Back-to-school snack #3: A cereal you can feel good about 

A short trip down the breakfast cereal aisle leaves most parents feeling overwhelmed and disappointed. With hard-to-read and sickly sweet ingredient lists, it’s hard to find an option that doesn’t leave you feeling bad about the short lived energy high and the inevitable sugar crash you know is headed your kids’ way.

Luckily, granola is a healthier alternative that makes it so the beloved cereal breakfast or after-school bowl doesn’t have to go missing from our kids’ lives (or our own)!

A small bowl of granola, packed with a healthy dose of fiber to offset the sugars and good fats to support brain development, can be an easy swap that won’t leave the kiddos bouncing off the walls minutes later.

Want to mix it up? Opt for yogurt instead of milk, or simply snack on the granola as you would any regular trail mix. 

Little Red Wagon Granola: Wherever your snacking takes you

With this many options, there’s no doubt you’ll create dozens of easy back-to-school snacks with Little Red Wagon Granola, so make sure to pick some up today! 

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Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe with Crunchy Monkey Crust

Wow, where has the summer gone? August is upon us and, for some kiddos, school will be starting back again soon. We hope you all have had a joyous summer and are ready to get back into your family’s routine. Sometimes we need a little something special to wrap up the end of summer.  Our easy banana cream pie recipe uses Crunchy Monkey granola to make a delicious crumb crust—it’s the perfect late-summer treat. Try it out for those you love!

Ingredients:

Crust:
Filling:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • Bananas (1 to 2 depending on size)
Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 banana

 

Directions:

Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a food processor or high-performance blender, pulse Crunchy Monkey granola until crumbs form.  
  3. In a small bowl, mix granola crumbs, salt, brown sugar, and butter.
  4. Press the crust into a standard pie plate using fingers or something with a flat bottom such as a measuring cup or spatula.
  5. Bake crust at 350°F for 8-10 minutes until edges are golden. Set aside to cool.
Filling:
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk 5 egg yolks and then add the heavy cream and milk.  Whisk until well blended.
  2. In a small bowl mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt until blended.
  3. Whisk the sugar mixture into the egg mixture in the saucepan.
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer while whisking constantly. We like to start on medium-high and then turn the heat down to medium-low when the mixture looks warm (steam coming off or bubbling). If you want to be more cautious, you can leave the temperature on medium-low; it will just take longer for the mixture to warm.
  5.  Once the mixture is simmering, it will start to thicken. Keep whisking to minimize lumps.
  6. Once the mixture reaches a pudding consistency (won’t drip off a spoon), turn off the heat. Move the pan if using an electric burner, and whisk for an additional 2 minutes to work out any clumps. 
  7. Add butter and vanilla and stir to incorporate.
Pie:
  1.  Slice bananas and add to the bottom of the pie crust.
  2.  Cover with half of the pudding mixture.
  3. Add another layer of bananas and cover with the remaining pudding mixture.
  4.  Smooth the top of the pie and cover and allow to cool in the refrigerator for a few hours (preferably overnight). We told you this was an easy banana cream pie recipe! 
Before serving:
  1.  In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip heavy cream starting on low speed and increase to medium speed. Add in vanilla and sugar one tablespoon at a time. 
  2.  Increase speed to high and stop once stiff peaks have formed.
  3.  Spread half of the cream on top of the pie.
  4.  Slice additional bananas and layer on top of the whipped cream mixture.
  5.  Put additional whipped cream in a piping bag with the preferred pipping tip. Pipe into a decorative pattern. (If you would rather not pipe, you can dollop the whipped cream to enhance the appearance as well.)

This easy banana cream pie recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Sometimes, we even freeze a piece for an extra-hot summer day! 

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Little Red Wagon Granola: Hand Making the Best Granola Since 2004

We think it’s one of life’s simple pleasures to open a new bag of granola. The sweet blend of spices and nuts hits you first—making your mouth water and stomach grumble. The clusters bounce into the bowl and each crunchy, delicious bite is the best granola you’ve ever tasted. At Little Red Wagon Granola, we’ve been hand making these moments since 2004. 

