This Protein Granola recipe is the perfect homemade protein snack, that’s portable, delicious and ready in 30 minutes.
I love granola. There’s something about the crunchy nature of it that pairs so well with a creamy greek yogurt.
Yogurt and homemade protein granola is my favorite snack of choice. I mostly pair them for the carb-protein power up. If you pair carbohydrates with protein, you’ll stay fuller for longer.
This is one of the things I see with clients and that I write about more in my ebook about understanding hunger.
Alot of these are pantry staples that I order in bulk from Thrive Market. You really can’t beat them, and I just set up auto delivery!
In short, I wanted a high fiber granola with protein to prevent incessant snacking, since these are important components for fullness and satisfaction and often what I recommend as snacks for athletes and even healthy snacks for breastfeeding.
It’s on my athlete’s grocery list too.
Now, with this protein granola, you can get the power of both within this neat little portable snack and high protein granola recipe.
And it makes for a great road trip food idea to help prevent you from incessant snacking that tends to happen in the car.
So, if you’re in a hurry out the door, grab this granola and enjoy or pair with a homemade trail mix bar.
Gather your ingredients. You can really use any nuts/seeds or even any protein powder you have at home.
I have never added pb2 to granola before, but it soaks right into the granola just as any other protein powder would.
I chose to use olive oil in this recipe for more unsaturated fats. If you prefer, you could also use butter (if not vegan) or coconut oil, or even vegetable oil.
You could also use honey in place of the maple syrup. It may just depend on what pantry staples you have available.
Obviously, if you want to keep it a vegan granola, stick with maple or agave syrup, and your favorite oil choice. I found that the olive oil was rather neutral, but you may prefer the taste or texture of coconut oil, too.
One serving has about 20 grams of protein, all from plant sources. Most store-bought granolas range from 3-6 grams of protein per serving and some with higher amounts use whey protein. But this vegan protein granola is from nuts and seeds only.
Keep in mind, depending on what protein powder you use, your granola may have more or less protein, and may not be exclusively plant based.
I never even considered making protein powder granola until I found myself with three tubs of peanut protein powder, thanks to cleaning out my mother in law’s pantry and a happy donation of unused peanut flour.
While I think protein powder can have a purpose in someone’s diet, you can reach high protein numbers without exclusively relying on protein. Take my apple pie overnight oats recipe for example – 30 grams of protein without protein powder!
So, here we are. But, boy am I happy for that opportunity because this gluten free protein granola was born.
The protein comes from the peanut protein, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and oats. We usually have all of these on hand for just this reason – they are easy toppers to pretty much anything and can greatly increase the nutrients of your snack or meal.
It’s a win win.
When stored in a tightly sealed bag, homemade granola will last up to a week.
The caveat here is that you want your granola to fully cool before touching it or adding it to a bag. This will help it form in clumps and be crunchy and stick together.
I typically store my homemade granola in a tightly sealed bag on the counter, but it’s usually gone in 1-2 days.
Some people swear by refrigerating granola, but it’s only resulted in a soggy, soft texture for me. And I don’t know about you, but I make granola for the crunch.
Can You Freeze Granola? Absolutely! Once it has cooled completely, put it in an airtight container or freezer bag. I like to push my down in an even layer so I can lay it flat.
We’re big fans of snacking, so I obviously have a lot of go to snacks.
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