So. You may or may not know that I row. Like, boats. Those things. Yeah.
The sport requires you to eat healthily. But I have an issue. I have a wicked sweet tooth. What am I supposed to do the days of races where I want to eat something sweet but I can’t because sugar before a race is not a good idea?!
I came up with a solution. And it is granola. That’s right. I invented granola. Come at me, bro.
Well anyways, granola is an interesting invention. Whoever actually invented it is very smart. But the issue is, granola is usually PACKED with unnecessary sugar. So much sugar that you may as well be eating sugar with a spoon. But, there is a trick to reduce this unnecessary amount of sugar! And here it is:
Ingredients with calories:
2 cups of rolled oats-600 cal
1/2 cup of no sugar maple syrup-30 cal
1 1/4 cups mixed nuts (peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, whatever floats your boat) -850 cal
1/4 cup brown sugar- 90 cal
1 tbs unsalted butter-100 cal
1/4 cup almond butter (or any other butter you would like)-300 cal
1/4 cup of better ‘n peanut butter- 150 cal
2 scoops of vanilla soy protein powder- 240 cal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2,360 calories in total
yields 5 cups
2,350/5 =472 calories per cup or 120-130 calories per 1/4 of a cup, depending on the size of the clusters
Set oven to 350
Chop up mixed nuts (not into powder but into tiny pieces)
Spread oats and mixed nuts out on baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, and salt in a heavy bottom metal pan and heat on burner until brown sugar has completely dissolved. Transfer to a bigger bowl .
Once oat mix is done, immediately pour oats and nuts into the syrup mix and stir until oats are coated.
Add the nut butters and mix until even. Add the protein powder and mix until you cant see traces on the mix.
Spread mix onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, making sure it doesnt burn along the way. Dont get it too crispy in the oven because it will continue to solidify after you take it out.