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Hemp Seed Granola (High Protein Vegan Granola)

This hemp seed granola is a staple in our house. Full of pantry staples, this homemade vegan granola is a healthy snack for kids and adults, alike.

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I love granola, especially when it’s homemade and you can control the ingredients and sugar.

This vegan homemade granola is made with all of my favorites, like hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds and peanut flour.

Oats, for one, are so versatile and there are several ways to meal prep oats without just eating oatmeal all week.

We make granola often, like our cinnamon maple granola and pumpkin seed granola. But, this hemp flax seed granola just hits differently.

Yogurt and granola with hemp seeds are my favorite snack of choice.

I mostly pair them for the carb-protein power-up combination. If you pair carbohydrates with protein, you’ll stay fuller for longer and feel more satisfied after eating

Everyone in our house loves a good high protein low sugar granola recipe. But this recipe is a bit different since it’s a high protein granola recipe.

I never even considered making protein 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 hemp hearts granola

Now, I use pb2 in so many recipes to up the protein, like chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats.

It can also be added into high protein overnight oats recipe for example – 30 grams of protein without protein powder!

What Are Hemp Seeds or Hemp Hearts?

You can make this granola with hemp seeds or with hemp hearts, which are hemp seeds with the shells removed. You can buy both on amazon.

I love hemp seeds because they are plant-based superstars. I use them in my vegan hemp protein bars and vegan homemade granola bars.

Nutritionally, 3 tbsp of hemp seeds offer:

  • 10 grams protein
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 20% daily value of iron

hand holding chunky granola

Why You’ll Love Hemp Seed Granola

You’ll love this hemp flax seed granola so much – I promise! Here are some of my favorite qualities.

  • High Fiber – Fiber is a nutrient that many of us don’t get enough of, especially kids. Kids love sweet, crunchy things so this healthy protein granola recipe is a great option. It’s a great way to get chia seeds for toddlers!
  • Everyone loves snacks – Kids, athletes, adults. We all love snacks. This is one of my favorites for snacks for athletes and healthy snacks for breastfeeding.
  • Can be a quick and easy breakfast – During my latest pregnancy, I loved this pb2 granola with hemp seeds, paired with greek yogurt as a breakfast idea during pregnancy.
  • Portable – We often throw this in a stasher bag and take it as a kids road trip snack!
  • 20 grams of protein per serving – Who knew that a homemade granola could pack in so much, without the use of a protein powder? This hemp hearts granola does through the combination of seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds) and pb2 powder!
Homemade vegan granola chunks on a baking sheet with wooden spoon

Homemade Vegan Granola Ingredients

Many of the ingredients for high protein granola are pantry staples that I order on auto delivery in bulk from Thrive Market.

  • oats – The star of the show! This homemade vegan granola is a great way to transform your favorite rolled oats.
  • powdered peanut butter – Powdered peanut butter, like pb2, technically isn’t a protein powder, it’s just peanuts ground up into a fine flour with natural peanut. Therefore, this high protein granola recipe without protein powder is great for kids, too! The pb2 flour is made with just peanuts – nothing else. Some brands may also add sugar or salt, so consider that.
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • maple syrup – I like maple syrup as a sweetener, however, you can cater this to your taste buds. Honey, or agave syrup, are other alternatives.
  • olive oil – I prefer olive oil for the heart-healthy unsaturated fats. However, as a substitute, you could also use vegetable oil, coconut oil, or even avocado oil.
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • cinnamon – cinnamon also adds some sweetness without added sugars!

All of these ingredients are on my athlete’s grocery list too. 

clear bowl with ingredients for hemp seed granola


Store pb2 granola in an airtight container or bag room temperature for up to a week! 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. 

How to Make Hemp Hearts Granola

Gather your ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

If you’re missing any of the ingredients, be flexible! This recipe is forgiving.

You can really use any nuts/seeds (like pumpkin seeds, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, etc.) or even any protein powder you have at home.

clear bowl with ingredients for hemp seed granola with wooden spoon

Then, you’ll spread everything onto a FLAT layer to go into the oven.

Then, the hard part is letting it cool completely (read below to find out why!).

Tips For Baking Your 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. 
  • You can use any protein powder you have on hand – here are some of my favorite protein powders for running.
  • Let it cool completely, which normally takes at least 20-30 minutes. You want it to cool completely so you can break it apart. 
overhead view of baking sheet with homemade hemp seed spread out and wooden spoon with granola on it

How to Eat Homemade Vegan 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 in ziplock bag for freezing


How much protein is in a serving of this vegan homemade granola?

One serving of this granola 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.

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. Some experts even recommend wrapping the freezer bag in some foil to avoid any contact with ice.
It makes for a great postpartum snack and some research indicates that oats can increase milk supply. 

How long does hemp hearts granola last?

When stored in a tightly sealed bag or container at room temperature, homemade granola with hemp hearts 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. 

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overhead view of baking sheet with protein granola spread out and wooden spoon with granola on it
Yield: 8 servings

Hemp Seed Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This hemp seed granola is an easy homemade 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.



  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:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

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  1. Love this recipe so much! I have made it so many times. I also didn’t realize you could buy pb protein powder (I know…) So, thank you for that! Also, maybe a dumb question. But what is considered a serving size?

  2. Tried the granola and it was so good! Can’t wait to put it on my overnight oats in the morning.
    And the family likes the granola too!! Which was surprising, keeping this recipe and thank you so much! Been looking for a good healthy protein snack.

  3. Such an amazing recipe it is. Would definitely love to try this at home. Recently I’ve been using True Elements Products and they’re delicious, so, would Rolled Oats from there only and would prepare this at home. Thanks for sharing such delicious recipe.

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

  5. 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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