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Big Apple Granola Muffins

Happy New Year! We hope 2022 is off to a great start for you. The New Year holds so much potential and so many possibilities. It is always a great time to check in on your goals or re-evaluate where you stand with respect to your priorities. Healthy food is one of our key values and we know eating healthy is a big part of starting the New Year right. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we have a great recipe to help you start the day on a great note! Our Big Apple Granola muffins are filled with heart-healthy oats and nuts. The flavor boost from the applesauce helps to cut back on the sugar without sacrificing taste. Nutritious and delicious, that’s a winning combo that will help you conquer your day and your goals for the New Year!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Big Apple Granola, divided into 1 ½ cups and ½ cup reserved for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce (we love this one
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F and either line a 12 tin muffin pan with muffin liners or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix 1 ½ cups granola (you’ll use the rest later), flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend dry mixture with a fork.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, apple sauce, and vanilla with a fork until well combined.  
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter amongst the 12 muffin tins, approximately ¼ cup of batter per tin.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Big Apple Granola on top of the muffin cups.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove the Big Apple granola muffins from pans and allow them to cool prior to serving.
  9. Optional: serve with a dollop of fresh whip cream or your favorite yogurt. 
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Why High Fiber Snacks (Like Granola!) Are Essential For Your Resolutions

After a busy holiday season, it’s finally the new year! January is a time filled with renewed excitement as you start working on your resolutions. But you need the right fuel to achieve big goals, like committing to a new workout class or learning a new skill. High-fiber snacks like granola are an ideal choice, offering health benefits, nourishment, and a full, happy belly.

High Fiber Snacks Help You Stay Full Longer

When you add goals to your to-do list in the new year, you disrupt your normal schedule—making it easy to find yourself skipping meals. Unfortunately, this lack of fuel leaves you in a slump all day, decreasing your chances of achieving those goals. 

Luckily, if you manage to fit in a high fiber breakfast, like our delicious granola, you’ll be ready to tackle the day. High fiber foods, like granola, keep you feeling full longer because they take longer to digest. So when you’re working out or focusing on that new hobby, you won’t be distracted by a grumbly stomach.

Our Fiber-Rich Granola is Packed with Nutrients 

One of the big topics people make resolutions around is a desire to look and feel better than they did in the previous years. They want to feel more energetic and look more youthful and exuberant. Amazingly, our high fiber granola can help you with that as well! 

Little Red Wagon Granola features fruits, nuts, berries, and other nutrient-rich foods. Take our classic Cosmopolitan, for example. This delicious blend features cranberries, almonds, pecans, and orange oil. Cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C, and pecans and almonds are packed with healthy fats. Both of these nutrients help your skin glow!

Fiber-Rich Foods Help Balance Blood Sugar Levels

After a particularly tough workout or a busy morning, it’s normal for blood sugar levels to decrease. This can cause fatigue and a lack of focus, which puts a damper on your day. 

Luckily, the oats we use in our granola are high in beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber. This fiber has been linked to several health benefits, including managing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. So, enjoying a small bowl of granola at lunch or after a workout can be a great way to avoid the afternoon slump.

Achieve Your Resolutions this Year with the Help of Little Red Wagon Granola

At Little Red Wagon Granola, we’re always striving to help our customers look and feel their best. And we believe that with a bit of hard work, and some healthy, fiber-rich fuel, you can achieve even your most challenging resolutions. We’re here with you every step of the way. 

Happy New Year!

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Crunchy Monkey Granola Pancakes

As fall transitions to winter, cool mornings call for a hearty breakfast.  Chocolate, bananas and oats, are a trio made in heaven.  If you are looking for a special breakfast for Christmas morning or something to change up your routine, our Crunchy Monkey Granola Pancakes are a great way to start the day.  

As the year comes to a close, we hope that you have enjoyed having our granola as a part of your day.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to make it for you!  As one year ends and another one starts, we wish you fun, laughter, and great food shared with family and friends.  Best wishes for health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Crunchy Monkey Granola
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 ripe bananas 
  • 1 ½ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp oil

Optional: warm maple syrup, fresh fruit, chocolate chips. whipped cream for serving

Instructions:

  1. Pour cup of Crunchy Monkey Granola into a medium bowl.  Pull out banana chips and reserve for serving.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips.  Blend dry mixture with a fork.
  3. Peel ripe bananas and place in a separate medium bowl.  Mash bananas with a fork.
  4. Add milk, egg, and oil into bananas and stir well to incorporate.
  5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated.
  6. Let mixture set for 15 minutes to make a fluffier pancake.
  7. Cook pancakes for approximately 1 minute each side over medium to medium-low heat.  If you are using very ripe bananas, the heat will need to be lower to prevent burning. 
  8. Serve warm with warm maple syrup, banana chips, and any other toppings that sound delicious!
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How to Dress Up Your Granola for Holiday Activities

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy the holiday season. Some prefer holiday activities involving getting together with family or friends, while others enjoy taking time away to unwind and reconnect. But one thing’s for sure—the best holiday activities usually involve great food. We wanted to share a few delicious granola treats you can spruce up and share or enjoy on your own this holiday season. 

