Quinoa Granola is healthy, easy, toasted, crunchy and most importantly 6 times lower in sugar than any store-bought. Eat in a bowl of milk for healthy breakfast or grab a handful to munch on for a healthy snack!

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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.

I know world might be over quinoa recipes but I am sure not! Chicken quinoa bowl, kale quinoa salad and quinoa falafel are regulars around here.

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 pressure cooker yogurt or unsweetened almond milk as a 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

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Quinoa Granola

Quinoa Granola that is healthy, easy, toasted, crunchy and most importantly 6 times lower in sugar than any store-bought.
5 from 17 votes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 135
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • 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. Add oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract; stir well.
  • 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.
  • Remove quinoa granola from the oven, let cool completely (do not touch) and after break into pieces.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 28mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love your recipes! Is it possible to make this recipe without the oats? If so, could I just substitute with more quinoa instead?

  2. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.

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