High-protein Holiday Granola
Granola is a year-round favorite snack for me, but as I was creating this recipe the flavor combo was decidedly that of Fall leading into Winter with the warm hints of pumpkin spice, sweet bits of apple and tart cranberries. Combine that with the rich flavors of roasted nuts and dark chocolate, and visions of homemade cookies dance in my head. In fact, I almost called this recipe “Holiday Cookie Crumbles” because that’s exactly what this reminds me of. I actually chose to have this with vanilla yogurt instead of ice cream the other night because it’s that good. This can absolutely cure your sweet tooth! Just be sure to use a tasty high-quality protein powder for the base.
This granola is the ultimate yogurt/smoothie bowl topper! Nut butter, seeds, fruit and just enough chocolate to make you think - like I did, that you’re eating cookie crumbles. There’s only 8gm of carbs per serving, but if you’d rather skip the chocolate chips, they are optional, or I recommend substituting them with coconut flakes.
I like to save on sugars by using a low-carb protein powder. A lot of people don’t realize that many protein powders are more like meal replacement shakes. Read the nutrition label and if you see that there are a larger percentage of calories coming from carbs and fat than protein, you’re not getting as much for your money if what you’re really interested in is a protein supplement. Carbs and fats are cheap, ya’ll! - and I’d rather eat mine anyway.
Tru supplements is my go-to because they make REAL protein powders with 20p/1f/2c per serving. Tru has so many vegan-friendly flavors to choose from, there are actually a few that would taste great in this recipe - FYI, I used Cinnamon Bun. However, I also think the Chai Latte flavor, or the Banana Maple Muffin from their dessert line would also be delicious! If you make this tag me, @lafemmevegan and let me know which one you used. Save some money by using code, JAS15 to get 15% Off your total order.
3 scoops Tru Supplements Cinnamon Bun protein powder
6 TB Almond Butter (I used Chocolate Almond Barney Butter - so good!)
4 TB Raw Pumpkin Seeds
17gm Freeze-dried Apple Pieces
2 TB Dried Cranberries
2 TB Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
1/4 to 1/2 cup warm water
Makes 10 Sevings
Macros per 1/4c serving 8p/6f/8c