Power Granola

Power Granola

Power Granola is a delicious crunchy breakfast packed up with nutrients giving you a boost of energy to start the day. Besides making a wonderful breakfast, I also use it as a mid-morning or late-night snack.

Why did we call it Power Granola? In particular, this version of granola is richer in protein. For bodybuilding or those who are working out to build more muscle I also suggest adding 2 scoops of Chocolate Protein Powder to the mixture. Otherwise, you can add 12g directly before serving.

The ingredients making up the Granola depend mostly on a personal taste. Every family might have its special mix, its unique signature.

In the supermarket, you can find a variety of mixes but nothing compares to a homemade one. The store-bought granola tends to have mostly sugars and low-quality oil.

Before making my first homemade granola, I was always worried about taking too much time to prepare it every other day. At the time I was not confident enough that the mix would keep up safe for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container. I also wondered if there were specific ingredients to avoid or to add to keep the mix fresh. Then once you prepare it for the first time and you taste the difference, all these worries fade away.

I eat this Power Granola in so many ways! It can be also served with dairy or non-dairy milk, creams, yogurt, and custard. However, I prefer using granola in Yogurt Parfait adding fresh banana and granola in between layers of yogurt, and adding a handful of berries on top.

Power Granola with Yogurt topped with Berries and Mint leaves.

Power Granola Variations

I have already mentioned that depending on the ingredients’ choices you have different Power Granola Variations. Here are some popular combinations:

Cranberry Almond Granola – with a choice of almonds, dried cranberries and cranberry juice.

Blueberry Coconut Granola – with Chia seeds, dried blueberries, coconut oil and dried coconut flakes.

Cacao Almond Granola – with dates, almonds and organic cacao powder or cacao nibs.

Banana Pecans Granola – with dried banana slices, pecans, and cinnamon.

Power Granola Parfait – with granola layered in Greek Yoghurt and Fresh Fruit.

Cacao Almond Balls with Granola – the taste will differ according to the underlying Power Granola used!

Granola with Pistachios served with Griddled Nectarines, Yogurt and Chocolate Syrup

Power Granola’s Ingredients

MAIN INGREDIENTS

Dry Ingredients
  • Rolled Oats: Oats are the base of any granola. This can be mixed with other grains such as Spelt Flakes and Barley and/or grain alternatives such as buckwheat and even quinoa for low carbs and grain-free diets. The size of the oats is also a personal choice though usually, large-sized rolled oats is preferred.
  • Seeds: In this recipe, I am suggesting Chia seeds and Flax seeds both because they add nutritional value to the granola and also because of their taste and texture which mixes well with the ingredients. However, you may add other seeds such as Hemp seeds, Sunflower seeds, or Pumpkin seeds if you prefer.
  • Nuts: The choice of nuts is up to a personal choice but for healthier granola, I suggest a mix of Almonds, Pecans, and Walnuts. Of course, these can be complemented by other seeds and nuts such as Cashews, Pistachios, and also seeds.
  • Dried Fruits: The choice of dried fruits is vast. I choose the combination of fruits and nuts depending on the type of Granola I want to prepare. For example, I prefer to use Almonds and Dates when doing Nut & Chocolate Granola; Almonds, Blueberries and Cranberries for the Berries Granola; Pecans, Banana Chips, Raisins, dried Mango and shredded Coconut for the Tropical Granola.
  • Spices: The spices are also a personal choice depending on the choice of the other ingredients but also on personal taste. For example, I would certainly add Cinnamon together with the raisins and Apple sauce, but would definitely prefer Cacao when using Dates. You might also want to use Cloves, Nutmeg, or any other spice.
Wet Ingredients
  • Oil: I am a great fan of Coconut Oil especially in sweet snacks such as this Power Granola. However, feel free to use any other vegetable oil that you prefer. It can be Sesame Oil, Almond Oil, Canola Oil, and also Olive Oil.
  • Honey: In this recipe, I am suggesting a tablespoon of Honey so as to make it less rich in carbohydrates but if you prefer you might use more. Other good alternatives include Maple Syrup but pay attention that it is 100% Maple Syrup and not a cheaper Corn Syrup.
  • Juice/Sauce: Good alternatives are Apple sauce, Orange juice, and Cranberry juice.

Power Granola Step by Step

PREPARATION

  • First I suggest starting by preheating the oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Then start to prepare and measure attentively all the dried ingredients. In this case, a cup comes in handy to measure the various items. Also, if you’re not in a hurry it’s a very good practice leaving the nuts and dried fruits in water before using them. However, make sure to dry well before using them in the dry mixture. We don’t want our granola to be too runny.

