Granola is one of the best inventions. Besides being de-licious, it’s a super healthy way to stay energized during any time of day, and any season. It makes a perfect breakfast, either on its own or as a topping for smoothie bowls and yogurt parfaits. Granola is also a great on-the-go snack option – just throw some in a little ziplock bag (or jar if you’re picnicking or taking some to the office) and you’re good to go.
Now that I’ve sung its praises, I must admit that this is the first granola I’ve ever made. I had been meaning to try making some granola for a long time, but had never come across a really simple recipe using ingredients I always have on hand. One Friday afternoon, I was in the mood for a little kitchen experimentin’ (wild times), so I threw in a few ingredients I thought would make a great mix for granola – including, of course, the key ingredient: cinnamon. The combination of nuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup in this recipe created the most comforting and delicious smell. And it tasted really, really good (if I do say so myself).
If you, like me, have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this recipe! It’s sweet without being sickly, and has just the right amount of crunch. This granola is also super easy to make, and it’s practically mess-free. All you need are a few ingredients and a large bowl to mix them all up in. If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, I’d recommend to just go ahead and stock up on them, as they’re all super versatile.
The chia, flax, and pumpkin seed mix is what makes this granola high in protein, making it a great breakfast and/or snack option. The hardest part is, as always, waiting for the granola to cool completely before cracking it apart and enjoying. As hard as it is, it’s essential to let it cool down all the way (wait around half an hour) to get that crunchy texture we’re looking for. It will be well worth the wait!
Without further ado, here’s my simple, delicious, and super-healthy/high protein granola recipe.
Delicious Protein-Packed Maple Granola
2 cups rolled oats
2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
2 handfuls almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon honey
(sub maple syrup if vegan)
Preheat your oven to 160°C/320°F. Line a medium-sized baking tray with parchment paper.
Add all your dry ingredients (oats, seeds, nuts, and cinnamon) to a large bowl and mix together. Then pour in your maple syrup and honey, and stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture onto your baking tray and spread evenly. It should be a couple inches thick (it will burn if it’s too thin).
Pop in the oven for around 25 minutes.
Allow to cool for 30 minutes before breaking apart and storing in an airtight container at room temperature.
The cooking time will vary based on your oven, etc. Keep a lookout after 20 minutes are up to be sure the edges aren’t starting to burn.
Do you like granola? What’s your favorite way to eat it? And if you try this recipe, let me know what you think!