Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Champion Nutrition USA - Weekly Recipe! Protein Laced Granola!

Protein Laced Granola
This is one of my favorite recipes, and a standard in my Sunday Food Prep. My family gobbles this up like crazy, and since it's lower sugar than store-bought, and it's laced with protein - I can enjoy it too! A friend introduced me to the recipe, and I've made a few tweaks - mostly to increase the protein content. It's incredible in yogurt, as cereal, and simply by the handful. If your diet doesn't allow for granola right now, save this recipe - trust me, you'll want to make this one!

3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran 

4 scoops Vanilla protein powder (my scoop = 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup whole raw almonds
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 T coconut oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cranberries (dried)
1/4 cup tart cherries (dried)


  • Preheat oven to 300.
  • In bowl whisk the oats, oat bran, flax, wheat germ, protein powder, almonds and sea salt.
  • In saucepan bring the honey, maple syrup, vanilla, oil, and water just to a bubble over low heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly
  • Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until oats are evenly moistened.
  • Spread onto un-greased, rimmed baking sheet (cookie sheet).
  • Bake at 300 for about 21 minutes stirring twice.
  • Cool completely and then add the dried fruit.
  • Stir again and store in a sealed container. Can be frozen as well.

Nutrition data for Chelle's granola recipe
NUTRITIONAL INFO Per 2 Tbsp - Recipe makes 35 servings
(Note: the protein powder you use will change your nutritional data, so if you're tracking closely, you can use nutritiondata.com to plug in the recipe with your own protein powder to have accurate numbers).
Cals: 111, Fat: 4g, Carb: 15g, Sugars: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 5g

TIPS:  Swap out the fruit & nuts! Try blueberries, walnuts, maybe even some dark chocolate!
You can view more of my recipes at http://billandchelle.com/fitness/recipes.html


  1. Hey Chelle, I'll have to try your granola recipe, looks great. I was wondering if you would take a minute to look at my fave granola recipe and tell me if you think it is clean and if you would make an tweeks to it. By the way, I add about 1/2-3/4 cup of craisins and maybe 4 TBSP of chia seeds...

  2. Hey! You got it!
    First, it looks super tasty! Next, I would....
    swap in coconut oil in place of the canola (we're hearing such nasty things about canola, that I choose safe rather than sorry)... and I'd reduce the amount... with the almond butter there's already plenty of "fat" in there. I might go so far as to reduce it to 1 Tbsp if at all. Have you tried the recipe without the oil? Might work pretty well and make a big dent in the calorie & fat count.
    Really, that's the only change I'd make, except being me, I'd probably add protein powder, lol! But that looks pretty darn yummy! I bet the craisins and the chia make it even better! I might have to play with that one :-)

  3. A serving is 2 tbsp?!? I'm pretty sure I'd eat between 1/4 and 1/2 cup with almond milk for breakfast! At 16 tbsp per cup, this breakfast would be close to almost 900 calories if I had a half cup!

    I recently made granola where I substituted some of the honey and agave with some dried apricot puree (I soaked the dried apricots in boiling water for a while till they plumped and softened, then ran them through the food processor) I probably didn't save any calories, but I convinced myself I did! And it tasted great too- didn't seem like I was missing any sweetener at all.

    Thanks for the recipe- I will be trying it soon with my own tweaks.