Homemade High Protein Granola (Cereal with Nuts)

High protein granola in white bowl with yogurt, honey dripping of side with blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and big bowl of granola in background
Posted On: March 20, 2023
Last updated: May 27th, 2024

Do you love granola, but hate paying the high prices for a little bag at the store? Make your own granola, it’s easy and way less expensive! This homemade granola recipe gets most of it’s protein from nuts and oats. I love a little granola on a bowl of plain Greek yogurt with some honey and fresh berries. It’s one of the easiest and healthiest breakfasts you can have and takes no time to put together. Give this high-protein granola a try and I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Granola with almonds and dried cranberries close up on silver spoon with more granola on sheet pan with parchment paper

Why you should start making your own

I’ll be honest, I only started making my own granola this past year. We took a trip to California to see family and my brother in law prepared and shared his sister in-law’s granola recipe while we were visiting. I was sold from that day forward! This recipe is adapted from that one we tried and loved. You could make this on the weekend with 10-15 mins hands-on time and 30 minutes of baking, that’s it.

The Cost of Store-Bought

Once I saw how easy it was to make homemade granola I thought about how much money I could save! Now that grocery prices have inflated so much and I’m seeing more and more “shrinkflation” (packages shrinking in size while prices remain the same making you pay more per unit), I’ve been making more homemade granola! It’s crazy how much you can spend now on a small bag of granola. You’ll easily spend $5 for only about 11oz./ 1.375 cups of granola! This recipe makes 9 cups of granola with the bulk of it being made from old fashioned oats which is really inexpensive. With current prices, you can buy a little over 5 cups of oats at Aldi’s for $4. It’s a win-win making your own!

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How to make homemade granola

Making granola is easy enough for anyone to handle. If you know how to work your oven, you can make granola. Start out adding your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl: old-fashioned rolled oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, protein powder, cinnamon, ground ginger and sea salt. Give it all a stir to combine and then add the wet ingredients; maple syrup and coconut oil. Stir it well to make sure you’ve moistened all of the dry parts. Then add the granola mixture to 2 large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread it out in a nice even layer; I’d say about 1/4-1/2 inch thick to allow the mixture to roast well.

bowl of yogurt with granola and berries with more berries to the left and sheet pan of baked granola in background

Is Granola Healthy?

Granola is as healthy as you make it. Making your own you always have more control as to what goes into it which definitely makes it healthier. This granola has a base of old-fashioned rolled oats which are unprocessed and high in fiber and protein. Some store-bought granola, especially the cheap ones have high fructose corn syrup which I try to avoid at all costs. It’s hard to avoid all artificial sweeteners, but this one is usually obvious.

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Can you eat this granola as cereal?

Absolutely! This granola is perfect for yogurt, but it’s not clumpy like some store-bought granola so it’s great to enjoy a small bowl with your favorite milk as well. It’ll be quite filling so you won’t need a lot to feel satisfied. If you’re like my husband though, you won’t need a bowl of milk, just pour it right into your hands and enjoy. Ha!

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Is granola high in protein?

Protein in this granola comes from rolled oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and protein powder. Rolled oats are a great source of fiber and protein. I opted for almonds in this recipe because they are one the highest in protein out of nuts. Once roasted, I can hide them from my kids. Peanuts are high in protein, but my kids are aren’t fans and I can’t hide the taste of them as well. Here’s a great article from Healthline about 8 high-protein nuts to add to your diet if you want to learn more about how much protein is in each type of nut. I add sunflower and ground flax seeds as well. Here’s an article giving run downs on seeds and grams of protein in each of the seed types in, The Beet’s The 6 Seeds with the most protein if you want to learn more.

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High Protein Granola Ingredients

  • Old-fashioned Rolled Oats– do not use quick cook oats, they’ve been processed
  • Almonds– use raw almonds, not roasted. You will be roasting them yourself in this recipe. If you can find raw sliced almonds, that’s even better, but sometimes you pay a lot more for someone else to do the work for you.
  • Sunflower kernels– The kernels are the “meat” of the sunflower seeds and they are actually high in protein. I love these because they are also very small and I can hide them from my picky “taste testers,” i.e. the kids.
  • Ground flax seeds– aka flaxseed meal. Flax seeds are very high in fiber besides protein so they’re a double whammy health-wise.
  • Protein powder– I like to use vanilla protein powder since it has the least obtrusive flavor out of protein powders, but you can of course switch to another flavor or unflavored if you like. Chocolate would be great too!
  • Cinnamon– Cinnamon is heavy in this recipe. It’s good for you and tastes great here.
  • Ginger– I go heavy on the ground ginger here because I think it’s so good that way, you can tone it down if you want.
  • Salt– I use fine sea salt for this recipe, but if you use regular table salt, use a tad less.
  • Vanilla extract– Optional, but a delicious addition!
  • Maple syrup– you can substitute some of the maple syrup with honey which is great. I’m just going for a Vegan version of granola for this recipe. You can also opt for a little brown sugar in place of some maple syrup if you like as well since it is less expensive.
  • Coconut oil– I like coconut oil for this, but you can absolutely use sunflower oil or any other oil you prefer.
  • Cranberries– I like cranberries for this recipe, but you can substitute or add any other dried fruit you prefer. Raisins or dates are great for this as well. If you’re looking for lower sugar, I recommend dried cranberries that are unsweetened, but those can be hard to find.
granola in white bowl with yogurt, honey, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries with baking sheet with granola on side and bowl in background with silver spoon on the side

