A massive complaint among many is that healthy eating not only costs a great deal, but takes up a lot of time too. In this case, it is really important that you do a food prep at least once a week– even if it’s just for a couple of meals – as it keeps you on track, motivated, and ensures you don’t go for the unhealthy chocolate bar option if you go hungry!
Early morning time, particularly before that arduous journey otherwise known as ‘The Commute’, is when our motivation levels are likely to be at its lowest– and our desire to opt for a sugary bowl of Coco Pops is at its highest! It is so important to go for a breakfast bursting full of nutrition and protein to keep you motivated and energised for the day– otherwise you’re more likely to think ‘sod it’ and consider it a write off! Breakfasts that I would recommend which are super easy to make, and take very little time in the morning or even the night before, are eggs, protein porridge or even a shake if you’re in a hurry.
But when on a regime it is very important to relieve yourself psychologically, and eat the foods optimal for your health whilst enjoying the taste of them, too. I have come up with an amazing way to get in protein early in the morning in a way that’s perfect for early risers yet doesn’t taste of cardboard. My protein granola is a great way to get energised, reduce sugar cravings and keep you full until lunchtime! It honestly takes no time to cook, so make a big batch in the evening and scoff some down in the morning before a gym session or work– you can even take some in tupperware for a late breakfast or luxurious snack!
I have also given you guys different options for flavouring the granola, in case you fancy something a bit more exotic than cinnamon spice. Rest assured– any version of this recipe will be great for your health and satisfy a sweet tooth. Best of all, its protein content is high– unlike those nasty cereals you get in the supermarket! Feel free to adjust the amount of protein you use to make it higher or lower; simply adjust the macros accordingly.
The general preparation is a cinch. Make a protein powder “syrup” to coat the oats (and any add-ins) by combining the protein powder of your choice with the sweetener and oil of your choice. If you’re being really strict on sugar/carb consumption you can even omit the sweetener, and use a nut butter– or even extra coconut oil, water, and stevia!
It only takes about 3 to 4 minutes for the ingredients to blend and thicken, then simply pour the mixture over the oats, spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake! Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container. That’s it!
In addition to add-ins, have fun with different spices and extracts for your own unique blends. Here are a few suggestions– keep in mind your macros per serving might change according to the recipe:
My Favourite Suggestions:
Chocolate Granola with Coconut & Cacao Nibs: Use naturally sweetened chocolate protein powder. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao powder to the coating mixture. Add 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/4 cup cacao nibs to the oat mixture.
Cardamom-Almond Granola: Use naturally sweetened vanilla protein powder. In place of the vanilla extract, add 1 teaspoon ground cardamom and 1 teaspoon pure almond extract . Add 2/3 cup sliced almonds to the oat mixture.
Cranberry-Orange Granola: Use naturally sweetened vanilla protein powder. In place of the vanilla extract, add 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Cinnamon-Pecan Granola: Use naturally sweetened vanilla protein powder. Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon along with the vanilla extract. Add 2/3 cup chopped pecans to the oat mixture.
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed– I use buckwheat or quinoa oats for added protein),
- Optional: 1/2 cup to ¾ cup of MIX-INS (see notes for suggestions),
- Optional ½ to 1 teaspoon ground spice (see notes for suggestions),
- ⅔ cup LDNM Whey Protein Powder,
- ½ cup water,
- ⅓ cup syrup of choice (e.g., maple syrup, Sweet Freedom, even VitaFiber which has no sugar at all),
- 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or vegetable oil,
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt,
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional).
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper,
- Place oats (and any optional mix-ins, EXCEPT FRUIT, and spices) in a large bowl,
- Place the protein powder, water, syrup, coconut oil and salt in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium and whisk until mixture is smooth, thick and creamy (and just beginning to bubble). Whisk in vanilla,
- Pour mixture over oats, stirring to combine and coat. Spread evenly on prepared baking sheet,
- Bake in preheated oven for 42 to 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until granola is dry. Remove from oven and let cool completely on sheet,
- Store cooled granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Suggested Mix-ins: nuts (e.g., pistachios, almonds, walnuts, pecans), seeds (e.g.,, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds), unsweetened flake coconut, and cacao nibs.
Suggested Spices: Ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and allspice.
Note: Protein and calorie content will vary slightly depending on type/brand of protein powder used.
Serving size: ½ cup
- Calories: 154
- Fat: 5g,
- Carbohydrates: 27g,
- Protein: 12g.