A Bake-Ahead Breakfast for Holiday Hosting

For a hearty, fiber-rich breakfast option, try our easy baked oatmeal recipe. This breakfast is an excellent option for holiday hosts. You can batch-make a big tray to share with a large group. If you’re feeling particularly festive, add in a few holiday sprinkles or swap out the Crunchy Monkey granola for a different flavor like Original or Big Apple. You could also add in some dried cranberries or any other dried fruit or berry you enjoy. 

A Tasty Snack for the Outdoorsy Types  

Some of our favorite holiday memories are days spent playing outside making snowmen, skiing, or hunting for a Christmas tree. If you also find yourself spending a lot of time outdoors for holiday activities, these Magic Bars are a fabulous make-ahead option to bring along. To add a little festive cheer, you can swap out the butterscotch chips for some peppermint chips and add a drizzle of chocolate on top. 

Two Delicious Desserts to Enjoy One-on-One or in a Group

To round out the chilly winter evenings, you can try our Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies or our delicious Apple Dumplings. The cranberry cookies are a great option to bring to a holiday party. They also pair well with a glass of milk (or milk substitute), hot chocolate, or even your favorite decaf tea or coffee. You can even use them in place of sugar cookies for the kids to decorate and leave out for Santa. 

The apple dumplings, on the other hand, make the ideal cozy dessert. You can share them with your partner or enjoy them alone. They’re the perfect treat to devour while snuggling up next to a warm fire and watching a festive holiday movie. 

Delectable Granola Makes Holiday Activities a Delight

At Little Red Wagon Granola, we believe great food brings us together and keeps us connected. Whether your holidays are filled with tons of dinner parties or a simple at-home celebration, we hope this season brings you happiness, love, and a ton of delicious granola treats. 

Shop our collection of unique and healthy granola today. 

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How Women-Owned Businesses Are Leading The Sustainability Charge

Women-owned businesses now represent 42 percent of all businesses in the U.S, and they’re shaping the future of sustainability and best business practices. Little Red Wagon Granola is proud to have had female leaders who’ve made it their mission to provide delicious granola with a purpose. Since the beginning, we’ve kept our business women and family-owned with an emphasis on sustainability.

Little Red Wagon has always been in the ranks of women-owned businesses 

Yolanda Bravo began selling her delicious, homemade granola at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market in North Carolina in 2004. Over the following years, Yolanda and her husband Hank expanded their business along the East Coast and into SE Canada keeping the simple, local ingredients that had granola fans coming back for more. 

When we purchased Little Red Wagon from its founder in early 2020, we knew we had big shoes to fill. Women-owned businesses like Yolanda’s are usually scrappy and innovative and we knew we had something special with this granola company. We stayed committed to Yolanda’s vision, kept women at the helm, stayed family-owned, and continued to create delicious, balanced homemade granola. 

Little Red Wagon Granola’s sustainability goals 

According to the 2020 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report, 54 percent of female leaders say that “beyond financial returns, reducing their carbon footprint is their top measure of success…compared to just 41 percent of men.”  As a family and women owned granola company, we’re committed to making sustainable choices now that leave the planet better for the next generations which is whyhealthy earth” is one of our key values. 

One of the big ways we focus on ensuring a healthy planet is with sustainable packaging. Unfortunately, only 10% of the world’s plastic packaging gets recycled. Which leaves the rest accumulating in landfills, oceans, or in the environment. Our current bags are fully recyclable and from a manufacturer committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and uses non-toxic ink. We hope you will join us in this journey to minimize the use of single-use plastics. 

Supporting women-owned businesses is a double-win 

When you buy from women-owned businesses like Little Red Wagon, you’re getting so much more than a quality product. You’re supporting brands that are passionate, committed, and dedicated to customers. Delicious granola and strong values? We call that a double-win.

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie with Granola Crust

In this season of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for the opportunity to share our granola with you all. We hope this year has given you many things to be thankful for and you get to share the holiday with those near and dear to you. You can’t host a Thanksgiving celebration without pie! If you are looking for a lighter option than traditional pumpkin pie or if oven space is a commodity, try our no bake pumpkin pie with granola crust. It’s a great make-ahead dessert for the big day and the light, creamy pie will hit the spot after turkey and fixings.  

