Homemade High Protein Granola with Fat Burning Ingredients

Who can say they don’t LOVE a crunchy granola with ice-cold milk? I know I certainly do!  It’s usually touted as a ‘healthy’ breakfast on food labels and to an extent it probably is, but like most other packaged cereals it also has a high calorie and sugar content which is not so healthy. The frustration of this prompted me to create my own healthier version, and this turned out to be so delicious it’s literally the first thing I think about eating when I wake up in the morning.

I’m sure you’ll love this homemade, high protein granola with fat burning ingredients as much as I do. The high protein content, along with other certain fat burning foods, helps to fire up your metabolism in the morning and keep it stoked for the rest of the day. Who knew food could do that? That’s why picking your ingredients wisely, whilst still keeping them tasty, is the easiest and most painless way to not only boost weight loss, but to also keep you healthy for life.

 

How Fat Burning Foods Work:-

breakfast bowl with fruit

There are certain foods that both boost your metabolism and also help keep your blood sugar stable; both of which are key elements in keeping the excess pounds at bay without having to do too much hard work. Adding these certain foods to ALL your meals as much as you can will really make a difference over time to your weight. That and plenty of physical exercise of course, which is another metabolism booster.

These amazing fat burning foods include the following:-

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cacao nibs
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Prebiotics
  • Probiotics
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Green Superfood Powders
  • Whole grains
  • Pulses
  • Cinnamon
  • Green Tea
  • Broccoli
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Oil
  • Protein Powders
  • Buckwheat

These foods are all high in the nutrients and antioxidants which are vital to health, vitality, your immune system, and anti aging. Most of them are known as nature’s superfoods, which refers to a group of foods higher in nutrition than any others. Obviously, a diet filled with these will make you a very healthy, happy, person indeed.

 

Antioxidants and Fat Burning

woman with flat stomach

A diet high in antioxidants has many benefits, one of the main being helping to keep the body more alkaline as opposed to acidic. Antioxidants fight the free radical damage inflicted to your cells by environmental toxins such as exhaust fumes, industrial fumes, smoking, alcohol, junk foods, sugar, trans fats, pharmaceutical drugs (or drugs of any kind for that matter), and household chemicals.

Your body is hit by an onslaught of many of these, all day, every day. That’s a lot to deal with going through your system, and anything that doesn’t get (or cannot be) eliminated through detoxification ends up being stored for safe keeping in fat your cells. These cells will just keep swelling and swelling to accommodate these toxins, and this process, along with lots of junk foods, can eventually be a contributor to obesity. This is why lots antioxidants and detoxification foods are absolutely VITAL to your health and to a weight loss diet.

 

The Role of Highly Nutritious Foods:-

colourful vegetables

Eating an array of highly nutritious foods, along with a highly plant based diet in general, will guarantee you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to fire on all cylinders. Feeling fantastic, having plenty of energy, and also a strong immune system is just not possible without a balance of the right nutrients being eaten regularly.

And another awesome side effect of good nutrition is LESS CRAVINGS for the bad stuff! You crave junk foods and sugar when your body is out of balance and screaming out for nutrients; take this problem out of the equation and you won’t be having those monstrous cravings that put paid to all your good intentions.

 

Sugar Addiction:

ring donut

Sugar addiction is rife, and most of us have it going on on some level due to the simple fact that modern foods are jam packed with the stuff – even so called savoury foods are often laced with refined sugars and sweeteners. If you go to your kitchen cupboard right now you will more than likely find dozens of hidden sugars in your foods and snacks that you didn’t even know were there.

Sugar can be disguised under so many different terms that it’s hard not to get in a faff about it all (see here for the other 50 names that sugar may be termed under in the food you eat). However, if you try to eat mostly ‘whole foods’ in their natural form, such as fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, organic tofu, nuts, and seeds then you really can’t go wrong, and you won’t have to worry about pesky hidden sugars.

If you think you may be addicted to sugar rather more than you should be, then please find some handy tips on how to cut down easily in my post ‘Quitting sugar in 6 Easy Steps‘.

 

Protein and Fat Burning:-

dried lentils and quinoa

Eating a lower carb, higher protein diet is always going to give you a fat burning edge, and is another great tip for keeping weight down and maintained. It’s also something that is so simple to do when you understand a few basic rules of high protein foods and food combining.

Put simply, protein increases thermogenesis, which is a metabolic process that causes your body to burn calories at an accelerated rate to produce heat. The more you can keep your body in this state, the more calories you will burn. Other factors that induce thermogenisis are the temperature of your environment and exercise.

