Birthday Cake Granola (for ANY Celebration)

by Sarah on May 5, 2017

There have been many reasons to celebrate around here, lately: dissertation defenses, new jobs, birthdays, end-of-the-year BBQs, actually sleeping through the night every now and then (battling insomnia, not a newborn).

And, of course, graduations.

Mine is not until August, but my dear friend and ‘bama little sister, Amanda, is graduating tomorrow, and I wanted to make a little treat for her to commemorate the occasion.IMG_20170504_183130_142

Did you know that Birthday Cake Granola is a thing?

Because it is.IMG_20170504_165455894

And while there are “healthy birthday cake granola” recipes (or at least one), I figured, let’s just not even TRY to pretend like you want anything but butter and sugar and more sugar (sprinkles) and ACTUAL CRUMBLES OF FAUX BIRTHDAY CAKE.IMG_20170504_154547102

So find a reason to celebrate.IMG_20170504_165200459

Because cake is for ANY occasion.IMG_20170504_154500740

Birthday (“Celebration”) Cake Granola

Adapted from this recipe by Sprinkle for Breakfast

Birthday Cake Crumbles

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rainbow colored sprinkles or non pareils
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together sugars, flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add extracts and oil.
  4. Using an electric mixer, blend ingredients until crumbles form.
  5. Stir in sprinkles or non pareils.
  6. Bake mixture for 10 minutes in an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Birthday Cake Granola

  • 1 recipe Birthday Cake Crumbles
  • 2 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • pinch (or three) of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. rainbow colored sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir together oats and cashews in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add butter, almond milk, extracts, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Mix together all ingredients until well combined.
  5. Spread mixture evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tsp of granulated sugar and a pinch or two of salt over the granola.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave (cooking for 30 seconds, then in 10 second increments).
  10. Use a spoon to drizzle white chocolate over granola.
  11. Sprinkle the sprinkles (!) over the pan.
  12. Allow to cool, then mix in Birthday Cake Crumbles.
  13. Enjoy!
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