High Protein Pumpkin Spice Granola
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If you happen to be a blog subscriber, please forgive me for my recent protein granola obsession. It started with the cinnamon vanilla protein granola and blueberry protein parfait, and I haven’t been able to stop exploring other flavor combos like this pumpkin spice granola.
This recipe isn’t all that different than the cinnamon vanilla granola. So if you’ve made that one, you’ll likely have everything on hand and know about all the potential ingredient swaps. If you don’t gra-knowla about that one, I’ll run through everything ya need to know below.
How to Make the Pumpkin Spice Granola
For the dry ingredients, you’ll need:
- rolled oats
- puffed rice cereal
- raw pumpkin seeds
- protein powder*
* I used Bowmar Nutrition’s Protein Pumpkin Spice. If you use another protein powder that’s vanilla, you can add 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice.
This protein granola is as simple as mixing the dry ingredients together before adding your two liquid ingredients—sugar free syrup and light butter.
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. You can also use real maple syrup or even honey, though you’ll add some carbs to the granola.
Also, be sure to keep an eye towards the end of baking if you use a real sugar syrup or honey since it can go from perfect to burned rather quickly.
For the light butter, you could swap it for real butter or another fat source like coconut oil.
Once you have your everything mixed together, simple spread the pumpkin spice granola mixture onto a baking sheet, leaving as many gaps as possible.
Bake it, cool it, crumble it, and you’re done!
You can see in the photo above how the large pieces can be broken down and crumbled as large or small as you’d like.
How to Make the Pumpkin Spice Protein Parfait
You can eat your pumpkin spice granola the classic way with a bit of almond milk or yogurt. But if you’re looking to really show up and show out, check out this protein parfait recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Parfait Ingredients:
- 3/4 C (168g) Vanilla Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 C (122g) Canned Pumpkin
- 1 scoop (28g) Protein Powder
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (omit if you use Bowmar Nutrition Protein Pumpkin Spice)
- 1/4 C (24g) Pumpkin Spice Protein Granola (recipe card below)
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Chopped Chocolate Chips (optional)
- Mix the canned pumpkin with the protein powder.
- Layer the vanilla Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and granola.
- Top with fat free whipped cream, chopped chocolate chips, and additional granola, if desired.
Easy enough, right?
Final Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe Notes
I spared you my normal spiel on protein powder differences, but I’ll just quickly mention that you should always substitute gram for gram, not scoop for scoop when using different protein powders.
Okay, you’re ready to rock. If you make this high protein pumpkin spice granola, I’d love to see it! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.
High Protein Pumpkin Spice Granola
A simple recipe for high protein granola with pumpkin seeds, rolled oats, and puffed rice cereal.
- 1 C (80g) Rolled Oats
- 2 C (34g) Puffed Rice Cereal
- 1/4 C (30g) Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 3 scoops (84g) Protein Powder I used Bowmar Nutrition Protein Pumpkin Spice
- 1/2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice only if you don't use pumpkin spice flavored protein powder
- 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
Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Gradually add the syrup and light butter, folding everything together gently.
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.
Bake for 22-25 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.
More Breakfast Recipes You Might Like
Since you’ll have rolled oats on hand, I’d highly recommend my breakfast cookies recipe.
And because nobody needs a savory breakfast, check out my high protein orange cinnamon rolls for a fun breakfast the whole family will devour.