I love experimenting in the kitchen. I have an incredible sweet tooth so I am always looking for healthier snacks and ideas that help curb my love of chocolate.
Granola is one of my favorites so I tweaked this recipe that I found to cut down on calories and increase on protein. In my experience granola is very versatile and forgiving so experiment and enjoy.
8×8 greased casserole pan makes 8 big or 16 small
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup of chopped unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of chopped dried fruit
1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 scoop of vanilla protein
1/2 cup of honey ( I like local honey)
pinch of salt
Sugar free chocolate sauce (optional)
Sugar free caramel sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Combine the nuts, coconut flakes and dried fruit, spread all the ingredients onto a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes until the combo is lightly brown. Remove from the oven, place the mixture in a bowl and set aside.
In a saucepan combine honey, salt and the vanilla protein stirring often until it thickens up, about 5 minutes. If you are using a candy thermometer your reading should be 260 degrees F. Remove it from the stove and immediately pour it over the nut mixture. Once it is evenly distributed press the nut mixture into a casserole pan and let it cool for 30 minutes to an hour.
Once the granola is completely cooled, drizzle the sugar-free caramel sauce and sugar free chocolate sauce until it sets then cut into bars and serve.
Do you guys have a favorite granola mixture? I would love to hear them and experiment with some great flavors.
Until next time guys. 😀