 

Homemade High Protein Granola with Fat Burning Ingredients

 granola with berries

If you can start your day with a high protein, antioxidant rich breakfast choc full of fat burning foods then you cannot give yourself a better start to the day. This granola has ALL of these things, and will keep your blood sugar stable for hours stopping cravings in their tracks.

It is also jam packed with healthy fats for brainpower, a healthy heart, and a glowing complexion. In fact, all the antioxidants and fats work together to boost each other even further, making this simple breakfast perfect for not only weight watchers, but also for people studying or learning, or in training or exercise programs. And don’t forget, this sort of food is great for the kids too as they are often doing a lot of all of these things, you may just want to chop the nuts and other elements up a bit smaller for them.

 

Benefits of Stable Blood Sugar:-

plate of healthy foods

It’s so important to eat low GI foods as much as possible in order to keep your blood sugars stable, and this doesn’t just apply to diabetics; it applies to everyone! Eating slow release carbs with fats and protein (like everything in this granola) will give you a ‘slow burn’ of energy. You won’t have an insulin surge like you would if you were to eat refined sugars on their own, which means your body will be encouraged to burn fat rather than store fat. Good eh?

 

How to Make:-

You can vary the nuts, seeds, and fruits in this recipe if you really need to (although I have picked these certain ones because of their unique antioxidant and fat profiles), but I recommend you stick as close to the recipe as possible if you want all the benefits. Always stick to the main elements of coconut oil, oats, and buckwheat grouts.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 grams of buckwheat grouts (you can buy these in most supermarkets or health food stores). These are very important because they are a highly nutritious and full of protein and fiber. They are actually a seed not a grain, so gluten free too. Also, an immune booster with a full array of B vitamins.
  • 250 grams of jumbo oats – Full of fiber, heart friendly, and beta glucens.
  • 1 cup of chopped raw walnuts – High in vitamin E and omega 3’s; good for the brain, heart, and memory.
  • 2/3 cup of chopped raw almonds – High in magnesium, help lower cholesterol, fat burning.
  • 1/3 cup of chopped raw Brazil nuts – Selenium for mood; high in iron, and calcium.
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup of milled chia powder – Omega 3’s, fiber, calcium, antioxidants.
  • 1 cup of chopped dates – Anti inflammatory, bone health, phosphorus, vitamin K.
  • 2/3 cup of sultanas – Iron, potassium, antioxidants.
  • 15 x chopped unsulphured apricots – Vitamin A, good for the blood, bones and skin.
  • Goji berries (optional, but taste great!) – Powerful anti aging superfood!
  • 1 x heaped tablespoon of ceylon cinnamon powder (to help with lowering blood sugar for the whole day). Read more on this here.
  • 2 x teaspoons of ginger powder – Anti inflammatory, digestive aid.
  • 2/3 cup of cacao nibs – Flavenols, antioxidants, magnesium.
  • 4 x tablespoons of virgin coconut oil – Fat burning, controls blood sugar.

 

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and add two large baking trays with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil each in them to melt.
  2. Mix the buckwheat grouts and jumbo oats together and add in equal amounts to the pans and mix in to the oil.
  3. Bake for about 15 mins then take out and give another mix; return and bake for a further 10 or so minutes until it’s all going slightly brown. You want a nutty effect but not burnt.
  4. Take out and leave to cook then simply add in all the other ingredients and mix well. It’s important you keep all the other ingredients in their raw state as this will keep the nutritious oils and antioxidants stable; you want this to be a virtually ‘raw’ breakfast as raw foods just give you more energy in general.
  5. Next just store in a large mason jar or other airtight container and it will keep for weeks (probably longer, but mine never hangs about that long!)

 

TO SERVE:-

granola with fresh fruit

Make the most of this brekkie, lunch, or even a snack any time of the day by adding a cold sugar free plant milk, preferably organic soya for even more protein (when it comes to soy products, I don’t eat too much and also only go for organic as it is notorious for being GMO). Also, I like to add extra fresh fruit and berries on top to get even more goodness in – berries are especially beneficial to fat burning!

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you too enjoy this fantastically healthy granola. Please let me know what you think below. Do you know of any way this recipe can be improved? Your input is always very welcome and appreciated.

