Tired of protein bars but need some on the go fuel? Store-bought granola is a big no-no. It’s full of carbs and fat. Try making your own version at home with just a few ingredients. The possibilities are endless; get creative with your flavors and mix-ins. Today I chose to make a chocolate version with a peanut butter base, but you could easily substitute almond butter and vanilla protein powder or cashew butter with chocolate protein powder…let your mood dictate the fun. I’ve made several varieties and all are no-fail provided you get your “batter” to a very thick consistency. If it’s hard to turn your spoon, you’ve likely got it right. The numbers are pretty balanced on this and even though it’s only a cup for one serving with all of your macronutrients, the ingredients keep you really full, so it’s the perfect thing to throw into your purse in a pinch. If you prefer adding nuts or raisins, just pull back on the nut butter and a bit of the oats to keep the balance.
1/4 cup peanut or almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
4 scoops low carb-low fat protein powder
1/4-1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/8 cup cacao nibs
2 tablespoons flax (I use Spectrum Brand Chia, Flax, Coconut, Cocoa Blend)
4 tablespoons low fat coconut shreds
1/3 cup Z Sweet
15 drops chocolate liquid stevia drops
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 350. Stir together nut butter and applesauce in a large bowl. Stir in protein powder and gradually add water until a thick “batter” consistency is reached. Add in all other items in order. Stir oats in last. It should resemble a very thick, and kind of hard to stir batter. Spray a cookie sheet well with cooking spray. Spread batter out on the tray in a thin layer. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove and stir/flip the granola. break up any large pieces. Place back into oven for another 8 minutes. Remove when it is a dark, golden color on the top. Stir again. Cool completely.
Yield: 6 servings. Makes about 6 cups worth.
Calories: 288. Protein: 24, Carbs: 20, Fat: 11