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quinoa granola

I have never been a fan of granola until I made this Coconut Chia and Quinoa Granola. All things roasted, toasted, sweet, crunchy and superfood that’s good for you. Oh-ehm-dzhee. I officially like granola now! My granola. Not the store bought one though. I don’t know, it just doesn’t taste fresh to me and is sooooo sweet, I can’t take it. Even the organic one.

First of all, roasted quinoa is to die for. Just like that, roast from dry and uncooked. And I hope I don’t have to sell you on roasted almonds. For oats, you can use any kind. I used quick cooking steel cut oats because that’s what I had on hand. I also tried this granola recipe with regular steel cut oats and it turned out delicious, just more crunchy.

Secondly, I used only 3 tbsp of maple syrup and a bit of stevia. Adding stevia reduces sugars and adds sweetness without calories. I wouldn’t use all stevia because the granola won’t form clusters and will have that weird stevia aftertaste. Baking anything with maple syrup and coconut oil is out of this world delicious! I could eat coconut oil and this granola by the spoon all day.

quinoa granola

About the clusters. It is important to let granola cool down completely and then break into pieces. Do not stir during or right after baking. Let it cool first. After you will have some clusters but not as many as in a store bought granola because I didn’t use cups of sugar or corn syrup. Still, this quinoa granola is the most delicious granola I ever had and still clustery.

If you like toasted coconut, you can place granola back in the oven for a few more minutes after adding the coconut flakes. I felt there was enough things roasted for me in this granola, so I didn’t. I enjoy this granola with some Greek yogurt or unsweetened almond milk as a cereal. Alex loves to eat it for a snack, by the spoon, shocking, eh?!

If you like this quinoa granola, you will love my chocolate quinoa granola, quinoa granola bars, or healthy homemade cereal.

Quinoa Granola

Quinoa Granola

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, quinoa, almonds, chia seeds, stevia*, salt and mix.
  2. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil in a microwave and add maple syrup 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. Bake on a third rack from the bottom for 30 minutes. Remove granola from the oven and sprinkle with coconut flakes*. Let cool completely and do not touch. After break into pieces and enjoy with Greek yogurt, as a cereal with a milk of choice or as a snack on its own.
  3. Storage Instructions: Store in a glass jar, in a cool dry place, for up to a month.

Notes

*Use gluten free oats for a gluten free version. **If using concentrated liquid stevia, mix with liquids and use LESS. ***If you like toasted coconut, place granola back in the oven for a few more minutes after adding the coconut flakes.

http://ifoodreal.com/quinoa-granola/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 24

Amount Per Serving = 2 tbsp:
Calories: 60.4
Total Fat: 2.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 15.0 mg
Total Carbs: 7.8 g
Sugars: 1.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 1.6 g
WW Points+: 2

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42 Comments

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    Ha, I’m glad you addressed the whole cluster problem…I mean, the clusters just taste better, I don’t know what it is.

    Looks great, just started eating rolled oats and I like em!

    Love your blog, my grandparents were from the Ukraine and moved here later in life. Cool.

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    • Olena

      Thank you, Laura! Haha, I always felt like my crowns would give up with those store bought granola clusters. I remade this granola yesterday and it had more clusters than in these pictures. And this granola is so delicious, clusters or no clusters, flavours with every bite. You gotta try! And chia puddings too.;)

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  2. Allison @ Clean Wellness

    This looks so great! I only enjoy granola if it’s super-crunchy and this looks like perfection. I like that it’s not too high in sugar either as some granolas are not as healthy as I prefer. Can’t wait to try this recipe out when my current granola stash is finished up!

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    • Olena

      We speak the same language, Allison.:) I do not like overly sweet foods and this granola is super crunchy. But without braking your teeth crunchy. As I get older and already spent tons of money on crowns and bridges, I appreciate food not wrecking my teeth. I’d rather go for a vacation in Mexico.:) Let me know how this turns out. I loved your cacao almonds! All long gone by now.LOL

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  3. Holly

    I am not familiar with Stevia, can I use additional maple syrup as an alternative? Im trying to use up what I already have in my cupboards! 🙂

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    • Olena

      Yes. Add additional 1 tsp of maple syrup or to taste. Stevia is a natural leaf extract that is used to reduce sugar calories. It is very bitter on its own, to my liking, so it’s good to mix it up with other natural sweeteners.

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      • Holly

        Thank you, your recipes look amazing! I can tell already I will be trying many of them! I’ve been cooking with quinoa for a while, but only recently discovered chia seeds.. So I am thrilled that I came across your site here!

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        • Olena

          Awe. Thank you! The more, the merrier. Please let me know how different recipes turn out for you. I love reading feedback and it helps to improve my recipes. I know many people are making food and reading but not commenting.:) Shy.:)

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  4. afi

    Good morning Olena!
    Yesterday, I made this and I must say it is one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had! What I did was to spread it thin on a large flat baking sheet. When I took it out, as per your instructions, I let it cool completely. Then I broke it into large pieces (some of it became like granola, of course). But I put it in a serving dish like healthy candy brittle! It was gone in about 2 hours! Everyone loved it.
    I think this is DANGEROUSLY delicious! It’s totally a diet breaker :):)
    You did it again, Olena!

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    • Olena

      So welcome, honey!!! Your comment made me want it right now. Lol you are so good at selling the food you make. You know what I mean. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Patty

    Do you need to rinse the quinoa before baking as you would cooking it in broth or water? Will it be strongly bitter without the rinse?

