Vanilla Almond Butter Protein Granola

Sarah Hayes
by Sarah Hayes
8 Servings
1 hr 10 min

This vanilla almond butter protein granola is easy to make and perfect as a before or after workout snack!

How to Make Almond Butter Protein Granola

I love this oil free homemade granola! It’s crunchy and tastes great. It is lower in sugar and gluten free.

To make this vegan protein granola, you will first need to make your ‘liquid’ binder. On low heat in a small saucepan, combine your apple juice, baking dates, unsweetened applesauce, almond butter and extracts. Heat on low and stir until combined.

Combine this thick ‘paste’ with your oats and stir to combine! This will take some ‘arm’ work to really get these combined. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake on a low oven until crunchy, stirring frequently.

Commonly Asked Questions about Protein Granola:

1.How do I get my homemade granola crunchy?

This granola contains no oil, so you will want to ensure it is spread evenly on a baking pan and stir it every 15 minutes. Stirring it will ensure the granola in the middle of the pan gets baked thoroughly. This granola also cooks at a low heat for a long time.

2.Can I use this granola as a protein bar substitute?

Since this contains a protein powder + almond butter, this homemade protein granola would be a nice change from eating your normal protein bar. If you love a protein bar though, check out our but you can use your favorite vegan protein powder!

3.Is this similar to Nature Valley Protein Granola?

I have not tried that brand of protein granola, but if you are avoiding store bought granola, this is a great oil free granola to try!

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Vanilla Almond Butter Protein Granola
Recipe details
  • 8  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 60 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 min
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  • ½ cup natural apple juice
  • ⅔ cup vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tblsp almond butter
  • 3 Tblsp baking date paste
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled outs (gluten free if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine first 7 ingredients in saucepan on stove over medium heat, stir together – it will be paste like consistency.
Combine oats and salt in large bowl. Pour your saucepan ingredients into your oat bowl. Mix really well! This will use a little muscle to do, but can be done!
Pour onto prepared pan, spread out, break up clumps. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes – this is a key step! It prevents the edge pieces from burning and also as you stir you can continue to break up the clumps so it bakes evenly. After 60 minutes, if it is still not your desired crispness, add another 10 minutes. But check! You don’t want it to burn.
Cool on wire rack. Enjoy as a snack by itself or in your favorite smoothie or chia seed bowl! I love to sprinkle mine on a chia seed pudding bowl with some homemade fruit jam and bananas.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
Sarah Hayes
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