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This Protein Granola recipe is made with nutritious and wholesome ingredients without any refined sugars. Loaded with tons of protein, vanilla flavor, and is extra chunky!
protein granola recipe
Protein Granola is a great way to get your protein fix in the morning! There are so many different ways to enjoy this granola, add it to smoothie bowls, yogurt bowls with fresh fruit, or add milk to a bowl and eat it like cereal.
I love making my own granola from scratch because it’s not loaded with sugar and I can customize it exactly how I want. We use simple ingredients and this delicious granola will make you fuller for longer so you’ll feel satisfied.
I love starting the day with a healthy breakfast especially when it has extra protein. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this granola is sprinkled on top of Greek yogurt with a drizzle of almond butter or peanut butter.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Oats: You want to be sure to use whole old-fashioned rolled oats. Quick oats and steel cut oats won’t have the same consistency that granola bars should have. Use gluten free oats to make gluten-free granola.
- Sweetener of choice: I recommend using either honey or pure maple syrup for natural sweetness. You can also substitute for coconut sugar but I find the honey and syrup stick on the granola better.
- Vanilla protein powder: You could use your favorite go-to brand. Vanilla makes the bread a bit sweeter so if you wanted it less sweet, I recommend using unflavored protein powder. Whey protein powder, vegan protein powder, soy protein powder, or plant-based protein powder will work for this granola.
- Ground cinnamon: Adds a warm spice flavor. Swap the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice during the Fall for a pumpkin flavor.
- Egg whites: Helps bind the ingredients together. You can also sub the eggs for flax eggs or chia eggs if needed.
- Coconut oil: Any type of oil will work such as canola oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil.
How to make high protein granola RECIPE
Prepare baking sheet: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, protein powder, pepita seeds, and cinnamon. Mix together and set aside.
Combine wet ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, honey, syrup and egg whites until combined.
Stir together: Stir the protein mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well until combined and coated.
Add granola to baking sheet: Spread and press the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and make sure the granola is touching so it creates extra chunky granola pieces.
Bake: Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the granola. This is where you break up the large chunks. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the top of the granola is a light golden brown. Let the granola cool and then enjoy!
recipe tips & variations
- Nuts to use: Raw almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, and hazelnuts make great options. I like to use mixed nuts or whatever I have in my pantry.
- Use your favorite protein powder flavor: I love using vanilla flavored protein powder but you can also use chocolate protein powder to give it a chocolaty flavor or any of your favorites.
- Crunchy protein granola: This granola is on the crunchy side but if you want it even crispier, bake it for a few minutes longer.
- Extra chunky: If you want your granola extra chunky, press the granola mixture down on the baking sheet before baking it and make sure to break up the granola into large chunks when flipping it to bake on the other side.
- Vegan option: Make this a Vegan Granola by using vegan protein powder and a flax or chia egg substitute.
- Homemade trail mix: Make an easy to-go snack by adding this granola to a bag with other healthy mix-ins such as freeze dried fruit or regular dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, your favorite cereal such as Chex or Cheerios, coconut flakes, and banana chips.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Sprinkles: Fun for a birthday or celebration.
- M&M candies: I love the mini M&M’s for granola
- Peanut butter chips
- Chocolate chips (dark chocolate or milk chocolate)
- Dried fruit such as dried cranberries or raisins
- Seeds: Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
Leftovers & storage
Store leftover granola in an airtight container, jar, or ziplock bag in a cool area at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Can you freeze granola?
You can freeze granola! I recommend storing it in an airtight container or freezer-friendly ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw completely and enjoy. Please note that the granola may not be as crunchy as it was before once it’s been frozen.
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Protein Granola Recipe
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nuts of choice; I love using mixed nuts roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup pepita seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tablespoons honey melted
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, protein powder, pepita seeds, and cinnamon. Mix together and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, honey, syrup and egg whites until combined.
- Stir the protein mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well until combined and coated.
- Spread and press the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and make sure the granola is touching so it creates extra chunky granola pieces. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the granola. This is where you break up the large chunks. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the top of the granola is a light golden brown. Let the granola cool and then enjoy!