Gluten Free protein packed healthier homemade Granola

Healthier Homemade Granola

Granola is a breakfast staple in our house.  However, I have only been making my own for the past couple years.  I always knew granola was easy to make, but I enjoyed choosing one of the many delicious varieties available at the store.

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Why I make my own granola

What encouraged me start making my own granola?  I began to pay attention to the amount of added sugar in the foods we eat.  When I reread our “staple” granola ingredients looking specifically at sugar, I found that sugar was the second ingredient after oats!  Simply eating granola in the morning with my then-favorite yogurt supplied 18 grams (4.5 teaspoons) of added sugar to my daily diet.  Note: The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. 

Why is this granola healthier?

After a lot of experimenting, I have a couple favorite healthier granola recipes.  They all start out with the same base and can be adapted based on preference, dietary restrictions, and what you happen to have in your pantry.  What makes these recipes healthier?  First of all, they are loaded with fiber from old fashioned oats, nuts, and seeds.  The nuts and seeds also provide a good serving of protein.  And finally, these granola recipes are very low in added sugar.

Healthier granola variations

This healthier granola recipe is very adaptable.  You can use any nuts or seeds that you like.  Simply keep the ratio consistent: 6 cups grains (rolled oats, puffed grains, etc), 3 cups nuts and 3 cups seeds.

basic ingredients for protein packed healthier granola grains seeds nuts

If you eat a nut-free diet, replace all of the nuts with seeds or other optional mix-ins like coconut chips or puffed grains.

puffed grain coconut chips are optional ingredients for healthier granola

The liquid portion of this healthier granola recipe is equally adaptable.  Again, keep the ratios consistent: 1/2 cup seed or nut butter, 1/2 cup oil, and 1/4 cup sweetener.

nut butters oil unrefined sugar make this protein packed granola healthier

Just remember to add the fruit after cooking the granola!  Trust me, baked raisins are not delicious.

raisins dried apricots dried figs delicious healthier granola

Almond and Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe {gluten-free, vegan}

This protein packed homemade granola is easy to make, delicious, and low in added sugar.  A 1/2 cup serving contains almost 9 grams of protein and just 2 grams added sugar.  This granola is delicious as is with milk or as a toping on greek yogurt and fruit for a filling, delicious breakfast.  My boys love it mixed 50:50 with “puffies” (puffed wheat, rice or millet) and topped with milk.

 

Gluten Free protein packed homemade Granola
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Healthier Homemade Granola {Gluten Free}

Ingredients

  • cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 cups sliced almonds
  • 3 cups pepitas
  • 2 cups puffed millet
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups raisins*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Combine all dry ingredients except raisins in a large bowl
  3. Combine oil, nut butter, and sweetener in a glass measuring cup and mix until combined
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated
  5. Transfer to a large roasting pan
  6. Bake, stirring every 20 minutes until lightly toasted ~ 1 or 1.5 hrs
  7. Add raisins and cool to room temperature
  8. Store in air-tight container

*Note: I choose to purchase organic raisins.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

A note about gluten free oats

Oats are naturally gluten free.  However, some oats are processed on the same equipment as wheat and other gluten-containing foods, so it is possible that they can be contaminated with gluten.  Some manufacturers dedicate a specific line to producing oats that are free from any possible gluten contaminants and label their oats as gluten free.

Have you tried making homemade granola?  What is your favorite combination?  Another granola combination my family enjoys is this apricot maple pecan granola with toasted coconut.

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Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving, for recipe as written):

  • 270 calories
  • 1.6 g added sugar
  • 3.5 g fiber
  • 8.8 g protein
  • 4.3 mg sodium

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