We take making the best granola seriously 

At our company, we have serious fun. Making the best granola is a big deal to us and something that we take seriously from every oat to delivery route. But it’s also fun—something you can tell from our colorful bags to our creative flavors. And while there are a lot of granola clusters in the ring, we think these three reasons separate us from the rest: 

Made by hand, not machines

We like to think you can taste the difference in our handmade granola. Our baking team spreads each cluster from each bag by hand. By choosing to hand spread instead of relying on a machine, we can control the perfect cluster sizes for optimal granola-eating. 

On a mission for holistic health 

Life and granola are meant to be balanced. We’re on a mission for holistic health, which we think makes a difference between good and “the best” granola. If you read our past blogs, you know we’re all about healthy people, a healthy planet, and healthy food. We’re working toward these goals from our company culture and work-life balance to our sustainable packing and wholesome ingredients. 

Family values in every bite 

Finally, we think we have the best granola because you can taste our values. We started small at the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market in North Carolina (some of you may remember us!) with a family-oriented husband and wife team that wanted to create and share delicious granola. We’ve gone through growth and new ownership, but we’re still family-owned and operated. More than this, we treat our customers like family. That’s because each of you is responsible for making our granola what it is.

Crafting the best granola since 2004 

At the end of the day, making the best granola means making it with heart. From hand spreading the clusters to focusing on balance and family values, we pour our values into each and every bag

 

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“Is Granola Good For You?” And Other Top Questions Our Team Answers

When you think of granola, what comes to mind? Crunchy clusters? Salty nuts? Sweet add-ins? In between bites of these delicious clusters, you may wonder: “Is granola good for you?” The Little Red Wagon Granola team knows a thing or two about this balanced snack, so we’re answering this question and more! (Hint: it’s full of goodness). 

 

#1: Is granola good for you? 

We should outline our stance on this question first: we believe everything in life is about balance. So your answer to the question “is granola good for you?” probably depends on what type of granola you’re talking about. While we can’t speak for others, we can speak to our six delicious flavors and why we think granola is good for you: 

 

Good ingredients: A couple of months ago, we outlined the “healthy food” tier of our values. We use the highest quality ingredients in each bag of granola. Plus, they’re sustainably sourced and local when possible. And each cluster has a good-for-you mix of healthy fats, whole grains, and no artificial ingredients. 

 

Good snacking alternative: If your regular snacks include candy or chips, granola is a healthy snacking alternative. It’s versatile enough to be eaten with other healthy foods like plain Greek yogurt. But it’s delicious enough to eat on its own––plus, the healthy fats and protein keep you fuller, longer

 

Good for the soul: When you munch on a flavor like Cosmopolitan or Crunchy Monkey, it’s almost impossible to keep a smile off your face. 

 

#2: What’s in your granola? 

We admit this is related to “is granola good for you,” but we get this question a lot! While each ingredient list varies slightly by flavor, they all have a balanced mix of oats, brown sugar, nuts (like almonds or pecans), fruits (like raisins or bananas), whole wheat flour, butter, eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. We can guarantee that our ingredients are easy to pronounce, sourced sustainably, and of the highest quality we can find. 

 

#3: Where can I find LRWG granola? 

If you’re on the East Coast or in the South, you can find our granola at your local Whole Foods or Fresh Market. (Check out our handy store finder here!). As we work to expand across the rest of the states, you can order granola right here in our online shop

 

#4: Favorite granola recipes? 

Our recipes will have you switching from “is it good for you” to “it’s SO good.” 

 

Oatmeal cranberry cookies with Cosmopolitan 

Easy baked oatmeal with Crunchy Monkey 

Red velvet overnight oats 

Green oatmeal raisin muffins 

Crunchy Monkey banana peanut butter mug cake

Blackberry-lemon granola cookie bars 

 

So, is granola good for you? We sure think so!  

Life’s too short not to eat what makes you happy. But we hope this helps you snack guilt-free! Little Red Wagon Granola is handcrafted with good-for-you ingredients and flavors in every bite! 

