Quinoa Granola

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First, I need to state that I’m very proud of this recipe.

Over the last couple months, I’ve seen granola recipes around the net. I glanced at them, made a mental note to try it sometime, then moved on. I finally decided to make my own and it’s so good!

I guess I’m proud because I didn’t use any recipe at all. I just harnessed all the granola internet memories I had and whipped it up.

My boyfriend has eaten more of it than me, so that’s a good sign, right?

First of all, cook some quinoa.

INGREDIENTS:

+ 2 cups of cooked quinoa

+ 2 cups of oats (uncooked)

+ 1/2 cup of coconut flakes

+ 1/2 cup of almonds

+ 1 cup of dried cranberries

+ a few dashes of cinnamon

+ 1/3 cup of honey

+ 1/4 cup of maple syrup

+ 2 tbsp of water

+ Parchment paper & a baking sheet

HOLD UP!!!!!! Before you go any further, and are possibly misled by the photos… Learn from my mistakes. Although this granola turned out amazing, next time I won’t be adding the dried cranberries before baking.  They ended up quite chewy, which actually wasn’t bad, but I’ll add them after the rest of it has cooled from now on. You may want to leave the coconut out as well, but I liked it cooked.

INSTRUCTIONS:

+ Heat oven to 300 F.

+ Heat a small pot of water so you can use it as a double boiler.

+ In a big bowl mix quinoa, oats, coconut, almonds & cinnamon and set it aside.

+ In a small metal bowl mix your honey, maple syrup & water. Place it in the pot of hot water until it’s a liquid.

+ Pour your sugar water over your mix of quinoa, oats etc. and mix it up really well.

+ Spread the mixture evenly out on your parchment covered baking sheet.

+ Throw that masterpiece in the oven!!

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Cook for about 45 minutes, taking it out every 15 mins to rotate and mix. Let it cool completely & add some dried cranberries before storing it!  It should last about a week, but my first batch didn’t make it that long. <<— Because it was eaten!

That’s all folks!

Let me know if you try it or if you have any other good ingredients to add.

7 comments

  1. Eth says:

    I’ve made granola before using raw quinoa, but I’ve never seen it done with cooked quinoa. Does it still come out as crunchy granola? It looks delicious.

    • Hilary says:

      Ya! It dehydrates the cooked quinoa a bit, and it’s totally crunchy. It might not seem like it when it comes out of the oven, but once it cools it gets crunchier!

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