Stovetop Protein Granola (For one)

A delicious vegan, dairy free and gluten free granola made over the stove which takes less than 10 minutes and is single serving! High in protein, low in added sugar and perfect on top of a dairy free yogurt or milk for a balanced meal. 


Who overrate this festive season?

I didn’t. 

As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I wasn’t able to fly home for Christmas because tickets back to Sydney between the 26th December until the 3rd January was between $300-$450. Usually, you can score a flight for $80 if you pick your timing right. 

My Christmas day wasn’t spent on my lonesome though- The beauty of living in such a multicultural country is that there is always something open and usually thriving. Enter- Dumplings. I met up with some friends and we went and ate dumplings (unfortunately, nothing as fancy as these ones). We had prawn dumplings, chicken and chive dumplings and these garlic and scallop dumplings which came in chilli oil. One of my mates had the wise idea that whoever lost a bet (don’t ask what it was) had to skull (Australian term to ‘chug’ or drink something in a single attempt) the chilli oil the dumplings came in. 

Friends, I skulled a bowlful of chilli oil. It was awesome. 

Until the next day when it felt like my tongue was peeling.

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 I’m not usually one that overdoes it on a particular food, until that fateful 35 hour flight to Toronto. As I mentioned in this post, I consumed an entire batch of hazelnut espresso granola in that time span. Included in that was two jars which was designated as gifts. I guess that tells me when it comes to granola, I have no limits. That, or the food I was served on the airlines was not the best. 

While I’m happy to turn on the oven to make a single batch of cookies like these Chocolate Chunk Breakfast Cookies or Caramel Pecan Breakfast Cookies, I couldn’t bring myself to do it for just a single serving of granola. How to rectify that? Dry fry it over the stove. Both Davs and Chelsea have posted stovetop or ‘fried’ granola recipes and I opted to try out that method to see how it would fare.


To make this granola more filling, I added protein in the form of protein powder because for me (and based on most of your feedback!), adding protein powder in goods is something I’m up for always experimenting with. In under 10 minutes, I had a batch of granola and one I could eat the full serving of and still be satisfied. As good as gingerbread granola, dark chocolate granola or even one with peanut butter and pretzels are- Eating the whole serving isn’t the wisest of choices. 

Warning- Unless you want chocolate chips stuck to your frying pan, add the chocolate chips once granola has cooled. I got an arm workout cleaning the silly frying pan. 

PS- In full disclosure– I keep chocolate chips in the freezer and eat my granola at room temperature. Hence the bizarre colour of the chocolate chips. I swear Australia doesn’t have jaded blue chocolate…yet. 

Stovetop Protein Granola

A vegan and gluten free granola made over the stove which takes less than 10 minutes and is single serving! High in protein, low in added sugar and perfect on top of yogurt or with milk for a balanced meal.
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • Heat a small frying pan with the coconut oil on medium heat.
  • Once heated, add the rolled oats, oat bran and salt. Toast for 2 minutes before adding the shredded coconut, sweetener of choice and protein powder. Stir quickly before adding the peanut butter, and continue stirring until melted.
  • Remove from the heat and immediately transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool. Once cooled, add in chocolate chips or mix ins of choice and serve with yogurt, milk or as it is.


I used a sweetened protein powder so omitted the sweetener.
Don't add the chocolate chips or add ins during the cooking process.
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Happy first weekend of the new year guys! I’ll pop in on Sunday to fill you on some updates and changes on the blog happening soon.

What is a food that you tend to go overboard with?

Are you a fan of aeroplane food?

Did you overeat this festive season? 

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73 thoughts on “Stovetop Protein Granola (For one)

  1. Chilli Oil?? OMG, that would be my punishment. I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy stuff, so drinking chilli oil would make me faint.
    I clearly go overboard on chocolate, regularly. I guess cold turkey is the only solution. I love that this recipe contains oats and oatbran, my favorite breakfast carbs! And well, I don’t mind the chocolate chips either.

  2. Hahaha I would have said that Australia had badass blue chocolate chips and just not told anyone. It could have been the next big thing! To be honest, I have a tendency to go overboard on anything. If it is in front of me, I eat it. Often even if I don’t like it… It is terrible, and often a ticket to an upset stomach. You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I have absolutely NO willpower or self control. NONE

    Hope your tongue is fully recovered!

  3. Mmmm chili oil haha. That sounds awful. I didn’t really overdo it over the holidays, except for New Year’s. I stuffed my face, drank too much, then stuffed myself some more with our annual tradition of ordering pizza on January 1st. I’d say pizza is my weakness, for sure!

  4. ARMAN! This is so genius! You know I’m a sucker for single-serving recipes. Hence living alone and having so many options to try with so little time for repeats (unless it’s carrot cake bread ;)) But as i mentioned before we are on the same telepathic wavelength. I leave for San Francisco on Friday and have been trying to plan out my travel food! 1. Airplane food is disgusting. 2. Like they serve anything catered to allergies =l but you know who does? DING DING. YOU!! And i alwayyys add protein to my recipes because i feel like it’s the only way it fills me up.. but you’re already ahead of me on this one 🙂

    DEFINITELY going to try this! heck probably before i leave because that seems like too far away to wait for such deliciousness. can i skull this?

  5. Granola on the stovetop?? Can’t wait to try this – looks delicious!! I definitely ate my fair share of sweets and bread this holiday season…time to get back on track! Have a great weekend.

