by Olena

Quinoa Granola

by Olena

5 from 7 reviews

Quinoa Granola

I have never been a fan of store-bought granola because it’s sooo sweet and I would rather save my calories for wine. This quinoa granola recipe is for me though – it contains 6 times less sugar than store-bought and is loaded with superfoods like nuts, chia seeds and quinoa. It is healthy, easy, toasted and crunchy.

First of all, toasted 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. Just know that (quick cooking) steel cut oats will yield more crunchy granola, where as rolled oats softer one. Common sense.

Quinoa Granola in glass jar

I used only 3 tbsp of maple syrup that’s enough to create clusters. It is a very old recipe of mine and it used to call for stevia. That was Olena back then, nowadays I don’t do that. So, that has been updated.

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. If you don’t like toasted coconut, you can sprinkle it on top after removing granola from the oven or skip it all together.

I enjoy this granola with some Greek yogurt or unsweetened almond milk as a cereal. If you like this quinoa granola, you will love my chocolate quinoa granola, quinoa granola bars, or healthy homemade cereal.

How to Make Quinoa Granola

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, quinoa, nuts, chia seeds, salt; stir to combine. Bowl of quinoa, chia seeds, nuts, salt; unmixed
  2. Add oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract; stir well. Oil, maple syrup added to ingredients and mixed in glass bowl
  3. Spread in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake on a third rack from the bottom for 25 minutes, sprinkle with coconut flakes and bake for 5 more minutes. quinoa granola on baking sheet
  4. Remove quinoa granola from the oven, let cool completely (do not touch) and after break into pieces.  baked quinoa granola
  5. Enjoy with yogurt and berries. Or just with almond milk in place of healthy cereal.quinoa granola in a bowl of milk and strawberries

Quinoa Granola

quinoa granola

5 from 7 reviews

Quinoa Granola Recipe that is healthy, easy, toasted, crunchy and most importantly 6 times lower in sugar than any store-bought.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, quinoa, nuts, chia seeds, salt; stir to combine. Add oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract; stir well.
  3. Spread in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake on a third rack from the bottom for 25 minutes, sprinkle with coconut flakes and bake for 5 more minutes.
  4. Remove quinoa granola from the oven, let cool completely (do not touch) and after break into pieces.

Store: Store in a glass jar in a cool dry place for up to a month.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Love your recipes! Is it possible to make this recipe without the oats? If so, could I just substitute with more quinoa instead?

  2. This granola is so freaking delicious! I’ve made it twice now and add it to plain Greek yogurt with some fruit. Makes for an amazing treat! Sometimes I snack on it by itself.

    I’ve just recently discovered your blog and have made quite a few of your recipes. All of them I’ve liked and I love how you use simple, whole food ingredients. Your blog has inspired me to start eating way less processed crap and to use so many more whole foods than I ever have. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone a few times, but I’ve never been disappointed and honestly love how fresh everything tastes. Thank you!!

    1. I’m so happy to hear to have such a positive impact on someone’s life! Stepping out of a comfort zone is the only way to grow. Good for you and you are welcome!

  3. My boyfriend and I started “clean eating” this week as a means of improving our health and hopefully decreasing his risk of recurrent cancer. We eat cereal often and were a bit perplexed when trying to figure out a quick and easy replacement. This is perfect. Its crunchy and has a hint of sweet. Which is all we really need. It holds up well in a canister on my counter top. We love it! Thank you!

    1. Good for you! Many people have a very hard time switching to healthy food because their taste buds are SO overpowered by processed foods. You will do great and wishing your family lots of health!!!

  4. I made this yesterday and it came out great. I LOVE it. I added some hemp seeds because I happened to have some onhand, and i don’t like stevia so I added a crumbled cube of brown sugar. This was my first time making granola and I didn’t realize that it comes out better if it’s not completely spread it and separated. I spread it pretty thickly (?) and it came out like a bark, which I loved. Great recipe. Thank you!

  5. I love this granola but have never gotten it to “cluster”. I don’t put much maple syrup in at all. I also toss in pumpkin seed, flax seed, ginger chips, what ever I’m in the mood for. Delicious.

    1. Yes, for clusters you need to add way more sugar which I’d rather not.:) Your additions sound amazing! I have a bag of organic candied ginger I need to use up.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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!


    1. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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+!

  13. 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?

    1. 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.

  14. 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!

    1. 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!

  15. 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! 🙂

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  16. 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!

    1. 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

  17. 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.

    1. 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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