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3 Healthy Summer Recipes Using Within/Without Granola

Looking for some nutritious and delicious recipes using granola? As the summer season gets in full swing, and the days grow longer and hotter, it’s not surprising you’re looking for some new ideas to keep you cool while you munch. What you might not realize is that the benefits of granola go beyond just being a tasty breakfast food -- it can be used as a versatile ingredient for all types of recipes!

Of course, most people already know that granola makes a quick-and-easy morning meal or snack — you can enjoy it by the handful, in a bowl with your favorite milk of choice or with yogurt and fruit. What some health-conscious folks might not realize, though, is that granola can elevate a wide range of sweet and savory dishes.

These recipes using granola are ideal for solo snacking, but they’re even better enjoyed in the sun with the people you love (sharing is caring, after all!). Check out these three wholesome recipes to get you started!

A handful of Within/Without Paleo Granola

1. Trail Mix

Once you get hooked on trail mix, there’s no going back! Few other foods are so convenient, packed with nutrients and downright tasty. Trail mix is the ultimate travel companion for outdoor adventures, but it’s also great for keeping in the cupboard so you always have a healthy sweet snack on hand. It’s shelf-stable, so go ahead and make a massive batch that will last you all summer long!

There are so many trail mix recipes using granola, but finding one that isn’t loaded with refined sugar can be difficult. The best part about creating your own trail mix, however, is that you can control the quality and content of your creation! From sweet to savory and everything in-between, it’s hard to mess up a trail mix. Think beyond GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), and get creative with it!

Here’s an easy tip to get you started: Use Within/Without Paleo Granola as a base and add your favorite add-ins from there.

For example, say you’re using our Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola. Add dried bananas for some added texture and flavor, or go all in on the chocolate peanut butter theme with additional pieces of dairy-free dark chocolate and peanuts. Looking for a savory trail mix recipe using granola? Grab our Original Paleo Granola and add cinnamon, cardamom, chili pepper and clove for an Indian-inspired snack!

Here are some of the most popular trail mix ingredients to get you inspired:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Dried berries
  • Raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried bananas
  • Coconut shavings
  • Chocolate/white chocolate chips
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pretzels

Within/Without Original Granola next to a salad bar as an example of recipes that could use granola

2. Salad with a Crunch

Dried fruit and nuts are go-to ingredients when it’s time to elevate a simple salad, but granola is overlooked far too often! A handful of granola adds wonderful texture, and it’s a great keto-friendly substitute for croutons! Consider Within/Without granola a bread-less crouton, as well as the perfect touch of sweetness to any salad. Just like with trail mix, coming up with unique salad recipes using granola is fun and rewarding, especially when you find the perfect combination.

As you experiment with salads, think about both the ingredients and dressing. For example, a sweet balsamic dressing would be lovely with our healthy Blueberry Granola, while a maple-dijon vinaigrette would work beautifully with our best-selling Maple Pecan Granola. As you create your salads, think outside the box. You never know what flavor magic you might conjure!

This list is just the tip of the iceberg lettuce, but here are some ingredients that would work great with salad recipes using granola:

  • Greens (especially kale, spinach or arugula)
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Edamame
  • Chickpeas
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Feta cheese
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Apple slices

A woman holds a cup of a sundae recipe that uses granola

3. Sorbet Sundaes

Granola makes a fantastic ice cream topping, but sometimes summer weather calls for a lighter and brighter sweet treat. Don’t worry, you can make an equally decadent summertime dessert using clean, natural ingredients like fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts and, of course, granola!

Most healthy eaters are already well-versed in the art of the smoothie. Making sorbet is actually a lot like that. Just take your favorite fresh fruits, cut them into chunks and freeze. Once frozen, toss the fruit into a powerful blender or food processor and blend until it has a thick consistency. Is your fruit a little on the sour side? Add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten the deal!

Now that you have your sorbet base, it’s time to invent your own dessert recipe using granola. Some strawberry sorbet with banana slices, a drizzle of yogurt and a healthy handful of our Cherry Granola is a delightful fruity flavor blast. Don’t forget the cherry on top! You could also try mango sorbet with Cherry or Blueberry Granola for an invigorating combination of sweet and tart.

A selection of Within/Without Granola arranged near flowers

Try Our Soft-Baked Granola

Granola is such a versatile ingredient to keep on hand. Here at Within/Without, our granola is truly exceptional. We only use clean, whole ingredients so you can feel good about indulging. Soft-baked to perfection, our granola boasts a uniquely soft and chewy texture that you won’t find anywhere else.

Beyond being remarkably delicious and nutritious, our granola fits all sorts of lifestyles so you’ll never have a problem inventing all sorts of Keto, Gluten-Free and Paleo lifestyle recipes using our granola. Dairy-free, grain-free, non-GMO and smartly sweetened with honey, this is the good stuff that helps you feel your best all year round.

Contact Us to Learn More

You care about what you eat. We do, too. If you’d like to request further information about any of our products, get in touch anytime or leave a comment below. Our health blog also has lots of other fun recipe ideas, so have a look around.

These three recipes are a great starting point, but there’s no limit to what you can do with our healthful granola this summer. Share your Within/Without creations with us on Instagram and, most importantly, happy snacking!

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