The other week I was sent an email request from a lovely twitter follower asking me to look at a crunchy granola recipe that she had found.. my response? Let’s create a nic’s nutrition crunchy granola recipe that’s packed with taste as well as nutritional goodness!
You can customize this recipe to suit.. by adding your own chosen dried fruit, seeds, nuts and spices (additional cocoa is optional!) as well as protein powder if you use it (I added a scoop of Sativa Chocolate & Caramel Protein Powder to mine which went perfectly with the dried cranberries & pumpkin seeds!).
Nutritional stats are approximate for per 50g serving.
Crunchy Chocolate Protein Granola
- 85g (1 cup) porridge oats
- 30g (1/2 cup) desiccated coconut
- 40g (1/4 cup) pumpkin seeds
- 80g (1/2 cup) chopped almonds (pulse whole almonds in a food processor to break up)
- 30g (1 scoop) protein powder*
- 100g (2/3 cup) dried cranberries
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cocoa - optional
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp (26g) coconut oil
- 4 tbsp agave nectar/freedom/honey
- Mix together the oats, coconut flakes, almonds and pumpkin seeds before spreading on a baking tray and baking for 15 minutes at 175 degrees C, stirring half way
- Meanwhile, mix together the dried cranberries with the protein powder (optional), cinnamon, cocoa (optional) and salt
- Heat the coconut oil and agave nectar in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted
- Add the toasted oat mix to the coated dried cranberries and melted coconut oil/agave nectar until thoroughly combined.
- Pack the mixture into a 8x8 or 9x9 baking tray and press down, knocking out any air
- Bake in the oven at 150 degrees C for 20 mins before allowing to cool (I speeded up the cooling process by popping it in the fridge).. and breaking up the mixture with a spoon (the big chunks are SO satifying to nibble on!!). Store your granola in an air-tight container.
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11 g
Total Carbohydrates 23 g
Protein 6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.