Ingredients:

Crust:

Filling:

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup of milk & 1 tbsp milk (divided)
  • 8 oz whipped topping (thawed)
  • 15 oz pure pumpkin puree 
  • 2 pkg (~3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves

Optional: ½ tsp gelatin fully dissolved in 1 tbsp water 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or high-powered blender, pulse granola until it’s finely blended. Add in melted butter and pulse to incorporate.
  2. Press granola mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and around the edges. Come back with a flat-bottomed measuring cup or flat metal utensil. Press granola to pack in firmly to prevent a crumbly crust.
  3. Freeze crust while prepping filling.
  4. In a stand mixer (or hand mixer) beat cream cheese, sugar, and 1 tbsp milk with a whisk attachment until blended. Add in half of the whipped topping and blend until incorporated.
  5. Spread whipped cream mixture evenly onto granola pie crust.
  6. Clean stand mixer bowl or swap bowls. Whisk pumpkin, dry pudding mixes, spices, and 1 cup of milk. Mix for approximately 2 minutes or until pudding mix thickens.
  7. Spread pumpkin mixture over cream cheese mixture and level.
  8. Refrigerate pie for 12 hours or overnight.
  9. Dollop remaining whipped topping on the no bake pumpkin pie or pipe decorations as preferred right before serving.  
  10.  Optional: If you prefer to pipe, stabilizing the whipped cream with gelatin will help the whipped cream hold its shape.
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3 Fall Activities To Do While Munching On Our Crunchy Granola

The weather’s cooler, the days are shorter, and the streets are filled with the sound of crunching leaves and happy kids returning home from school. We’ve even spotted a pumpkin or two in the shops. That’s right; fall is officially here! Fall is arguably our favorite season at Little Red Wagon Granola. It’s a special time filled with family, friends, and lots of outdoor activities. Today, we thought we’d share some of our favorite ways to take advantage of the season while enjoying some delicious, crunchy granola along the way. 

Hunt for Apples, Then Enjoy Your Spoils 

If there’s one activity that encompasses the joy of fall, it has to be apple picking.

Spending time with the family outside in the orchards is a great way to take advantage of the fall weather. Plus, it gives kids space to play and learn more about where their food comes from. And it’s a great way to get supplies for some much-needed fall recipes.

There are all kinds of ways to incorporate our delicious, crunchy granola into your fall apple recipes. We particularly love these granola caramel apples, especially with some of our seasonal granola options like Big Apple!  

So, why not load up the car with a picnic basket, lots of blankets, and the whole family, and head out to the orchard this weekend? 

Scavenge for Fall Foliage and Create Some Decor  

We love taking advantage of the leaves changing by bringing some warm fall colors into the home.

Just bundle up and head outside with the family for a scavenger hunt. Along the way, pick up leaves, pine cones, and any other foliage you find around the neighborhood—of course, remaining respectful of the natural surroundings. Then, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, head out to the closest hiking trail to search. Just don’t forget to pack some granola to munch on while you’re hiking

Once you and the kids are sufficiently tuckered out, head back home and use the goodies you found along the way to create some festive decorations. This DIY leaf wreath is a great way to invite some warmth into the home.

Enjoy a Spooky Movie Night In

Fall festivities would not be complete without a spooky movie night. It doesn’t matter if you’re tuning in for TV Halloween marathons like Freeforms 31 Nights of Halloween or hunting down all the scary movies on your favorite streaming site—all we know is that at-home movie snacks are a must! 

Our tasty granola blends are the perfect addition to provide an option with some healthy fats and a good dose of fiber. Mix it in with your popcorn, add chocolate candies like M&M’s, or even get extra festive by mixing in candy corn! The possibilities are endless.

Little Red Wagon Granola—The Perfect Treat For Fall Activities 

No matter what you decide to do, we hope you spend the season enjoying time with family and friends and indulging in life’s little treats. So, what activities are you most looking forward to this fall? And which flavor of our seasonal, crunchy granola will help fuel your adventures?  

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Pumpkin Truffle Cookies with Pumpkin Patch Granola

Where has the year gone? With October comes cooler weather and beautiful fall foliage. We hope you are able to make the most of fall and Halloween festivities whether it’s going for a hike, enjoying a fall or harvest festival, or checking out a haunted house.  The fall is also a great time to bake up all the things you’ve picked up at the harvest festival, farmer’s market, or your neighborhood grocery store. When you don’t feel like leaving the house, whip up our pumpkin truffle cookies with Pumpkin Patch Granola 😉.  They are a nice treat to usher the smells and tastes of fall to your home. 

Ingredients:

Cookie:

  • 2 cups Little Red Wagon Pumpkin Patch Granola
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Truffle Coating:

  • 4 ounces Greek-style yogurt or vanilla Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (if using plain Greek-style yogurt)
  • 1/2 tsp gelatin fully dissolved in tbsp of water

Optional:

  • Festive sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Strain yogurt using a fine sieve, coffee filter, or cheesecloth overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  3. Pulse granola in a blender (nut and cranberry pieces may remain depending on your blender; that’s okay!).
  4. Mix pulsed granola and all other cookie ingredients.
  5. Take a heaping tablespoon, roll into a ball, and continue with the rest of the granola mixture.
  6. Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the ball.
  8. Let the pumpkin truffle cookies cool completely. 
  9. Mix yogurt, cooled butter, and powdered sugar.  Add in fully dissolved gelatin and blend for about two minutes with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy.
  10.  Dip/roll balls into yogurt mixture once they are cool. 
  11.  Line balls onto a tray or dish, add your favorite fall sprinkles (optional, but recommended!), and let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours. 
  12.  Keep chilled until ready to be enjoyed. 
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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!