 

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Stefanie Taylor

I have studied all things nutrition for many years and it is where my absolute passion lies. I and have recently transformed my life, health, and fitness with the plant based diet, and have been truly astounded by the new level of zest and vitality I feel because of it. I am here to share this with you, and to maybe help you on your own journey to this awesome state of being. Let's make the world a healthier, happier place together :-)

22 Comments

Furkan · 20/12/2018 at 7:04 pm

I think I will do that and eat it after my workouts. It looks really delicious. However I just can’t find chia powder in my town and don’t have any online shopping opportunities here. Can you recommend an alternative?

    Stefanie Taylor · 21/12/2018 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Furkan, yes this would make a brilliant, filling post workout food. As an alternative to chia you could use ground flax, or linseed as it’s otherwise called. It’s really super high fiber and helps to clear out your colon and detoxify. If you can’t find that then just leave that particular ingredient out, it’s not a problem as it’s so full of other goodies anyway.

Chyke · 20/12/2018 at 8:34 pm

I never knew there are food that stabilizes blood sugar levels and makes people not crave for sugar. This has been one of the habits I want to give up. Maybe protein ganola will help. I may need to take another look at learning how to cook such special dishes.

    Stefanie Taylor · 23/12/2018 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Chyke, yes there are many foods that stabalise blood sugar, for instance, anything low GI or high fat and protein with low sugar will all help to keep your blood sugar stable. This is why this granola is great as it does this for you, so great to eat in the morning especially as it will help stop sugar cravings for the whole day.

    Please read more on low GI foods here and try to incorporate more into your diet for health reasons

Danielle Packer · 21/12/2018 at 1:02 am

I love this website layout! Looks great and is easy to read.
Granola is AMAZING! And I love how youve helped us create our own healthy version, a guilt-free treat are always the best treats! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Stefanie Taylor · 21/12/2018 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Danielle, and I’m really happy about the compliment on my website. Brilliant!

    Yes this granola really IS a great; in fact, you can eat it any time. Sometimes in the evening I just take the whole jar with me and eat it in front of the TV ha ha. Yum!

JB · 22/12/2018 at 1:07 pm

What a great recipe! I have never thought of using buckwheat as the base. I do love granola, but so many recipes it has so much sugar and fairly low protein. But this is great. When I started reading, I was expecting to have it just add more protein, not remove the carbs and changing the entire nature of the recipe. I’m making this today! Awesome!!

    Stefanie Taylor · 23/12/2018 at 3:46 pm

    Hey, thanks and I’m sure you will love this recipe! The buckwheat when toasted adds a whole new element to this granola, and for good measure it’s also gluten free and way higher in protein than most grains. Truly delicious, and very low in sugar, apart from the sugars that come naturally in the fruit.

    Always be sure to use dried fruits with NO added sugar, which means reading labels carefully as they often try to sneak it in there. Also, good to stay away from any other added colours of preservatives in your dried fruit. Ideally the label ingredients should just say the fruit and nothing else; dried fruits need no added sugars as they naturally are sweet and intense in flavour on their own.

    I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Barry · 26/12/2018 at 1:21 pm

What a great post! Two years ago I changed my life-style (eating habits) and one of the biggest areas that struggle with is my sweet tooth. You have presented thought food (hopefully non-fattening variety) to help.

This will definitely help anybody who struggles with eating healthy. At age 79 I have lost 50 pounds and kept it off for 11 months now and have joined the ranks of race walkers. Two years ago I was not able to walk 1 mile now do 5k almost daily.

Keep adding great information/inspiration

Barry

    Stefanie Taylor · 26/12/2018 at 5:33 pm

    Wow Barry, what an inspiring story, and you deserve a huge congratulations for losing 50lbs. That must have taken a lot of dedication, especially if you have a swwet tooth!

    I always find that to conquer sugar cravings I use lots of healthy fats and a low GI diet. Breakfast is a huge part of mastering your blood sugar early on in the day. If you eat a low GI high protein breakfast then this will keep your blood sugar much more stable for the rest of the day than if you were to eat a high sugar breakfast. Another fantastic food for stabalising sugar is the humble avocado. In fact, it’s literally on of the best foods for the job that is also a fantastic weight loss food too and is easy to add to any meal or smoothie.

Mike Beatty · 26/12/2018 at 2:29 pm

Hey Stephanie,

I’m a big fan of whole food plant based diets. I really do think this would prevent a huge number of illnesses and diseases people have if they are like this.

Thanks so much for sharing I’m defo going to try out the protein bars!!

Mike

    Stefanie Taylor · 26/12/2018 at 5:21 pm

    Hey, yep plant based is definitely the way to go if you want to feel your best, and also much more environmentally friendly too which is a bonus. I hope you enjoy the granola which I’m sure could easily be converted into bars with the addition if a little extra coconut oil.

