The ultimate vegan gingerbread granola brittle (+ a giveaway!)

The Ultimate Vegan Gingerbread Granola Brittle | A Dash of Compassion

Before I start gushing about this incredible brittle, I need to tell you how much your support of our ebooks, Edible Gifts and Tiny Treats, means to me. For the first time ever, Lisa and I offered a special 2-for-1 deal on our two books in hopes that we could not only help you with gift ideas for the holidays but also get in a few more sales before making our annual donation to Elephant Nature Park and the Toronto Vegetarian Association—both of which are given one-third of our ebook proceeds. We’re thrilled that your additional purchases have culminated in a pretty decent donation to these charities. It wouldn’t happen without your support. So, thank you!

Okay, now on to this brittle, which I think I titled appropriately as the ultimate vegan brittle. Because it is. Hello, sweet, crunchy, gingerbread-spiced goodness.

The Ultimate Vegan Gingerbread Granola Brittle | A Dash of Compassion

I think it’s so amazing because instead of using traditional ingredients like white sugar, corn syrup and butter, this recipe makes use of organic coconut sugar and a little brown rice syrup to create the sweet, crunchy candy, and then it’s topped with a spiced gingerbread granola. If you’ve never made brittle before, there’s no need to fear as it is actually quite simple to make! The first time I tried my hand at it, I was surprised by how nicely it came out, and it took less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Despite its simplicity, I’ve got to share a couple of tips to ensure your success in brittle-making:

  • Make sure you have an accurate candy or cooking thermometer. If you don’t own one, they should be easy to find at most grocery and bulk food stores (I got mine at a bulk store for less than $10).
  • This is an instance where mise en place is important—measure out all of your ingredients beforehand, as you have to work quickly once the sugar reaches temperature.
  • And once last thing: don’t fret about ruining your candy-coated saucepan. Once you’ve poured the mixture onto the cookie sheet, immediately soak the used saucepan in hot water. If the candy has already hardened in the saucepan, simply fill it with water and bring it to a boil. The caramel should melt away.

The Ultimate Vegan Gingerbread Granola Brittle | A Dash of Compassion

I fell in love with Nature’s Path Love Crunch gingerbread granola when I first tried it last year, and it made the perfect topping for this recipe. If you prefer to make your own granola, try Dreena’s gingerbread granola (it’s amazing) or try other flavours like pumpkin spice or maple pecan.

This would make a fantastic holiday gift if layered in mason jars or wrapped in little cellophane bags tied with ribbon. That is, if you can stop yourself from eating it all first.

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Gingerbread granola brittle

Yield: Makes 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 cups Nature's Path  Love Crunch Gingerbread granola (or homemade granola)

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan (preferably a heavy-bottomed pan) set over medium-low heat, stir together the coconut sugar, brown rice syrup and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is melted.
  3. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil.
  4. Continue boiling, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches about 300°F (hard crack stage), occasionally brushing the side of the pan with a silicone pastry brush dipped in cold water. It should take about 10 minutes to reach a deep amber colour but keep an eye on it as it cooks. If you do not cook it long enough, it will not reach the brittle stage; if you cook it for too long, it may burn. If you’re uncertain, do a quick test: use a small spoon to scoop out some of the mixture from the pan and drop the mixture into a cup of ice water. It should form hard brittle threads that break when bent. If they are still soft and bendable, continue cooking.
  5. Once it reaches temperature, remove pan from heat and immediately stir in baking soda and salt. Stir until foamy.
  6. Immediately pour the mixture into a thin layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the granola. Allow to cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Adapted from Nature's Path.

Product giveaway:

Just so you can try it out yourself, my wonderful friends at Nature’s Path have offered to send an awesome assortment of their vegan products to one ADC reader! You can find other vegan-friendly recipes using these products on the Nature’s Path website.

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The giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below and I’ll announce a random winner on Monday, December 22, 2014. Good luck!

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And, just in case you’re not in the candy-making mood, here are some more of my favourite holiday recipes that might pique your interest:

      

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51 Responses to “The ultimate vegan gingerbread granola brittle (+ a giveaway!)”

  1. Rachel R. — December 15, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    I actually haven’t tried Nature’s Path products yet – but I will be ASAP!

  2. Faith — December 15, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    I love Nature’s Path granola!!

  3. Leah — December 15, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    My favorite Nature’s Path product is the love crunch gingrbread granola. It’s delicious in the winter!

  4. Dandi D — December 15, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    I really like their granola the best!

  5. Jeanne — December 15, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    Love their cereals!

  6. Jeffrey — December 15, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    My favorite is the Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries granola.

  7. Renee — December 15, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    Love Crunch Carrot Cake. YUM!

  8. Becca F — December 15, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    Their love crunch with dark chocolate chunks and berries is delish.

  9. shaunie — December 15, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    The walnut short sounds great …(have never tried before ).

  10. Kristy — December 15, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    Holy moly, this brittle looks amazing! I love the idea of making brittle with granola, especially gingerbread granola!

  11. sarah — December 15, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    i love mixing their cereals together!

  12. Georgianna — December 15, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    Their granola is the best!!

  13. Miet — December 15, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

    I love the Nature Path granolas!

