Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)
It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet. Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.
- 4 cup cups old fashioned oats or use 3 cups oats and 1 hearty whole grain flakes such as Nature’s Path Heritage Flakes (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
- 1 cup shelled unsalted pistachios or coarsely chopped cashews or use 1/2 and 1/2
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa nibs also called raw chocolate or cacao, optional
- 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. coarse salt or use less, to taste
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or use canola oil
- 1 cup dried cherries halved, or cranberries (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon) except the dried fruit.
- In a large measuring cup, combine the syrup and the oil. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
- Spread the granola on the baking sheet and bake it for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring once after 15 minutes, until it is golden brown. Watch carefully for the last 5 minutes to be sure to take it out before it gets too browned. Let it cool and store covered tightly for up to a month (you can freeze half).
Nutritional Information per Serving (% based upon Daily Values): Calories 292, Total Fat 11.5g, 17.5%, Saturated Fat 4.5g, 22.5%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 77.45mg, 3%, Carbohydrate 43.5g, 14.5%, Dietary Fiber 5.5g, 21.5%, Sugar 19.5g, Protein 4g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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