Granola has been an energy packed and portable breakfast for decades. But even granola isn’t always the healthiest or sanest option. The store bought options often contain too much sugar, made with cottonseed oil, are not always allergen friendly and some brands are GMO or are just too crumbly to eat without getting it all over yourself or the car. It still makes the drive-thru sound appealing but you’re stronger than that, right? Maybe not strong enough to do crow pose in yoga without wobbling “strong” but but you’re better than this. Of course you are. So, why not try buying your own granola at somewhere like Whole Foods?
…Whole Foods? Oh, you mean Whole Paycheck?
Stereotypes aside, there’s a way to navigate the Emerald City with ornate kale and colored bell pepper displays without blowing your budget. I mean, I do it and I’m not rich and cannot do crow pose in yoga. I, however, can not be held responsible if being in there for longer than ten minutes makes you burst into a minuscule hyper song and dance of praise for being in the midst of 360 degree displays of organically, non gmo food, baked goods, a fish market and personal care products. I’ve been there too. …And I mean…it’s really something, isn’t it?
My Surviving Whole Foods on a Budget series will help you navigate the popular food chain without blowing your budget and even in some cases saving money with my occasional real tips that are tried and true.
Let’s get back to granola. So yeah, if you’re in Whole Foods, buying the store bought stuff won’t do you wrong but for those of us still up for the challenge, let’s try homemade granola. Homemade granola usually contains nuts, seeds and dried fruits among melted butter and syrup or honey as the glue which marries whatever nuts and seeds you use. Nuts and seeds are usually expensive especially organic but Whole Foods does have a bulk foods aisle with custom granola mixes that are already made up. I usually buy the high protein mix and add in my seeds (which I pick up separately for cheap from an Amish market or I pay per use in the WF bulk aisle) to create a high protein, high fiber bar to sustain my energy levels throughout the day.
Another tip that I highly recommend if you’re going to shop at Whole Foods and have a smartphone is downloading the WF app. Once downloaded, plug in your location and you will receive weekly sales and online coupons for your store that you can redeem with the cashier.
Other than that, granola is pretty basic but like with all simple recipes, you want the best quality ingredients that you can afford to buy.
High protein, High Fiber Granola
Under $7 per person
1 cup of WF low sugar, protein granola
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of flaxseeds
1 tbsp of sesame seeds
1/2 cup of vegan butter, melted
1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
a pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ingredients in bowl and mix until granola is well coated. Put onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.