My family really enjoys all those high end granolas. The kids especially enjoy putting them on yogurt for breakfast but they are really expensive and go really quickly. The variety we like the most happens to be one with a substantial amount of protein and unfortunately sugar as well. I find myself rationing the granola for two reasons: the expense and the sugar. I’ve made granola before; perhaps I can mimic this recipe and save some money and sugar in the process.

I turned the bag over and read the ingredients to see what I would need to purchase. As luck would have it I had everything I needed already in the pantry! I decided to omit the sweetened dried cranberries since that was one of the reasons the granola from the store had so much sugar. The only comment I received from the husband was, “it isn’t as sweet, but it’s still pretty good.” I call that success. Here’s the recipe:

 

Easy GF High Protein Granola

Prep: 10 minEasy GF High Protein Granola

Bake: 45 min

Total: 55 min + cooling time

Makes: approx 5 cups or 10 to 15 servings.

 

3c. Old Fashioned Oats (use GF certified to make it GF granola)

1c. Puffed Brown Rice

1/3c. Pumpkin Seeds – hulled, raw

½ c. Sunflower Seeds – hulled, raw

1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

3 Tbsp. Honey (use agave nectar or pure maple syrup to make it vegan)

½ c. Canola Oil (or oil of choice, but keep in mind the flavor the oil will impart to the granola)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Tbsp. Soy protein powder (unflavored, unsweetened)

 

1. Preheat an oven to 250oF. Grease a cookie sheet with the oil you chose for your granola.

Mix together in a large bowl the oatmeal, rice, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon.

2. In a separate bowl mix together until smooth the honey, oil, vanilla and protein powder. Make sure this is really, really well mixed otherwise you can end up with clumps of protein powder in the granola – – not very tasty.

3. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and you can combine them using your hands, a large plastic spatula or a wooden spoon.

4. Once well combined, spread evenly on the cookie sheet. Place in the center of the oven.

5. Check and stir the granola at 15 min, 30 min and 45 min. At 45 min, turn off the oven, but leave the granola to finish drying. This insures you will get fully “cooked” granola without burning your masterpiece.

6. Transfer the granola to an airtight container or a Ziploc bag.

Approximate Nutrition Data per 1/3c. serving:

Total Cal: 216      Fat: 14g                     Carb: 18.5g     Dietary Fiber: 2.5g    Sugar: 4g     Protein: 6.4g      Sodium: 17mg

To reduce the sugar, reduce the honey. To increase the protein, increase the amount of powder.

This doesn’t last long at our house but it is really easy to make. The kids enjoy helping with this recipe as well. It is in keeping with a higher protein diet if that is what you follow to try to lose weight or maintain health and it is nicer to the pocketbook than the store bought version. I hope you enjoy and if you attempt this recipe, let me know how it turns out!

What other store bought foods have you turned into homemade?

Take Care & Be Well!

Sharon