07 July, 2010

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

I have never thought of putting raw quinoa into a granola until I read a granola recipe on Food And Whine. What a revelation it was. I basically copied the recipe and just made slight changes (when I didn't have the ingredients ready on hand). The toasted quinoa in the granola is the most amazing thing. It gives a lovely crunch to it. The taste of applesauce gives it a lovely fruity flavor without being overbearing. For the first time, I didn't feel the need to add dried fruit as I didn't want to destroy the flavor of the grains. A perfect combination of various crunches, bites, and flavors. On top of that, it can't get much healthier than this: whole grains, nuts, seeds, low fat altogether. Thanks Megan, for this recipe.
Now that I got into the very small grains in the granola, I might as well try millet the next time. 
I am on holiday in Germany as I am writing this, and my homemade granola box had to stay behind. I'll survive it, I guess, just...... Being in my home country makes up for it.


3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
Preheat oven to 150C. 

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
In a small bowl stir together all wet ingredients. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until well coated. Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it over every 10 minutes or so to provide even toasting. Let cool completely. Keep in airtight container.


  1. Made this and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I want to try Your recipe for crunchy quinoa granola, and I just have one question: should I rinse the quinoa befor or not ( I have the sort of quinoa that I should rinse-not pre-washed)
    I just made also Your Buckwheat crackers and buckwheat porridge and ... wow I fell in love in buckwheat:-)

  3. I usually don't rinse the quinoa. Rinsing it before won't change the resulkt of the recipe, I 'd say. So feel free to rinse it if you want to.

  4. By the way, how much granola does this make? Sorry, doing calculations so I can figure out how much I can eat. Sound delicious by the way!