METHOD

  • In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients mainly the rolled oats, the seeds, the nuts, the dried fruits, cacao, or spices. Mix thoroughly with a big wooden spoon. Don’t use any blender or food processor to mix the ingredients as it might cut the dried fruits and nuts too small spoiling the granola.

NOTE: that you might prefer to add the dried fruits after baking.

  • Now mix in the coconut oil, honey, and your preferred fruit juice or puree and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are moist with oil. This is really important for baking.

BAKING

  • For baking, it’s best to cover a baking tray with parchment paper and spread all the mixture. If you don’t use a parchment paper the granola tends to stick to the tray which might change the overall texture and taste of the granola

  • Bake the granola for 30-40 minutes remembering to toss the granola every 8-10 minutes so it cooks evenly.

  • Let the granola cool well before storing in an airtight container. When cool, you can add the dried fruits if you did not add them before baking.

SERVING

  • There are several ways of using granola. It can be used as an oats replacement in most Cakes and Biscuits or simply in Yogurt Parfait or milk.
Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
  • For a complete nutritious breakfast or snack, serve the Power Granola with 3 tbsp of Greek Yogurt or 200 ml of milk. If using non-dairy milk use a high protein one such as Soya Milk. Also, for bodybuilding or training to build muscle you can add 12g of Protein Powder (or 25g soon after a workout) to add even more proteins to the mix.
Banana Yogurt Parfait

Power Granola Recipe

AuthorwellbeingbaristaCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Yields5 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time50 mins

Dry Ingredients
 1.50 cups (125g), Oats, rolled
 2 tbsp Chia seeds, ground
 2 tbsp Flax seeds, ground
 0.50 cup choice of nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Cashews, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Pistachios, etc.)
 0.50 cup choice of dried Fruit (Coconut, Raisins, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Cranberries, Blueberries, etc.)
 0.25 tsp choice of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao etc.)
Other Ingredients
 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
 1 tbsp Honey
 2 tbsp choice of Fruit juices or puree (Apple sauce, Orange juice or Cranberry juice)
Nutrition Facts

Servings 5


Amount Per Serving
Calories 357Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g27%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 6mg1%
Potassium 228mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g13%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 16g
Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 5%
Iron 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

1

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

2

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients mainly the rolled oats, the seeds, the nuts, the dried fruits, cacao or spices.

Note that you might prefer to add the dried fruits after baking.

3

Mix in the coconut oil, honey and fruit juice and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are moist with the oil, honey and fruit juice mixture.

4

Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and spread all the mixture.

5

Bake the granola for 30-40 minutes remembering to toss the granola every 8-10 minutes so it cooks evenly.

6

Let the granola cool, add the dried fruits if not added before baking and store in an airtight jar.

7

Serve it with 3 tbsp of Greek Yogurt or 200 ml of Soya/ Almond Milk.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients
 1.50 cups (125g), Oats, rolled
 2 tbsp Chia seeds, ground
 2 tbsp Flax seeds, ground
 0.50 cup choice of nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Cashews, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Pistachios, etc.)
 0.50 cup choice of dried Fruit (Coconut, Raisins, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Cranberries, Blueberries, etc.)
 0.25 tsp choice of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao etc.)
Other Ingredients
 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
 1 tbsp Honey
 2 tbsp choice of Fruit juices or puree (Apple sauce, Orange juice or Cranberry juice)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

2

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients mainly the rolled oats, the seeds, the nuts, the dried fruits, cacao or spices.

Note that you might prefer to add the dried fruits after baking.

3

Mix in the coconut oil, honey and fruit juice and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are moist with the oil, honey and fruit juice mixture.

4

Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and spread all the mixture.

5

Bake the granola for 30-40 minutes remembering to toss the granola every 8-10 minutes so it cooks evenly.

6

Let the granola cool, add the dried fruits if not added before baking and store in an airtight jar.

7

Serve it with 3 tbsp of Greek Yogurt or 200 ml of Soya/ Almond Milk.

Power Granola

Nutritional Information

The Power Granola is good for breakfast and snack. It has no extra sugar and can be used for maintenance, weight loss, and muscle building diets.

 CaloriesCarbsFatProtein
Macros357 cals37g17g13g
Macros % 41.9%43.3%14.7%
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