Todd Matthews · 26/12/2018 at 10:26 pm

This is something new and exciting. What impressed me the most was your knowledge of antioxidants, free radicals, vitamins, minerals, and the role they play in the body. You sure know your nutrition through and through.

I strive to eat my best all the time and although I’ve cheated during the Holiday season I’m always looking for ways to make clean, nutritious food taste great. I’ve found dozens of methods but I’m literally craving this granola as I write my comment.

My whole family is good at eating nutrient-dense food and once upon a time, it was just me until I introduced foods such as these to them and these days, it’s completely different. Again, my family and I do cheat around the Holidays but the minute the food’s gone, it’s 100% nutritious all year, even during the Holidays in the summer with all the cookouts.

    Stefanie Taylor · 26/12/2018 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Todd, sounds like you know your stuff too when it comes to healthy eating! I too strive to eat well 90-95% of the times and then I always have a little leeway to relax or have a treat, especially around holidays.

    It’s so great you have got your whole family into it; I have too and they are much healthier for it. I dread to think about the junk foods they used to eat before. Healthy eating sure does wear off onto other people, I have even converted work colleagues in the past ha ha.

Irma · 26/12/2018 at 10:42 pm

Great recipe. I am excited to find a recipe that is full of ingredients that I can eat (grain free)! While I will not be adding any “milk” to mine, I think it will make a excellent addition to my list of things that I can eat for breakfast.

Do you think it would be possible to heat this, say with a bit of water, to make a hot cereal? Only asking as I look out the window at the snow storm that just hit our city…

    Stefanie Taylor · 26/12/2018 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Irma, I’m glad you like the look of this recipe and I’m sure you will love it. However, if you use the oats like I do then it won’t be grain free, but it will be gluten free if you are careful where you source your oats if that’s what you’re worried about. If you really can’t eat grains then there’s no reason why you can’t use the buckwheat grouts and the use buckwheat flakes instead of the oats. This will at least give it some texture variety.

    And yes, there’s absolutely no reason why it wouldn’t work with a bit of warm water, just be sure not to over boil if you want to keep all those lovely raw food nutrients in tact. As a side thought, I also think it would go amazingly well with some yogurt, or better still some coconut yogurt with live cultures… yum!

Tom Fitzsimmons · 27/12/2018 at 12:34 pm

I really like the look of your website. Lots of really great information. So much content! Well done. The article was easy to read and informative. I like the way you give facts throughout the article. You have a very believable way of writing. Well done.

    Stefanie Taylor · 27/12/2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Tom, I’m flattered you like my website, it’s always good to receive positive feedback to know you’re on the right track. I like to give facts and educate in my articles and not just post recipes. Every meal I make I like to be balanced and for all the ingredients to work and enhance each other nutrient wise as well as taste wise.

Matts Mom · 02/01/2019 at 5:37 pm

I just recently started a new low carb, high protein diet. This homemade granola will be a great snack for me. That is my only problem, I get hungry and then instead of a healthy snack I end up eating something not good for me that is “handy”. Are some of these ingredients available at a health food type store?

    Stefanie Taylor · 02/01/2019 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Leahrae, yes I’m the same, I need healthy snacks around me at all times in case my blood sugar drops and I get hungry. Sometimes this can be a problem depending on where you are; especially on holidays!

    Luckily, you can buy all of these ingredients at any grocery or health food store. If not, then you can easily swap them up with other items as the recipe is easily adaptable. I would however keep the main staples of buckwheat grouts and oats, but you can always mix up your nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Make sure to use unsweetened fruits; you have to be savvy about that as many have hidden sugars so always read labels.

    Enjoy!

Nick Cooke · 15/01/2019 at 2:46 pm

Although fat burning isn’t my primary goal, I will definitely try this recipe because there are other health benefits such as those beneficial to the heart and brain. Also the fact that it has foods containing iron is great as I’m anaemic, so thank you for this post!

    Stefanie Taylor · 15/01/2019 at 4:01 pm

    Yes, this granola is definitely good for everybody whether they want to lose weight or not. You can’t get a better start to the day than eating lots of plant based protein, healthy fats, nutrients, and low GI complex carbohydrates. It’s everything the body needs for energy, mood, and hunger control and will fill you up fill you up until lunch.

    The best thing about this granola is you can moderate it to your own tastes or to what you have available in your cupboards, as long as you keep the main base of oats, buckwheat grouts, and coconut oil.

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