Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Granola

Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Granola

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If you’re a granola lover but have trouble managing all the carbs, you’re going to love this protein granola recipe. Every serving has 7 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs, and just 90 calories. 

The recipe is super simple and requires nothing more than mixing a handful of ingredients in one bowl before baking. And you can make this protein granola in bulk so you have breakfast and snacks ready to go for weeks at a time! 

two images of protein granola and a blueberry protein parfait with title text on a white banner

Ingredients for My Protein Granola Recipe

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with posting recipes to my Instagram first for quick feedback about ingredient questions. I’ll run through the most common ingredient modification questions for this protein granola below. 

Dry Ingredients: Oats, Puffed Rice Cereal, and Graham Cracker Crumbs

The recipe calls for rolled oats, but quick oats would work fine if that’s all you have on hand. Though I wouldn’t recommend something like steel cut oats.

If you’re unfamiliar with puffed rice cereal, it’s kind of like Rice Crispies or Honey Smacks without all the nonsense. If you have trouble finding this in your local grocery, you can order it from Amazon. Beyond this protein granola, puffed rice cereal on its own is a great way to increase the volume of snacks or add crunch to smoothie bowls

protein granola dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

For the graham cracker crumbs, you could use any crushed cereal or sweet cookie. Or you could swap it entirely for chopped nuts like the pumpkin seeds in my high protein pumpkin spice granola.

Protein Powder

I used Bowmar Nutrition Frosted Cookie which is comparable to a vanilla protein powder. Since scoop sizes vary with different protein powders, be sure to match the grams (84g) and not just the number of scoops.

The photo below should give you an idea of what the protein granola will look like before adding to the baking sheet.

If you notice your mixture is too moist, add more dry ingredients. And if your protein granola mixture is dry, add a bit more butter (try to avoid adding more syrup as too much liquid will make the granola soft instead of crunchy). 

protein granola in a mixing bowl before adding to the baking sheet

Sticky Sweetener

The recipe calls for Walden Farms Pancake Syrup, a zero-calorie syrup substitute. If you’d like to use another sugar free syrup, that should work fine.

Using real maple syrup or even honey would increase the carbs, but the recipe only calls for 1/4 cup so it wouldn’t completely break the bank.

I’ll add that using real sugar may affect the cook time and could burn quickly towards the end of baking. So keep an eye on the protein granola if you make the swap. 

the protein granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper before baking

And similar to my protein powder notes, compare your protein granola before baking to the photo above. If you use a different sticky sweetener and notice you’re unable to achieve something similar, fix it before adding to the baking sheet.

Light Butter

With half the calories of real butter, I use light butter in SO many recipes. It’s one of my secret weapons for lower calorie baking. 

That said, you can easily swap it out for real butter or another fat source like coconut oil in this recipe. If you use either of these substitutes, I’d melt them before adding so you can easily fold everything together. 

Final Protein Granola Notes

If you need a pairing idea for your protein granola, check out the blueberry protein parfait below (recipe is in the Instagram caption)


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Also, as I mentioned above, I posted this recipe on Instagram first. So if you’d like to get in on the action there you can find me @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group to share your creations, get ideas and tips from other Proton Party members, and just have an all around swell time. 

a glass bowl filled with protein granola in front of a baking sheet with more protein granola on it fresh out of the oven
3.88 from 8 votes

Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Granola

A simple recipe for high protein, low carb granola to pair with yogurt, parfaits, or your morning bowl of cereal. 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 90 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


  • 1 C (80g) Rolled Oats
  • 2 C (34g) Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 1/4 C (26g) Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 3 scoops (84g) Protein Powder I used Bowmar Nutrition Frosted Cookie
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon to taste
  • 1/4 C (60mL) Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or your choice of sugar free syrup or sticky sweetener
  • 1/4 C (56g) Light Butter I used Land O' Lakes with canola


  1. Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick spray.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

  3. Gradually add the syrup and light butter, folding everything together gently.

  4. Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet. Use a spatula to spread it evenly across the entire baking sheet. Be sure to break up any large clumps and aim to have as many holes or spaces as possible in the mixture.

  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the granola is golden brown and crisp. After the granola has cooled, use your hands to break up the granola into pieces as small as you'd like. Store in an airtight container at room temp.

Recipe Notes

Each serving has 2 Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Granola
Amount Per Serving (24 g (1/4 C))
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Breakfast Recipes You Might Like

If you’re a true breakfast lover, you need to check out my high protein orange cinnamon rolls

orange cinnamon rolls with orange drizzle on a baking sheet

And if you’re looking for a savory breakfast, my honey bacon and brussels sprouts breakfast pie will make veggies for breakfast as exciting as they can be. 

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