Posted: Dec 31, 2013 6:00 AM
 
At some point in the day we all need a little snack. Skip the prepackaged bags of sugar and carbs and instead enjoy some homemade granola. Packed with peanuts, seeds and oats, it will fill your belly with healthy goodness. No baking required.

When hunger strikes, there's no ignoring it. While it's easy to grab a bag of crackers, candy or chips to stop the rumbling, those sugary carb-filled snacks aren't doing much to keep us healthy. So, to give you a better tasting and healthier alternative, we are sharing this protein-packed granola recipe. It's filled with nuts, seeds, oats and superfoods to curb your hunger and keep you on the path to good health.

The nice thing about this homemade granola recipe is that it makes enough for seven to eight days' worth of snacks for one person. If you make a batch on the weekend, it will last you all week long. All you have to do is grab a bag of it from the freezer (or fridge) and you're good to go. Can't beat that for a quick snack!

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Protein packed granola

Serves 7 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit such as cranberries, raisins, cherries, currants or goji berries
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter (homemade nut butter works great here)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Add the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter, honey and vanilla over low heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture is fully combined pour it over the dry ingredients.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, a spatula or your clean hands, mix the dry and wet ingredients together until fully combined.
  4. Transfer the granola to a 9 x 13-inch pan and press down firmly. Cover the pan and place it in the freezer for about an hour so it can harden.
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer, break up the granola and separate it into 7 or 8 servings. Place those servings into small Ziploc bags or other storage containers of your choice.
  6. Store the individual servings of granola in the freezer and grab them as needed for a protein-filled snack to fuel your day!

Tip^ If you really want to increase the superfood status of your homemade granola, add in some coconut flakes and hempseeds.

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