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On to today’s newest recipe – homemade granola! I’m a big granola fan but have noticed that it’s impossible to find any granola on the market that doesn’t have sugar added to it. I searched every box at Whole Foods, and while many don’t have refined sugar, they still use some form of sugar, be it maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar. I really wanted a granola that had zero added sugar but still delivered a satisfying level of sweetness.
Enter: this Healthy High Protein Grain Free Granola! With the spices, coconut and roasted flavor from the oven, I promise you – you won’t be missing the sugar!
I made it grain free because I don’t eat a ton of grains in my diet, so experimented here with what the outcome would be with a whole lotta nuts and seeds instead. I loved the result! It’s perfect on top of chia pudding, overnight oats, a smoothie bowl or on its own for a snack.
Have you ever made your own granola? I can’t believe it took me so many years to make my own! For some reason it sounded intimidating, but I assure you – it’s really easy and, as a major bonus, will make your house smell like a fresh bakery. 🙂
This recipe makes a huge batch – it will cover your entire large baking sheet. When I was recently living in Hawaii with my brother and sister, we went through this stuff quite quickly, which is why I’d make it in large batches (and it lasts a couple weeks if you keep it in a sealed container). If you’re making this for just a couple of people, you may want to halve the recipe given it makes so much. It’s a dense food so I recommend about 1/4 cup for the serving size, which still has about 5 grams of protein!
You can also use this recipe as a template or guide, substituting whatever you’d like. For example, you can substitute cashews, macadamia nuts or brazil nuts; you can add less or more of any of the ingredients; you can play with the spices to get different flavors; you can add in maple syrup, coconut sugar, date syrup or other sweetener of your choice if you do want to kick the sweetness up a notch. The combinations are really endless!
For other protein breakfast ideas, try:
- Healthy High Protein Banana Nut Bread (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)
- Apple & Pomegranate Chia Pudding Slice (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Raw Option)
- Smokey Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)
- Warm 5 Minute Vanilla Flaxseed Cereal (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo)
- 5 Ingredient Sugar Free Cinnamon Protein Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
- Simple Everyday Protein Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Raw Option)
Makes about 6 cups
Delicious sugar free, homemade and versatile granola for any diet with 5 grams of protein in 1/4 cup! Vegan, gluten free, paleo.
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds or raw almonds, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
- 1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
- 3/4 cup raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds (or mix of both!)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp flax seed meal
- 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (or olive oil)
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 - 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, blueberries, dates, apricots)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to the bowl except the oil and vanilla. Mix. Add the oil and vanilla and stir well to evenly combine.
- Pour mixture onto a lightly sprayed baking sheet and bake 20 minutes.
- Stir, then bake another 8 - 12 minutes until nice and golden!
- Store in an airtight container for up to a couple weeks.
Serving size: This makes a large batch, about 24 servings (with a 1/4 cup serving size). It will last for a couple weeks in a sealed container or bag, but you will likely want to halve the recipe if you’re only making it for one or two people.
For the spices: use this as a guide, but you can add other spices like cloves or nutmeg, or omit any listed that you don’t have on hand. You can also use a pre blended chai seasoning mix if you have one you like.
For extra sweetness: add a couple tablespoons of coconut sugar, maple syrup, date syrup or agave in with the coconut oil.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker