Quinoa? In granola? Yes.
Why have I never tried this before?
After making my Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, I had extra quinoa to play with so I figured another breakfast recipe was in order – my favorite.
I’d remembered seeing that it’s possible to add quinoa (raw) to granola! How cool is that?
The result is a crispy, crunchy, nutrient-packed granola that’s simple, healthy, and delicious.
This recipe is simple, requiring just 30 minutes and 7 ingredients you likely already have in your pantry right now.
Plus, it’s naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup, and it’s (vegan) butter-free, thanks to coconut oil.
This may be a big statement, but I think this may be my favorite granola yet! And that’s saying a lot considering how many granola recipes I’ve made for Minimalist Baker. Although, the sweet potato and peanut butter come in a close second and third…
I hope you guys love this granola. It’s:
This would make the perfect granola to have on hand for quick weekday breakfasts and snacks. The quinoa provides extra staying power, with one 1/2-cup serving containing 9 grams protein!
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- 1 cup (90 g) Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
- 1/2 cup (85 g) uncooked Bob's Red Mill White Quinoa
- 2 cups (224 g) raw almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp (12 g) coconut sugar (or sub organic brown sugar, muscovado, or organic cane sugar)
- pinch sea salt
- 3 1/2 Tbsp (52 ml) coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup (or agave nectar)
- Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
- Add oats, quinoa, almonds, coconut sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl - stir to combine.
- To a small saucepan, add coconut oil and maple syrup. Warm over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, whisking frequently until the two are totally combined and there is no visible separation.
- Immediately pour over the dry ingredients and stir to combine until all oats and nuts are thoroughly coated. Arrange on a large baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and stir/toss the granola. Turn the pan around so the other end goes into the oven first (so it bakes evenly) and bake 5-10 minutes more. Watch carefully as to not burn. You'll know it's done when the granola is deep golden brown and very fragrant.
- Let cool completely before enjoying. Store leftovers in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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