  6. LOL @ jaded blue chocolate. Not entirely sure why I find that so hilarious…but I do. Also, my love for granola knows no bounds so I totally get you. 2015 will be the year of stove top granola.

  7. Happy New Year! I hope you’ve recovered from the chili oil. Although you deserve to suffer a little bit after that “Love Actually” comment you left on my blog! 😉

      1. Haha! How can you even compare Love Actually to those movies? NYE and Valentine’s Day are both AWFUL!

  8. What a good idea! I also go overboard with granola… and nut butters. I’ll eat it all the granola in one sitting and the nut butter by the spoon full. Sometimes that’s good because then it’s out of the house, but my stomach gets pretty pissed off haha. Hope your tongue heals up from that chili oil!

  9. I love the idea of making granola on the stovetop! Makes the process even faster! I seriously make like 4 batches of granola per week, I’m pretty much addicted! Gonna try this next time i make it!

  10. Yikes about the chili oil aftermath!! That stuff is soooo good with dumplings though, so I don’t blame you for going hard on it.

    Stovetop granola is such a genius idea! Why has it taken me so long to realize that can be done?? So trying this one!

  11. Mmm..dumplings….I had plenty of those this holiday season! Although I don’t think I’ve ever had the prawn ones. Anyway, you are quite brilliant, you know that? I don’t think I’ve ever made granola over the stove! Must try…

  12. I cannot do the chili oil! Now granola, that’s a different story. I love making baked granola. I usually add a couple of egg whites to my batch to make the granola nice and crunchy and clustery! A single serving recipe is perfect though. I’m excited to try skillet granola!

  13. I don’t even think I need to tell you what food I go overboard with because… hi… you’re taunting me with it right here. It’s been a while since I’ve given myself a stomach ache off it, though, so fingers crossed that it stays that way!

  14. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that actually likes airplane food. Those people don’t exist.
    And I wish I could get a plane ticket home for $350!! Fun fact: if I book a flight back home rightthissecond for April 1st, it’ll cost me around $500 and thats an awesome deal. Why is Canadian airfare so expensive!?!

  15. Keeping chocolate chips in the fridge?? Give me a second to ponder if I think that’s odd or genius. Maybe it’d ensure there are actually some left when I want to bake with them because as of now I just keep snagging handfuls every now and then to find an empty bag by the time I consider baking. ..
    And hello what! You mean you don’t get all excited about airplane meals? The one with the added joy of not knowing what exactly you’re supposed to eat ;)??
    The idea of single-serving granola is awesome and the nut butter + coconut + chocolate combination is a winner.

  16. Glad you explained the chocolate chips, Arman! Otherwise, we might think you’d come from another planet or something. 😉 Great recipe and way to make granola! I’m like you with granola and pistachios. Once the eating stops, there is no stopping until it’s/they’re all gone!


    1. Oh pistachios- Mum’s side is Persian and they were on every table growing up- I can go through those like nothing. It especially irks me when there is ‘diet advice’ out there saying eat pistachios because they take longer.

      …Not when you eat them all.

  17. Simultaneously laughing and crying for you about the chili oil. Been there – it sucks but can’t back down from a bet! Also, totally digging ‘skull’ instead of ‘chug’…waaaaay cooler.

  18. I am a fan of all the beans. I can eat a can as a snack and two cans for a meal. My NYE hangover food was a huge bowl of beans and cheese. I thought about making bean brownies, but that takes too long. I don’t think I overate them…I’ll ask my coworkers tomorrow if they can smell me, then I’ll know 😉

  19. You downed a shot of chili oil, are you mad!? Actually, is that even a question? Of course you are.
    Mad GENIUS for recipes like these.
    I went overboard with peanut butter this morning (didn’t think that was possible), but I accidentally left like 3-4 tablespoons left in my jumbo jar of pb for overnight oats, and I was struggling to finish it. I mean, I finished, but struggling to finish pb isn’t an issue for me typically.

  20. I’m still a lone ranger until I go out and buy the fish my momma “gifted” me for Christmas, and granola was the ONE thing I’ve been dying for. But my baking sheet is nested in my pile of dirty dishes that I really need to get to that I probably won’t until Monday. Stovetop? Protein? APPROVED.

    Definitely overate this season. In fact, STILL overeating and I do not care. Momma picked me up some raw coconut-PB cups and Green and Black’s 85% Dark Chocolate; therefore I have a valid reason to keep gorging. I like to be a rebel and not follow the typical “lose weight” New Year’s Resolution. Nope. Mine is to finally buy some dried cherries. I know it’ll happen ONE day!

  21. You have become a granola making machine my friend, and I love it. I’ll have to give this stovetop stuff a whirl one day. Until then, I shall continue to work on my savory concoction, in mass quantities of course. Homey don’t mess with just one. 🙂

  22. Oh yes this is vegan!!!!!!
    I love how it makes one portion – sick of seeing recipes that make vats and vats of it. Do people not get sick of the same flavor for weeks? Do people eat granola everyday? I don’t know because I don’t talk to people much.

    So Arman….can you answer these burning questions?


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  24. This looks great! Oats are definitely the grain that I miss the most since going grain-free. I didn’t eat them a lot before, but I love their flavor. I’m sure I would love this granola.

  25. Arman! What a gloriously delicious dish! Adding the protein makes it PERFECT! I would LOOOVE it. Pinning! I can’t believe all the lovely comments you have here Friend. You sure have a great following…and it’s easy to see why. Thanks much for sharing this with us at Weekend Potluck. Enjoy a great weekend.

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