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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! 

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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.