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Magic Bars with Little Red Wagon Original Granola

We hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday celebrating our nation’s independence with friends and family.  Backyard cookouts and barbeques are a quintessential part of summer fun and we hope this summer brings you many opportunities to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. Whether you are hosting or a guest, Magic Bars with Original Granola are easy to pull together to share with a group. This recipe is a twist on a classic recipe and will be gone just like “magic.” Carpe Diem or YOLO—we hope you have a great summer ahead 😊!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Original Granola
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick) melted unsalted butter
  • 14 oz (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • One cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips (optional; can be replaced with more semi-sweet chips, another chocolate, or dried fruit)
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 13”x9” baking pan with oil and line with parchment paper.
  • Separate the granola from nuts and fruits. Put nuts and fruits in a separate bowl for later.
  • Pulse granola in a food processer until crumbs form.
  • Mix melted butter and granola crumbs in a bowl.
  • Add crumb mixture to lined 13”x9” baking pan and press to form crust.
  • Pour in sweetened condensed milk and spread across the pan with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and raisins evenly across the pan.
  • Cover with sweetened coconut flakes.
  • Using a piece of parchment paper, press to compress layers a bit.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until edges are golden.
  • Let magic bars cool completely before removing from pan.  Slice into bars and share immediately or store in an airtight container.

Pro tip: Turn these magic bars into an ice cream sandwich by cutting into squares or circles with cookie cutters and adding a scoop of vanilla (or your favorite flavor!) in between. 

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Orange Cosmopolitan Smoothie For Hot Summer Days

Summer is upon us and, with it, fun and adventures. And after the strains and pains of 2020, it seems a momentous time to escape the daily grind. We hope this summer provides you many opportunities to cultivate joy whether it’s visiting with friends and family or getting back to traveling. Above all, we hope they’re filled with joy, connection, and fun––and an Orange Cosmopolitan smoothie in hand! 

In North Carolina, we have already hit the 90s and we assume temperatures are climbing where you live as well. Sometimes, you need a refreshing drink to cool off after adventuring or running errands. This Orange Cosmopolitan smoothie requires some planning (unless you have frozen oranges on hand), but is well worth it! The granola adds heartiness to the blend of fruit and milk. Plus, the frozen oranges mean you don’t need ice and you get a stronger citrus flavor. Try this refreshing smoothie on a hot summer day!

Ingredients

  • 4 mandarin oranges or 2 large oranges (frozen) 
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we love this one!)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Cosmopolitan granola*
  • 1 tablespoons honey or your desired sweetener
  • Optional: whipped cream and granola for garnish

Directions

  1. Peel oranges and place them in the container of your choice in the freezer. Leaving it overnight is easiest, but a few hours should be sufficient.
  2. Add frozen oranges and milk into a blender and blend at medium speed.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla and honey (or desired sweetener) and blend lightly.
  4. Pour in Cosmo granola and blend at high speed until incorporated.
  5. After that, serve immediately and garnish with additional granola or whipped cream.

*Note: The ability to blend in the cranberries and nuts from the granola will depend on your blender. Avoid adding nuts and cranberries if you think your blender may have a challenging time with those ingredients.

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Think You Know How to Eat Granola? Switch Things Up with These 3 Tips

If you’ve been a long-time granola fan like us, you probably have a specific way you indulge in the crunchy treat. Are you a purist and only take your granola with cow’s milk? Or is yogurt and granola the only combination you’ll consider? At Little Red Wagon Granola, we love to mix up our snacking, so we’ve put together a “how to” eat granola with sweet tips from our team. 

I know how to eat granola, don’t I? 

It seems simple enough: pour granola into a bowl, top with milk or yogurt, enjoy. When it comes to how to eat granola, that’s about as classic as you can get. But once you add in the possibilities of dairy-free or plant-based milk or Icelandic versus Greek yogurt, even simple go-tos can become complicated. 

If you’re ready to try something new in your granola routine, the following options are some of our team’s favorites. 

Try it as a unique topping 

Granola is known for its crunch, which makes it a great topping. But instead of sprinkling it over yogurt, try adding those crunchy clusters to ice cream, frozen yogurt, pudding, custard, or even fruit puree. We’re partial to the Cosmopolitan flavor over a citrus sorbet. On a hot summer evening, there’s almost nothing more refreshing.  

Or as the crust to a cheesecake 

These days, tart and cheesecake recipes are all over social media––and we’ve seen some pretty inventive ones! Secretly, we’re crust fans so why not add our favorite snack in the mix? Instead of making an Oreo or graham cracker crust, throw some granola (our favorite is Original, but go crazy!) into a food processor, mix in butter, and pat down into a tart dish or springform pan. From there, the flavor combinations are endless. A blueberry vegan cheesecake with Lemon Drop crust? Perfect. Or what about a chocolate peanut butter tart with Crunchy Monkey crust? You’ll be the envy of the picnic.  