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    • Olena

      On a quinoa package I buy it says pre-washed. So I never really rinse my quinoa. I haven’t seen not pre-washed quinoa yet. I wouldn’t rinse it for this recipe anyways. Might change the end result. We want it to be crunchy and roasted.

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  6. Justine

    I made this tonight and I was shocked that my husband liked it. Normally he doesn’t try “new” things or anything that could be labeled “healthy” and clean. I left the granola more clustered for easy snacking. This recipe is delicious. Thank you and A+!

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  7. Mara

    When it comes to granola, I am so, so fussy ( I don’t like dried fruit or raisins among other things), which makes buying granola really hard! I’ve decided that since I know what I do and don’t like in my granolas, making it is the best thing to do. Your recipe looks so amazing, I can’t wait to make it! Might add some cacao nibs to chocolate-ify it too! 🙂 This has made me very excited! Mara xxx

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  8. Mandi

    I really like the sound of this recipe! My husband told me to find a granola recipe with flax seeds, quinoa, and chia seeds that is low sugar and healthy. I want to make this into bars…how? Can I more salt to make it saltier? I can’t wait to try this as is with our granddaughters this weekend.

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  9. Christy

    Oh. My. Goodness. I just made this, and it’s absolutely delicious! I mean, seriously good! I was hesitant to make it, thinking that the quinoa might be too savory for a sweet granola, but I was totally wrong; this stuff is wonderful! I did add cinnamon to your recipe because I love cinnamon, but I did everything else as directed and have nothing but good things to say.

    I just found your website through this recipe, but I will definitely become a regular reader. I just had my first child and have about 25 pounds to lose to get back to where I feel comfortable. Your food philosophy is right in line with mine, and your healthy lifestyle is an inspiration to me! Looking forward to more awesome recipes!

    Cheers!

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    • Olena

      Hi, Christy! Great to hear. Roasted quinoa tastes amazing! All roasted nuts and seeds taste great though. Good for you. 25 lbs is totally doable. Just eat real food and listen to your body. I had 50 lbs to lose each time, so you are half way ahead of where I was.LOL

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  10. Shannon

    I followed the recipe, but it started burning at about 20 min. I waited a little longer and its a total loss. what do you think I did wrong?

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    • Olena

      OK, let’s trouble shoot. Was your oven at 325 degrees F? Was your baking sheet lined with parchment paper? Were you baking on the 3rd from the bottom rack? All these things prevent granola from burning.

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  11. Katelyn kli

    I love this recipe and made the granola today and think it’s great, however your recipe calls for,1/2 tbsp. of stevia which is an insane amount. Is that a typo? I used 1/2 tsp. which was even too much.

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    • Olena

      Have you used liquid stevia or powdered? I recently bought liquid one and realized how much sweeter it is than dry one. I added a few drops to a drink and it was so sweet. I am used to powder one. I made this recipe using powder stevia and I will add that.

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  12. Gentille

    Hi Olena,
    I just made this recipe and I must say I love it it! I didn’t have vanilla so instead I ground a little bit of Earl Grey Tea and used that instead… YUM!
    I just have a quick question for you…
    Why is my granola not forming clusters? Is it because I used a silicon sheet LIGHTLY greased with coconut oil instead of parchemin paper? Apart from the vanilla, I am pretty sure that is the only thing different I did from the original recipe. I’d really like big clusters of granola!
    Thanks for your help 🙂
    V

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    • Olena

      Hi Gentille. This granola is low in sugar therefore doesn’t use much honey or maple syrup to help it form many large clusters. You can skip stevia and add more liquid sweetener.:) My granola formed some clusters. I have never tried a silicone baking sheet so can’t tell, maybe that was a problem. I tried store bought low in sugar organic granola like Nature’s Path and it doesn’t have many clusters either.

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  13. Gentille

    I forgot to mention that I did let the granola cool down completely before I tried to break it into pieces. Just thought it was important for you to know.

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  14. Jo Palis

    I use concentrated stevia powder which appears same as one in the link. 1/2 TBS seems like a lot. Is that correct?

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    • Olena

      Stevia I used back then was from Trader Joe’s diluted with whey powder. So, you are correct, use a tiny amount of concentrated one.

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  15. LisaJ

    I just found this recipe and i have all the ingredients already (YAY! When does THAT ever happen?!) My only comment is really a giggle…i was looking at the ‘serving size’ at 2TBS, but it sounds like nobody is able to eat just 2TBS, as it’s that good! I will report back when i make time to try it!

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    • Olena

      I know. There is always smh that is missing ,even the simplest ingredients. Or for me it would be frozen like applesauce, chicken or beans LOL. Well, nutritional info is to give you a hint to stop at 4 tbsp maybe.:)

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  16. GK

    I just made this, I subbed Xylitol mixed with 3 tbsp. water, 2 teaspoons maple extract, I used everything else though, I baked it an extra 10 min., and it turned out great, slightly sweet, with a hint of maple, it doesn’t have clusters, but all I care about is that I can have it as something to add to plain Greek yogurt (Greek Gods plain Greek yogurt) it is delicious, thanks for posting 🙂

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  17. Rachel

    I love this recipe! I add 1/4 c hemp hearts, 1/4 cacao nibs, and 1/4 flax seeds for even more goodness and then increase the coconut oil and maple syrup to 4 TBS each. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Olena

      You are welcome, Rachel. Those are great additions!!! I had to Google to see if flax seeds are OK to roast and they are. Apparently they do not lose nutritional value because there was some info like that at some point.

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  18. Lynn

    OMG, I just made this and can’t stop eating it…so delicious. I did have to omit vanilla and substitute a few ingredients because I am doing an elimination diet right now, but still delicious. Thank you, than you!

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