Avoiding That On-Sale Holiday Candy: Chocolate Lovers Protein Granola

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We’ve been there. Standing in front of the bright red and pink wrapped Valentine’s day candy at your grocery store. They beckon you; those 70% off prices cannot be ignored… STOP EVERYTHING. Walk away. ACBM has your sweet tooth covered (without the heart problems) chocolate lovers!

Granola is that wildcard ‘breakfast’ food. It is mixed with almost everything from fruit to chocolate. It is usually made with oats, which are high in fiber and health benefits, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the dish is healthy. Lesson 1: All granola is not created equal. There are some recipes with a healthy combination and a not-so-healthy combination. It’s all about those additional ingredients (and portion sizes).

The reason granola often gets mixed reviews from health and weight articles is all about the amount you put in your body. Our philosophy at ACBM is that you should enjoy the life you live. What’s the point of keeping your body stick thin if you never enjoy what you put in it? Serve your granola on a low-carb yogurt or with fat-free milk in ¼ cup servings.

On the Dashing Dish, we found a high-fiber, high-protein version of a granola that is both heart-healthy and taste-bud approved. (And did we mention it’s gluten free?)

What You Need:

  • 3 cups Old fashioned oats

  • ¼ cup Baking stevia OR ½ cup sweetener that measures like sugar

  • 1 tsp Baking powder

  • ½-¾ tsp Salt

  • ½ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup Protein powder (plain, vanilla, or chocolate)

  • ⅛ cup Honey

  • ¼ cup Egg whites

  • 3 tbs Nut butter (but we prefer unsweetened applesauce instead)

  • 3 tbs Chocolate chips

What’s In It?

  • 12 ACBM servings (¼ cup each)

  • 150 Calories (per serving)

  • 5g Fat

  • 22g Carbohydrate

  • 4g Fiber

  • 6g Sugar

  • 8g Protein

How to Make It:

Total time: 30-35 minutes

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper (or foil sprayed with cooking spray) on a large baking sheet.

  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (oats, sugar-substitute, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, protein powder).

  • Add in the wet ingredients (egg whites, honey, nut butter/applesauce) and stir until the oats begin to clump. Don’t add the chocolate chips yet!

  • Spread granola evenly on the baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15 minutes, stir and add chocolate chips. Then bake is for 15 more minutes.

  • When you take it out, stir it again to spread the chocolate around and let it cool.

  • It should keep in an air-tight container for about 2 weeks!

By | 2017-05-21T23:43:13+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Blogs|Comments Off on Avoiding That On-Sale Holiday Candy: Chocolate Lovers Protein Granola

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