Healthy Homemade High Protein Granola Recipe

This Healthy Homemade High Protein Granola Recipe is lower in sugar and higher in protein than the average store-bought granola. Homemade granolas should create a delicious and easy healthy breakfast recipe with lots of oats nutrition! Make your own granola with nuts and seeds to get the ultimate flavors. This high protein granola recipe is specifically formulated for a crispy, clumpy granola!

A bowl of protein granola sits in front of a pan with the rest of the granola, fresh from the oven.
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I’ve oftentimes looked at granola as the little girl, face pressed against the glass, looking at the shiny bike inside. To me, granola was simply too much: too expensive  too high in calories, and too difficult to make at home.

It’s not as if I didn’t try making it at home. More than likely, it was just most of those recipes didn’t turn out like I wanted. I was a homemade granola fail-er. Too hard. I’m out!

But I kept at it. And do you know what I discovered? Healthy homemade granola can be made easily and affordably! And thanks to this high protein granola, it even fits in my diet budget too!

How to Make Homemade Granola

It’s pretty easy to make your own granola healthy at home. This recipe begins with filling a large bowl with oats, nuts, seeds, and in the case of this recipe, spices. Here is a list of the ingredients I used for the dry mix of this protein granola:

Several bowls of ingredients for granola on a white counter.
  • rolled oats
  • pecans
  • walnuts
  • hemp seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • pumpkin pie spice

Of course, that’s only part of this recipe. And although it’s important, getting the filling right is what helped me transform this bowl of oats, nuts, and seeds, into a glorious batch of amazing granola homemade!

Do you love vegan breakfast recipes? Be sure and check out my vegan blueberry muffins, easy vegan breakfast scramble, vegan biscuit casserole, eggless pancakes, and how about some peanut butter granola for a nice change of pace!
A large white bowl holds oats, nuts, and seeds used for making protein granola.

Making Granola Secret Sauce

I call this next step the granola secret sauce, because that’s what it is! But first, let me explain what we consider to be the perfect granola.

Granola should be clumpy. Granola shouldn’t be full of many separate pieces. The best granola clumps up with little granola chunk and some individual ingredients around it.

I spent time researching how to make clumpy granola. Store-bought granola (and even some homemade granola recipes) achieve clumps by adding egg whites.

I wanted to create an egg-free clumpy, high protein, and low sugar granola recipe. That’s a lot to ask for!

Here’s the eggless, low sugar secret sauce I created to make the perfect clumpy vegan granola:

A bowl of the sauce in a glass pyrex measuring cup.
  • protein powder
  • ground flax seeds
  • water
  • vanilla extract
  • olive oil
  • agave nectar

It’s the ground flax seeds combined with water that helps create that eggy, clumpy effect. No eggs needed at all!

A large white bowl full of granola ingredients covered in sauce.

Pour this eggless sauce mixture over the granola ingredients in the large bowl and then stir to combine. Then spread that onto your prepared pan and bake.

Tips for Making Protein Granola Perfect

Here are some of my tips on how to make healthy granola perfect every time:

  • To keep this protein granola low in sugar, I added just the very minimum of agave, only one tablespoon. You can add more if you prefer a sweeter granola, but the plant-based protein powder has sweetener in it as well.
  • I know olive oil may seem a strange addition to a granola recipe, but it adds a touch of healthy fats, while not adding any saturated fats.
  • In addition, be sure to tamp down the granola into the pan before baking it. This tamping down will help it cook in clusters, adding to that desired clumping effect.
  • Add dried fruit after the bake.
  • Allow the granola to cool completely before breaking it into pieces.
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.
A bowl full of protein cereal with almond milk being poured int it.

How much protein is in granola?

Let’s go over the nutrition numbers for this easy healthy granola, considering a typical 1/2 cup serving:

  • Calories: 263
  • Carbs: 21g (Net carbs = 17g)
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 16g
    • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0
  • Sodium: 48mg
  • Potassium: 184mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g

As you can see, this protein granola is loaded with healthy nutrients, all while delivering zero cholesterol.

Can you lose weight eating nuts?/Is granola bad for weight loss?

How is it that nuts can help with weight loss? Well, according to a leading nutritionist, Richard Mattes, nuts are…”high in protein, and protein is satiating…high in fiber, and fiber is satiating…rich in unsaturated fats, and there is some literature that suggests that has satiety value.”

He also describes how nuts are “crunchy, and that would suggest just the mechanical aspect of chewing generates a satiety signal.” In other words, nuts help you feel full.

Is eating granola good for you?

Because of the oats, nuts, and seeds involved, granola delivers healthy, plant-based fiber. This recipe includes olive oil, another heart healthy fat. In addition, this recipe uses a bare minimum of sweetener. You can make it a sugar free granola by using a sugar-free syrup in place of agave nectar.

A bowl full of cereal with milk.

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A bowl of protein granola sits in front of a pan with the rest of the granola, fresh from the oven.

High Protein Granola

Homemade Granola is combined with delicious chocolate plant-based protein powder to create a healthy, high protein granola suitable for breakfast, snacks, and for toppings on your favorite desserts.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Protein Granola
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla plant-based protein powder (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit , such as dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Stir together.
  • In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, protein powder, syrup and olive oil. Stir together then drizzle over oats mixture, stirring to ensure everything is coated. 
  • Spread uncooked granola evenly across baking sheet. Press it down gently into the pan to help form clumps while baking.Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with dried fruit. Allow to cool completely on pans. Transfer to a lidded container and keep at room temperature for up to 10 days.

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Notes

I used Vega Organic Protein Powder which has some sweetener to it. If you choose one with minimal sweetener, you’ll want to adjust the amount of syrup used in this recipe accordingly.

Enjoy!

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