Crunchy Quinoa Granola Recipe

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup raw nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. โ€“ roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or neutral-flavored oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix-ins (add after baking)

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat

Instructions

1. Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Combine dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, quinoa, nuts, shredded coconut (if using), cinnamon, and salt.

3. Prepare wet ingredients: In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk together the maple syrup (or honey), melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.

4. Mix wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated.

5. Bake: Spread the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the granola is golden brown and fragrant.

6. Cool and add mix-ins: Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled, break it apart into clusters and stir in your desired mix-ins (dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.).

7. Store: Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Tips

Don’t overbake: Keep an eye on your granola to avoid overbaking, which will make it too hard.

Customize: The great thing about granola is you can make it yours! Try adding seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds), other spices (ginger, nutmeg), and different nut combinations.

Make it a parfait: Layer the granola with yogurt and fresh fruit for a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Enjoy your homemade crunchy quinoa granola!

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