Easy Protein Granola

  Apr 15, 2021  |  #Recipes

This easy protein granola 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.

baking sheet with peanut powder granola in chunks with wooden spoon.

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.

Everyone in our house loves a good chunky granola recipe. We make granola often, like this cinnamon maple granola and pumpkin seed granola.

 

But, I wanted a high fiber granola with protein to prevent incessant snacking. You see, those are important components for fullness and satisfaction and often what I recommend as snacks for athletes

Now, with this protein granola, you can get the power of both within this neat little portable snack and high protein granola recipe. So, if you’re in a hurry out the door, grab this granola and enjoy.

hand holding chunky granola

How to Make This Granola with Protein

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. 

clear bowl with ingredients for homemade granola with wooden spoon

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. 

overhead view of baking sheet with protein granola spread out and wooden spoon with granola on it

How Much Protein Is In This Granola?

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. 

tub of peanut flour next to baking sheet with granola

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. 

clear bowl with ingredients for pb2 granola

How Long Does Homemade Granola Last?

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.

Baking sheet with wooden spoon and protein granola recipe

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. 

It makes for a great postpartum snack and some research indicates that oats can increase milk supply. 

Homemade protein granola in ziplock bag for freezing

Tips for Peanut Protein Granola

  • You don’t want to cook granola at too high of a temperature – that will lead to burning and burnt granola is no good. The key here is low and slow.
  • Before popping in the oven, make sure you arrange the granola on a flat level so it cooks evenly. 
  • Let it cool completely, which normally takes at least 20-30 minutes. You want it to cool completely so you can break it apart. 
  • How to eat granola – I love to eat it on its own, throw it on top of oatmeal, yogurt or even ice cream to add “granola protein” to a snack. My toddler likes it on top of her waffles, and we usually throw it in her lunch box too. 

Homemade protein granola chunks on a baking sheet with wooden spoon

We’re big fans of snacking, so I obviously have a lot of go to snacks. 

Try these other granola recipes and snacks:

 

overhead view of baking sheet with protein granola spread out and wooden spoon with granola on it

Easy Protein Granola

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Protein granola is an easy vegan granola snack, made with peanut powder and seeds. Whip it up for an easy shelf stable snack, or add it as a crunchy topping to oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325-330. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (oats through flax seeds) into a large bowl and stir until combined well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Mix wet ingredients (maple syrup through vanilla extract) in a small bowl, and then combine with dry ingredients until mixed.
  4. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in an even layer (press down if you have to).
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. After removing from oven, let cool for 20-30 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 20 g

 

 

 

 

6 responses to “Easy Protein Granola

  1. I’ve never made granola and finally made this today- delicious! Thanks Sarah for an easy recipe made with pantry staples!

  2. Yum! That looks so good, Sarah. I saw that you had shared in on your FB group and came over to grab the bookmark. It’s time to make more granola soon 🙂 Such a good idea to add the protein powder for extra protein!

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