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Chocolate Quinoa Granola Recipe is a healthy breakfast, snack, treat or a special gift. Type of a quinoa that kids will eat. | ifoodreal.com

For the past few weeks, I have been in a baking mood. Since Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, end November marks Christmas baking for me (absolutely new concept to a Ukrainian immigrant which I happily adopted). After dropping off kids at school and daycare (thank goodness for those establishments), I turn on Frank Sinatra radio, my oven and am having a blast making the biggest mess in my kitchen! Cooking is my therapy and lately I have added Christmas crafting to the list. Wine, cooking and crafting…I know…

Anyways, this chocolate quinoa granola is absolutely amazing in your breakfast cereal (healthy homemade cereal is a good idea too), snack or for gifting. I’m packing a big bag for my mom since she is not a baker, period.

Chocolate Quinoa Granola Recipe is a healthy breakfast, snack, treat or a special gift. Type of a quinoa that kids will eat. | ifoodreal.comChocolate Quinoa Granola Recipe is a healthy breakfast, snack, treat or a special gift. Type of a quinoa that kids will eat. | ifoodreal.com

First time ever I made granola it was this quinoa granola with chia seeds and coconut flakes. You basically mix uncooked quinoa with oats and add liquids. The trick is the right proportions of dry to wet ingredients since quinoa bakes differently than oats. Quinoa granola is super simple to make and highly versatile. You can use chocolate chunks or chopped chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips. Add almonds or any other nuts. Add or skip ground flax seeds. Use what you have. You can also make quinoa granola bars.

Our jars are gone fast. Boys and me are mostly snacking on it. At least you can feel good about your snack or treat. Break it into as small or large pieces as you like. I noticed store bought granola is very small but I like mine in bigger chunks. Enjoy!


Chocolate Quinoa Granola Recipe is a healthy breakfast, snack, treat or a special gift. Type of a quinoa that kids will eat. | ifoodreal.com  

Chocolate Quinoa Granola

Chocolate Quinoa Granola



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, quinoa, cacao powder, flax seed, chocolate chips, salt and mix.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and pour into a bowl with dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly and spread in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake on a third rack from the bottom for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for an hour. After break into pieces and enjoy with Greek yogurt, as a cereal or as a snack.
  5. Storage Instructions: Store in a glass jar in a cool dry place, for up to a month.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving = 1/2 cup:
Calories: 242.1
Total Fat: 10.5 g
Cholesterol: 11.6 mg
Sodium: 151.3 mg
Total Carbs: 34.6 g
Sugars: 16 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 3.5 g
WW Points+: 7

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  1. Raquel

    Can you achieve the bigger pieces without the chocolate? Like if I were to make the coconut quinoa and chia granola, How can I make it that I get bigger chunks rather than smaller? I also prefer the bigger pieces. Thanks!

    • Olena

      Yes. Eggs and sweetener hold this granola really well. In fact, I had to break it quite a bit as pieces held really well together. My only concern with skipping chocolate chips is the taste – not sure if the granola will be sweet enough without them. Maybe add more sweetener and/or almonds.

  2. Laura

    I just pulled this out of the oven and my husband and I are loving it. I reduced the honey and increased the oil and it turned out great. Thank you–I have loved every recipe of yours that I have tried!

    • Olena

      That’s a great idea for lower sugar content. I should try it next time. Enjoy, guys and thank you for your kind words!

  3. Isabelle

    Hi, I just took my first bite. The taste is good but the texture with the uncooked quinoa? Nah!… For me, this recipe is definetly not a success.

  4. Sam

    Is there any substitute for the coconut oil? Is it super important to the recipe. I haven’t been able to find any…

  5. Carrie

    I have made this granola a half dozens times since January so I figured it is time I give it the dazzling review it deserves. My family loves this. I love it! I always have the ingredients on hand. Thanks for this staple recipe in our house!

  6. Melanie

    I just made these. Great result! A bit sweet for me but I’m sure my kids will love it! I wasn’t sure about the egg as it will stay at room temperature for a while… I was also surprised that we could use either quick or old-fasionned oat as they don’t cook the same. So I used 1 cup of each to compare, but I can’t tell the difference! 😉 I also added 1/2 cup of diced almonds.


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