Blueberry Cobbler Protein Granola – by Clayton
It’s blueberry season in Florida, USA! And that means blueberry wine and u-pick-em blueberries. Unfortunately, the local blueberry festival was such a success this year that by the time I got there, the u-pick-em blueberries were all picked out. But not to be deterred, I found a local market down the road selling blueberries for $1/small box. So, of course I had to get several boxes and I had to make something awesome with my newly purchased in season fruit. And what did I make? Blueberry Cobbler Granola! I know what you are thinking, “Blueberry cobbler granola? That doesn’t seem like a protein powder recipe.” But I can assure you that you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, this recipe does something a little different with protein powder. Instead of using protein powder to jack the protein content way up (it’s only slightly elevated in this recipe), it is a major source of flavor!! !
Protein powder for flavor? That’s right! And when you taste this you will know exactly what I mean. That’s because I didn’t use just any kind of protein powder. I used BSN’s Whipped Vanilla Cream Dessert protein powder, which tastes almost exactly like rich vanilla bean ice cream. Get the idea now? The rest of the recipe is a lot of awesome blueberry flavor and a texture that kind of resembles cobbler (hence the name).! !
– 2.5cup Rolled Oats (dry)!
– 6 Full Sheets of Reduced Fat Honey
– 2scoops BSN Dessert Protein – Whipped
– 1/2cup Sliced Almonds!
– 6tsp White Granulated Sugar!
– 160g Raw Blueberries!
– 3tbsp Reduced Fat Butter!
– 6tbsp Honey!
1. Preheat the oven to 250-degrees F.!
2. Crush the graham crackers into small bits. It should be chunky. We’re not making pie crust here, just some really awesome granola.!
3. Mix the dry ingredients (oats, graham crackers, protein powder, sliced almonds, sugar) together in a bowl until well integrated.!
4. Mix the wet ingredients (butter, honey) together in a separate bowl.!
5. Pour the wet ingredients over the top of the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon until you can no longer see any dry protein powder – the mixture should be moist.!
6. Spread the mixture in a pan with decent sized edges (you don’t want the granola to spill) lined with wax paper.!
7. Puree 100g of the blueberries.!
8. Pour the blueberry puree over the top of the mixture already spread in the pan.!
9. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top.!
10. Cook for 2.5hrs, stirring the granola every 30min to create an even texture and coloring.! !
When it’s all done, you’ll have a golden brown granola with some berries and a little purple coloring. It will look, and more importantly it will taste, similar to blueberry cobbler. And it goes really great with yogurt or ice cream, just like cobbler, too!! !
Macros per serving (out of 12, each approximately 53g):
Carbohydrates: 33g; Fiber: 3g!
Sodium: 89g! !
Variation 1: Crunchier!
Note: Some granola purists out there might like the crunchier texture. Personally, I like the soft bit of blueberry goodness that makes more of a cobbler texture. But if you really want more crunch then instead of pureeing the blueberries, just sprinkle 100g of whole blueberries on top (for a total of 100g of blueberries) and decrease the cooking time to 1.5-2hrs. Oh, and don’t forget to adjust your macros for the decreased quantity of blueberries. It still tastes great!!
Variation 1: Crunchiest!
! If you want ridiculously crunchy granola, then forget about using fresh blueberries and just add about 200g of dried blueberries. Also, reduce the cooking time to 1.5-2hrs and adjust your macros.