Best Ever High Protein Granola
I have a newfound respect for food bloggers. It takes a lot of time and effort to tweak a recipe. I have now made four (yes, four) different versions of my original granola recipe. This is by far my favorite. I decided that I am not a big fan of nuts in my cereal so this version has no nuts. I do enjoy the crunch you get from the hemp seeds. This granola is also AMAZING if you add some plant based milk and allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight. I have used cinnamon for the past few versions and look forward to trying pumpkin spice as we move into the fall months. One added benefit: it is much less expensive to make your own granola than to purchase from the store or online (and gratifying too).
Prep Time: 15 min (optional 30 min in the fridge)
Cook Time: 30 min
1 cup oatmeal (regular or gluten free)
1 cup spelt (spelt has gluten, if you are gluten free just use 2 cups of oats)
½ cup flax and chia seed meal
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional)
2 teaspoons cinnamon (or pumpkin spice)
½ cup maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix chia and flax meal, hemp seeds, protein powder (optional) and cinnamon.
The combination of flax and chia seeds is a great way to get your omega-3s and extra fiber. I use Carrington Farms Flax Chia Blend.
Use any protein powder of choice. My favorite right now is a new plant-based protein powder called PlantMade.
3. Add the oats and spelt. Mix thoroughly.
I use Bob’s Red Mill extra thick cut oatmeal. It is my favorite.
Grain Place Rolled Spelt was new to me until this year. It has a wonderful nutty taste.
4. Add the maple syrup. Stir well to evenly coat mixture.
5. Spread mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (this is optional. I don't know why I added this but it works)
I have become a fan of the Amazon Basics Silicone Baking Mats. They are easy to use and easy to clean.
6. Bake until golden (20 – 30 minutes depending on your oven temperature)
If you like crumbly granola you can shake the pan and turn the pieces over to brown on multiple sides.
I leave in the oven after turning it off until the oven cools. It makes the granola a little extra crispy. Be careful not to burn the granola; it does not taste great if the oats are burned.
7. Let cool completely before serving.
Notes: You can add some fresh or dried fruit of choice to the recipe (blueberries cranberries, raisins, etc). You will need to recalculate the nutrition information accordingly. Macros calculated using Cronometer
Recipe adapted from: High Protein Healthy Granola https://thelemonbowl.com/high-protein-homemade-granola/
Did you try this recipe? Did you like it? If so, please let me know in the comments below.