Strawberry Shortcake Granola Dust & Granola Therapy

Today I want to share the recipe for something a bit different with you – Strawberry Shortcake Protein Granola Dust. That’s a massively long title, so let me break it down for you

The flavour is strawberry shortcake.

It’s made with strawberry protein powder and I think it tastes like strawberries and biscuits.

Lastly, it’s a meant to be a granola, but it doesn’t quite have the texture of your typical granola so I decided to call if ‘granola dust’. It has some nice crunchy bits from the buckwheat, but then some ‘dust’ from the protein powder and oats.

Despite the long title, this strawberry shortcake granola dust is an easy recipe with 6 ingredients and it only takes about 15 minutes to make.  Plus with the addition of peanut butter and protein powder this is more nutritionally balanced than some granolas which seem to be very high in carbohydrates and fat but lacking in protein.

And the best part is that you get to engage in some ‘granola therapy’ while you’re making it. Read on to find out what I mean!

srawberry and peanut butter granola

Serves: 3-4
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup buckwheat groats
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 scoop (35g) strawberry protein powder (I used Bulk foods)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup Pic’s crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and give it a little stir.
  2. Next add the peanut butter.

When I added the peanut butter I started to panic because it wasn’t mixing in when I used a spoon. So then I decided to use my hands and massage it in – like making the topping for a crumble. This is where the GRANOLA THERAPY came in. It’s so nice to feel the mixture in your fingers, and it kept making a relaxing little chink when the buckwheat groats hit the side of the bowl. I got totally lost in my granola making and was kind of sad when it was mixed enough and I had to stop.

  1. When you’ve finished your granola therapy add in the lemon juice and (boringly) mix it with a spoon until it’s evenly distributed.
  2. Spread the mixture onto a baking tray then pop it in the oven at 180°C for 5 minutes.
  3. Take it out and mix it, then return it to the oven. Turn off the oven and leave it for 10 minutes before removing.
  4. Wait for it to totally cool before you store it in an air tight jar.

I did have aspirations of taking a really nice photo of it on a smoothie bowl, but I’ve been having porridge lately because it’s getting too cold for smoothies!!

What would you love to sprinkle this on?

[Update 14.12.2016] Alisha from Waves Fitness is a big fan and has sprinkled it on everything from yogurt to panckes and even bagels! Check out this photo from her instagram account!

bucknola vegan

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