Protein Powdered Trail Mix Granola

First off, I would like to thank Kylie for nominating me for the Beautiful Lipstick Award! I’m really honored that she and other fellow bloggers appreciate the recipes I post, and I hope I can continue to blog when I go back to college in two weeks! On that note, foodwithmalvi also had its Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Muffins and its No-Cook Chickpea Salad posted on FindingVegan.com so go check that out!

Now, today’s morning recipe. Well, I was reading Peas and Thank You and came across the recipe for Protein Trail Mix Cookies so I decided to make my own version of that recipe and convert it into a Protein Trail Mix Granola! I have to say, it turned out really delicious. While I was making it, I was worried that the protein powder would just be shifted to the bottom of the container and not stick to anything. Boy was I wrong. It turned out pretty perfectly and tasted even better! I had some with coconut yogurt for breakfast this morning and it was phenomenal. There’s a very nice blend of sweetness and crunchiness in the trial mix. And, the oats aren’t baked to the point of granola crunchiness so there’s sort of a cookie texture to the whole trail mix since the oats are in-between a crunchy and a soft texture. Also, you’ll see in the original recipe that raisins were used, but I decided to use a more antioxidant-rich option and threw in some delicious goji berries instead! Moreover, it’s so healthy! There’s no added sugar at all and the trail mix is full of healthy unsaturated fats and a great serving of protein, perfect for a pre or post workout snack or an on-the-go trail mix! I hope you like it.

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The Recipe

Yields 12 Servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

3 tbsp flaxseed, ground

3/4 cup non-diary milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

1/4 cup almonds, silvered

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or carob chips

1/4 cup goji berries

2 cups gluten-free oats

4 scoops SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp raw honey

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Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. In a bowl, mix together the flaxseeds and the milk. Let it sit to the side.

3. In a large mixing bowl, measure out all of the rest of the ingredients and chop the almonds.

4. Your flaxseed and milk mixture should now look like this:

5. If it does, mix it into the bowl of ingredients and stir thoroughly to spread the honey and the flaxseed mixture around. You should start to see clusters forming and the protein powder sticking to the ingredients. It will still seem a little dry to you, but don’t worry because it still will bake perfectly and taste amazing. If you want it to be more cluster-like, add some oil or nut butter, but I honestly can say that this recipe tastes just perfect as a trail mix more than your typical granola.

5. Spray a pan with some PAM or line with some oil.

6. Spread out the trail mix evenly and pat it down.

7. Bake for ~15 – 20 minutes. Check frequently to make sure your nuts are not getting burnt.

8. Let the trail mix cool and then store in an airtight container for several days. Enjoy alone or as a topping to any snack or breakfast dish! I had some with yogurt this morning. 

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