Granola recipes plz
September 22, 2022 4:21 PM   Subscribe

I would like your favorite homemade granola recipes. Preferences: not too sweet, vegan, high protein.

I want to try out making granola at home, because commercial granola is usually sweeter than I prefer. I'm interested in added protein because that is more satisfying for me at breakfast. And it's easy to make vegan granola (I think?) so that's ideal.
posted by medusa to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Megan’s granola is just perfect.

Swap out the oil for coconut oil and can use chia seeds or ground flax instead of wheat germ or bran if you like.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 4:44 PM on September 22

Homemade granola is great. I use this basic recipe (from memory) and tinker. Pretty much all granolas follow the ratio of 4:1 rolled oats to liquids. Up to you what other good stuff you want to add in.

6 cups rolled oats
.5 cup sweetener (usually agave or maple syrup)
1 cup canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
.5 tbsp cinnamon
.5 tbsp cocoa powder
.5 tbsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts
.5 cup pumpkin seeds
coconut flakes

Cook for ~50 minutes at 300F, toss/stir once halfway through.

I like clumpy granola, so sometimes I'll add an egg white or two to the mix.
posted by benbenson at 5:16 PM on September 22

I like Cookie & Kate's granola recipe. I usually add clove and allspice to it as well.

No matter which recipe you decide to go with, C&K's recipe has this really good tip for getting good granola clusters:

For maximum clumps, gently press down on the granola with the back of a spatula after stirring the mixture at the half-way baking point. Then put the pan back into the oven to finish baking.
posted by urbanlenny at 5:28 PM on September 22

Granola isn’t historically high protein, but some recipes call for powdered milk…but you’re vegan so you could use one of those recipes and sub an unsweetened protein powder. There’s also peanut butter granola, and you can also add in hempseeds to boost the protein.
posted by Champagne Supernova at 8:34 PM on September 22

I mix rolled oats+butter oil+golden syrup in 12+4+4 ratio spread that out on a couple of baking sheets and toast in the oven. That will be too sweet for you, so reduce syrup and/or substitute with less honey. Flaked almonds should be toasted separately because the browning times are different. Mix when cooled to R°T, cast thereto whatever else you fancy. Recommend a handful of rolled wheat berries to vary texture, add protein. Yum!
posted by BobTheScientist at 11:58 PM on September 22

I am eating some home-made granola right now as I type this! I use the high protein pecan granola recipe from Joe Wicks (UK fitness guy) and I've been eating it for more than a year with some adjustments. For example, he specifies pecan for the nuts, but I use whatever is on sale (mix of almonds, walnuts etc). The batch below makes 16 servings of 60g each. I eat it with a couple of big spoons of full fat greek yoghurt and some milk/almond milk which makes it pretty high protein. You could of course sub vegan yoghurt and almond/oat/your milk of choice for vegan option.

Dry Ingredients:
290g oats
350 g nuts
200 g seeds
cinammon/nutmeg/allspice to taste
pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:
4 egg whites (I'm not a big egg fan, and don't want to waste the yolks, so I sometimes use 4tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 12tbs of water and left to sit for 15 minutes or a mix of the two. This would work to make it vegan too of course)
170g peanut butter
60g maple syrup
2tbsp of almond or vanilla essence (or to taste)

Preheat oven to 180C.

Combine the wet ingredients and either mix with a spoon or blend (I tend to blend because I buy big tubs of peanut butter and it can get a bit stiff, so I blend with an immersion blender). In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, mix together, and then stir in the wet ingredients. You'll get some clumps and some bits that are still kind of dry and oaty -I don't sweat this!

I often use the chia seed option and it works great - helps hold together the granola, and then is vegan. you can probably get away with 3tbs of chia seeds and 9 tbs of water (1:3 ratio chia to water).

Spread out onto two baking trays lined with parchment paper or similar, then bake for about 30 minutes. I stir/break up the clumps half way. Keeps in an airtight container for a good few weeks. If you want it crunchier, leave it in the oven for longer.

PS: do NOT use pine nuts - they come out greasy
posted by sedimentary_deer at 12:37 AM on September 23 [1 favorite]

If you want the granola to be vegan you can use whipped aquafaba in place of egg whites. I like this recipe: To up the protein I sometimes add a bit of unflavored protein.
posted by aquablue582 at 9:25 AM on September 23

Since it's not about cooking granola but she had talked about wanting to buy granola that isn't as sweet, I sent the following info to the OP by MeMail and she suggested I add it to the thread as well in case anyone else wants a source.

Plant Strong Foods sells granola that is only sweetened with dates, so it's way less sweet than any other granola I've tried - grocery store granola tastes like cookies to me now. It might be hard to find in stores - I always order it directly from the website. I don't know that it's particularly high in protein, but you can always add nuts.
posted by FencingGal at 5:31 AM on September 24

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil & Maple Granola is amazing and adaptable. It's vegan and super easy - just throw everything in a bowl and mix it up.

The olive oil and salt gives it a savory edge which keeps it from being too sweet. If the olive oil makes you nervous, use half olive oil and half mild vegetable oil for your first batch. You could also reduce the brown sugar or maple a bit but I think it's pretty perfect as is.

Using whole nuts gives it a really nice crunch and heartiness. If you can't find the shaved coconut, you can just sub more nuts or oats.

Oh, and don't be afraid to bake it darker than the photos show.
posted by jenquat at 5:37 PM on September 24

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