Crispy Quinoa Granola

I had no idea that quinoa could be so good as “granola”! It’s like eating crunchy little bursts of energy! Look how this chunk of granola stuck together like a mini granola candy bar…that piece was the first to get eaten!

Crispy Quinoa Granola

Quinoa is a seed that is very high in protein and low in fat. I used organic quinoa that I purchased from Whole Foods. Also I had some sliced almonds on hand so I didn’t need to chop them.

Crispy Quinoa Granola

I enjoyed this granola on a little plate while doing my homework…

Crispy Quinoa Granola-good by iteself

…and on top of frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog (I actually resisted getting any toppings at the store so that I could top it with my granola!)

oa Granola- on Sweet Frog fro yo

Crispy Quinoa Granola

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup local organic honey
  • 1/2 cup dried golden raisins
  • *Note: Can easily be doubled and fit on one baking sheet.

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop ½ cup almonds. In a medium bowl, combine ¾ cup quinoa, ½ cup pumpkin seeds, ½ cup chopped almonds, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil and ¼ cup honey to thoroughly combine. Spread onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, stirring a few times during baking. Add ½ cup golden raisins (or any dried fruit) and let cool 15 minutes. Break any large chunks into small pieces and store in an airtight container.

Recipe from A Couple Cooks

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3 thoughts on “Crispy Quinoa Granola

  1. I Choose Buffalo says:

    Mmm-mmm! Looks just as good as you said it tasted.

    (Do you get artificial nails/tips or is it just a French manicure??)

    • ElissaM says:

      It’s amazing Zan!! I would venture to say the best granola I’ve ever had! I bought some dried cranberries at the store this afternoon to use as my “dried fruit” the next time I make it 🙂

      • ElissaM says:

        Oh yeah….my nails…it’s a shellac manicure that goes on like regular polish but it lasts about 2 weeks. No acrylic and sanding or tips. Thanks for noticing!

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