How about in a baked good?

With a few more ingredients and some imagination, you can transform granola into a baked good that will rival any bakery. The distinctive crunch in these clusters, with good-for-you nuts, makes them the perfect addition for baked favorites like granola cookie bars and baked oatmeal. Trust us, you may never go back to your milk-and-granola breakfast again after trying those. 

Our favorite “how to” eat granola? On its own! 

With all that said, you really can’t go wrong with snacking on our granola all by itself. We pride ourselves on unique and delicious flavors that will satisfy you on the go, on their own, or when you need to mix things up. Did our “how to eat granola” tips inspire you? Try all the flavors here

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5 Summer Activities That Pair Perfectly With Our Handmade Granola Flavors

Summertime is full of possibilities. With warmer temps and longer nights, the activities range from long hikes to movie nights. We’re always thinking about the perfect snacks to fuel us for all of summer’s adventures––what better way than with our handmade granola flavors? Here are our top five summer activities and snack pairings. 

 

Hiking fuel that goes the distance

We’ve mentioned before that our handmade granola is full of good-for-you fiber and balanced nutrition. When you’re taking a hike on those hot summer days, you need food that will keep you fueled. Little Red Wagon Granola has the perfect blend of healthy fats, proteins, and carbs to keep you energized mile after mile. We suggest munching on the granola by itself. Try the Original or Lemon Drop, they’re both easy to eat by the handful. Or, make your own trail mix with the chocolate-packed Crunchy Monkey and your choice of nuts, seeds, and other mix-ins. 

 

The perfect picnic pair  

A picnic is a perfect excuse to enjoy good food in nature. Pick your favorite park, trail, or even your backyard to enjoy a spread of delicious, snackable foods. Make it unique with a breakfast picnic complete with yogurt and granola parfaits (we recommend Mocha) or a dessert picnic with an assortment of toppings, including granola crumbles! 

 

Handmade granola for the road 

Road tripping is the ultimate summer adventure. We know it’s easy (and even part of the fun!) to grab unhealthy road snacks, but our handmade granola is the perfect alternative. Bring along the Original flavor (no chocolate means no melting) for the perfect crunch while you play I Spy or sing 99 Bottles. 

 

Park day crunchies 

On those perfect, cloudless days, the park is full of endless summer activities. Whether you’re spending all day at the playground, reading a book in the shade, or riding bikes on a park trail, you’ll need snacks. Our variety pack of handmade granola flavors packs the perfect punch and crunch for an all-day park marathon. Plus, the different flavor choices are sure to satisfy cravings for even the pickiest eaters. 

 

Outdoor movie night go-to

There’s almost nothing better than ending a day of adventuring with a movie under the stars. And, we don’t know about you, but no movie night is complete without snacks in our house. We suggest mixing granola with popcorn for a fun crunch, adding it to ice cream, or making chocolate bark with granola and other fun add-ins. 

For grown-up fun, pair Cosmopolitan with fancy movie drinks or Mocha with an espresso to keep you awake during all-night marathons. 

 

Handmade granola for all summer’s adventures

Summer activities are some of our favorites and are, like most things, made better with snacks. We love to pair our handmade granola flavors in ways the whole family can enjoy, and ways that keep us fueled for the next adventure.  

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Blackberry-Lemon Granola Cookie Bars

Summer is almost upon us and, with it, comes warmer weather and more sunshine. Our Lemon Drop granola makes a great summertime treat on its own. But sometimes your sweet tooth just craves a little bit more. We took the lemon and white chocolate combo one step further by combining it with one of our other favorite summer foods…berries! Our blackberry-lemon granola cookie bars combine the trifecta of summer flavors with blackberry, lemon, and white chocolate. They are a little slice of heaven in a bar. Give it a try!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • one lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Lemon Drop granola
  • 6 oz blackberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a stand mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in thirds and beat until combined.
  4. Fold in granola and blackberries. 
  5. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Use a rubber or silicone spatula to spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle the white chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If you want more of a gooey bar, bake until it is just turning golden around the edges. If you want more of a cookie texture, bake for the entire time or until it is more golden.
  8. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Lift entire parchment paper layer onto cutting board and cut into bars.
  9. Enjoy!

These delicious granola cookie bars can also be frozen to be enjoyed for future snacking!