Protein-Packed Hemp Heart Granola

A crunchy, healthy snack or breakfast that’s full of protein that is frugal and homemade?

You betcha!

Granola seems to be the go-to snack of hippies, hikers, and health nuts alike. Ready-made granola purchased from stores, however, tends to be full of sugar and other not-so-desirable ingredients. Thankfully, making healthy granola at home is easy and economical.

Hemp Hearts: Naturally Protein Packed

Oats generally make granola a carb-heavy food. Carbs do give us energy when we’re hiking, but they don’t always provide long-term satiety. Adding protein to all those carbs means we can feel fuller, longer.

Hemp hearts pack a LOT of protein in a tiny package. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts contain 11 grams of protein — all from a clean, natural, vegetable-based source!

Served with fresh fruit and milk, hemp heart granola gives a quick and healthy start to the day. Top yogurt or fresh fruit with hemp heart granola for a crunchy hit of protein. Sprinkle hemp heart granola over ice cream or pudding for delightfully crisp texture on normally smooth desserts.

How To Customize Your Hemp Heart Granola

The basic recipe is easy and contains few ingredients. The options to make it personal and indulgent are endless. Some ideas to consider:

  • Use any ground spice or combination of spices instead of the ground cardamom.
  • Substitute maple syrup instead of honey to keep it vegan.
  • Switch out the vanilla extract for almond or coconut extract for a completely different flavor profile.
  • Add 1/2 cup of dried fruits to the mix after it has cooled before storing and eating later.
  • For an even sweeter, almost dessert-like option add up to 1/2 cup chocolate chips after it has cooled.

Skip the expensive and dubious ingredient-laden granola from the store and make your own with this super easy and delicious hemp heart granola recipe.

Are you going to try some hemp heart granola?

Protein-Packed Hemp Heart Granola
A crunchy, healthy snack full of protein that is frugal and homemade? You betcha! And with hemp hearts for added protein, you'll be fuller, longer!
    Prep Time10 minutes
    Cook Time15-18 minutes
    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
    3. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, hemp hearts, salt, and ground cardamom.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract until combined.
    5. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry. Stir until everything is moistened.
    6. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared jelly roll pan.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven 15-18 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Granola will be brown when done.
    8. Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight jar when completely cool.

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