Granola Flavor Combinations

Fall Vibes Granola:

Replace Cinnamon with Pumpkin Pie Spice and replace the almonds with pecans.

Coconut Chocolate Granola:

Replace vanilla protein powder with chocolate. After baking, add chopped up dark chocolate chunks with unsweetened coconut flakes.

Over-top view of white bowl with yogurt, honey, berries and homemade granola on teal napkin with sheet pan of granola on the side.

Optional Granola Add-Ons

  • Hemp seeds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips– well, because it’s chocolate and everyone loves a little of that sweet chocolate flavor. Good quality dark chocolate chips would be recommended.
  • Chia seeds– chia seeds are so good for your gut and blend in well without much flavor.
  • Coconut Flakes– some people are not fans of coconut, but I love it, so I’m happy to add it on. Unsweetened is preferred if you don’t want to add sugar.
  • Dates– chopped up dates would be delicious and a great addition with natural sweetness.
  • Pumpkin seeds– I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin seeds always, but for those who like them, they do have great benefits like, you guessed, it, protein!
  • Nut butter– any sort of nut butter you like, for instance, cashew butter, almond butter or good old fashioned peanut butter. This could make your granola clumpier if you like it that way.
  • Seed butter– sesame seed or sunflower seed butter.
  • Real Honey– I love honey, my sister’s a beekeeper so I can definitely appreciate honey. In this recipe I just try to go for the deep rich, subtle sweetness of maple syrup.
  • Agave Syrup– this is also a vegan option you could use in place of maple syrup if you prefer. It should
bowl of yogurt with granola and berries with more berries to the left and sheet pan of baked granola in background

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Homemade High Protein Granola (Cereal with Nuts)

This high-protein granola recipe makes about 9 cups of Granola. 
It’s delicious as a yogurt topping or enjoy it as a granola cereal with your favorite milk!  Be sure to store at room-temperature in an air-tight container and enjoy within a month. 
If you want it to last longer, you can freeze it and enjoy for about 6 months. 
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 147 kcal


  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats not quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup protein powder
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 -1 cup dried cranberries- DO NOT BAKE can sub. for raisins or chopped dates


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mix together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl: oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, ginger, protein powder and salt.  Stir well to combine, coating everything.
  • Add maple syrup, vanilla extract & coconut oil and stir until all of the mixture looks wet.
  • Transfer mixture to 2 large baking sheets, lined with parchment paper .  If not using parchment paper, just spray the sheet pans with some cooking oil.
  • I like to pack down the mixture to about 1/4-1/2.”  This allows the mixture to roast evenly and gives the bottom a little crisp. 
  • Roast for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. (After you stir it, make sure it’s all evenly dispersed. 
  • Once the granola is done baking, remove from the oven and add the dried fruit, in this case, cranberries and stir it up again. Allow to cool completely to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.


Store Granola in an air-tight container and enjoy in about 1 month for freshness. You can freeze extra for about 6 months. 

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast, cereal, granola, oats, whole grains, yogurt topping
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  • Unfortunately this came out very dry for me. It didn’t get crisp or clump up. Maybe it depends a lot on the type of protein powder you use?

    • Beth, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out how you like. I do mention that this kind of granola does not clump up, it’s more of a cereal consistency. As for dryness, it is granola which is dry, so I’m not sure how that’s a bad thing. Sorry for your disappointment though.

    • For this recipe, yes. If you see on the nutrition block it says a serving is 1/4 cup (about the amount someone would put on yogurt) and the recipe makes about 9 cups of granola. Hope this helps.

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe for my granola. I do add a stick of butter instead of coconut oil. I did not mix it every 10 minutes one time and it did not turn out good. So be sure to stir every 10 minutes like she said.

    • Awesome! Glad you like it. I’m sure butter is great too! Butter makes everything good! Thanks for the comment on the stirring as well.

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