Who doesn’t love granola? Crunchy, sweet, and oh so easy to eat bowl after bowl of. I went through a pretty strict keto phase (now I’m a little less strict but cut out most “non-nutritive” carbs and most grains) and missed eating granola and cereal so much I would practically dream about eating it. I was afraid to even have one bowl because I’m pretty sure I would’ve downed the entire box. So I mimicked a sort of granola I had at one of my favorite restaurants, added a bunch of more ingredients, and viola! I had the best ever low carb/keto granola recipe. It definitely does the trick for me and is full of nutrition!
- Muscle-building proteins, natural fiber, magnesium, Vitamin E, and all the great elements found in nuts.
- Hemp seeds (not to be confused with marijuana) have essential amino acids and so much more! And they’re so tasty!
- Protein powder-depending on what protein powder you use, this adds a lot of flavor by adding event a small amount. Plus, many protein powders have additional nutrients beyond just protein. Purely Inspired Vanilla is my current favorite, lower carb protein powder.
- Cacao nibs are nature’s original chocolate. They are a bit bitter by themselves, but added to recipes or shakes, they add great texture, chocolaty goodness, and are full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber.
- You can see why I include chia seeds and celtic sea salt as “must-have” kitchen items because of the tremendous amount of healthy fats and minerals. Read more in this recent blog post.
- Collagen is all the hype right now, and boasts positive impacts on hair and skin. I don’t add enough to make a huge difference, but I figure every little bit counts.
- 2 cups nut of choice (I use almonds, peanuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pecans, and never the same proportion)
- 1/2 cup protein powder (I use vanilla most of the time but sometimes chocolate. Purely Inspired is my current favorite, lower carb protein powder)
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds (get mine from Costco)
- 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs
- 2 Tablespoons “dry” chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Collagen (I sneak it in whenever I can)
- pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
- optional add ins: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pepitas, raisins, coconut, dark chocolate, dried fruit, etc; I would just stir these in after your mix is made because the food processor will cut them down too much
Step 1 (That’s it! There’s only 1!):
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to begin with, then medium speed just until it’s ground to your preference (you’ll want the nuts to be “chunky” but be careful not to process down to a powder).
You can add this keto granola to yogurt, or throw a few berries on top and add almond milk. Such an easy snack to have at work or in the car. Technically, since it has hemp seeds, it should be stored in the refrigerator, but I store mine in our pantry. It lasts for days if not a couple weeks (or longer–I just eat mine sooner).