  14. suzi — December 15, 2014 @ 10:23 pm

    I love their granola!

  15. Katie — December 15, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

    I really like the Multigrain Oatbran Cereal

  16. Ali @ Farmers Market Vegan — December 15, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

    I order the Millet-Rice Flakes in bulk for my 21-person vegetarian living cooperative on my college campus!

  17. Josiane — December 15, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

    This brittle sounds amazing! I haven’t tried my hand at candy-making in years, but this might be the recipe that inspires me to give it a go again.

    One of my favorite Nature’s Path product is the Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla cereal – although I haven’t yet tried the Love Crunch granolas, and I have a feeling those would quickly climb into my list of faves!

  18. Robin — December 16, 2014 @ 4:05 am

    I love the Pumpkin Flax granola (and your brittle looks awesome)!

  19. Lolita — December 16, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    Love crunch is the best for me

  20. janet @ the taste space — December 16, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    I must admit that I haven’t tried Nature’s Path. We recently discovered our favourite store bought granola and it will hard to beat, but I am willing to try. ;)

  21. EVA — December 16, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    Would this work with agave instead of brown rice syrup? It looks delicious and I don’t want to screw it up!

    Favorite Nature’s Path product: I actually haven’t gotten to try much since I’m really too poor to leap into new food discoveries, but I LOVE their Envirokidz GF Peanut Butter Crispy Bars! I may be in college, but hey, I think a PB rice crispy treat in my lunchbox looks just damn awesome.

    • Nicole — December 16, 2014 @ 9:55 am

      I haven’t tried this recipe using agave. I’d suggest sticking with the brown rice syrup if you can get your hands on it. Also, I love that you still pack Nature’s Path Envirokidz snacks in your lunchbox! :)

    • EVA — December 16, 2014 @ 10:08 am

      Brown rice syrup is kinda expensive at my health food store for a starving college student, but I’ll try out agave and report back with results! And if it doesn’t work, I’m sure it’ll still be a delicious pile of mush!

      And thanks! When I can get my hands on it, I’ll switch it up with ZENSoy almond milk pudding cups. I’ll never grow up!

  22. Sarah — December 16, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Cranberry-Vanilla Q’ia!

  23. Stacy — December 16, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    I love their Pumpkin N Spice granola bars! Yum!!

  24. Anna — December 16, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

    We love their Oaty Bites!

  25. stacey — December 16, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    This looks amazing- great new idea!

  26. Donna F. — December 16, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    I love the hemp granola!

  27. Adele — December 16, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    My favorite is the apple cinnamon oatmeal.

  28. manda — December 17, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Like to try the love crunch.

  29. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine — December 17, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    I am in love with their new cinnamon sunrise cereal!

  30. Felisha — December 17, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    I’ve been eating Nature’s Path granola and cereal for a few years now, and I love it! Just got my boyfriend hooked on it too from a sample at the grocery store :)
    I love how they offer the bulk bags of cereal for less waste.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe with the chia coconut granola. YUM!

  31. jacquie — December 17, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    i have never used any Nature path products so don’t have any favorites.

  32. Beth — December 18, 2014 @ 2:23 am

    This gingerbread granola brittle looks SOO good!! I’ve never cooked with brown rice syrup but this sounds like it would be perfectly sweet. I really like the Pumpkin Flax granola from Nature’s Path, but I’d love to branch out and try their Chia Coconut granola as well! :)

  33. Yemie S — December 18, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    Thinking about All the goodies i could make with this Eeek

  34. Lolly — December 18, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    I’ve never tried Nature’s Path but everything they produce looks and sounds amazing! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

    ~Lolly

  35. dkc — December 19, 2014 @ 12:22 am

    i’ve only tried Nature’s path cereal few months ago and am in love. Full of taste and no cardboard after-taste. thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  36. Vegyogini — December 19, 2014 @ 1:13 am

    My favorite Nature’s Path product is definitely granola. Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. Crystal — December 19, 2014 @ 1:27 am

    I love their variety oatmeal box!

  38. alaine — December 20, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    I love their granola bars

  39. Eldon — December 20, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

    I like the Love Crunch Gingerbread granola

  40. Jonnie — December 21, 2014 @ 4:18 am

    I’ve never tried these products but the gingerbread granola sounds yummy!

  41. Austin Rideout — December 21, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    My favourite Nature’s Path product would be the Coconut Chia Granola cold cereal! So yummy! Plus, the Hemp is very good too! :)

  42. Realia M — December 21, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    I love their granola!!

  43. Annette — December 21, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    I’ve never tried Nature’s Path, so I don’t (yet) have a favorite.

  44. maria — December 21, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    I like the love crunch cereal

  45. Yuen C — December 21, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    I like Love Crunch!

  46. Terri Cole — December 21, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

    The Chocolate and Berry Love Crunch Granola is spectacular!

  47. Molly J — December 21, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    We love Gorilla Munch cereal! Thanks

  48. Vera K — December 21, 2014 @ 10:55 pm

    I have never tried these products! Look forward to!

  49. Halsted — December 30, 2014 @ 12:36 am

    This sounds so tasty. I like to purchase sea salt and granola in bulk – great recipe to try soon.

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