Looking for a healthy granola? Quinoa granola is easy to make and packed with 9 real, good-for-you ingredients! Unlike other quinoa granola recipes, protein-packed quinoa fully replaces the oats. Naturally sweetened with honey, this recipe is gluten free, vegan, soy free, dairy free, and oat free.
There’s one kind of granola I bet you haven’t tried…QUINOA granola! There are a lot of fantastic granola recipes out there, so let’s talk about WHY you should try this one:
- Quinoa has 40% more protein per serving than oats.
- Unlike oats, the protein found in quinoa is a complete protein so it contains all 20 amino acids, giving your body all the building blocks it needs to use protein.
- Quinoa is tasty! This recipe uses both quinoa flakes (like oats in texture) AND regular quinoa. This gives a traditional granola texture and an extra (delightful) crunch.
- Real food. This recipe uses less than 10 REAL and healthy ingredients including proteins and healthy fats, and is naturally sweetened with honey
If you haven’t tried quinoa and/or quinoa flakes yet, don’t be intimidated by them! The flakes are smaller than oats but they bring a very similar texture. Paired with the sliced almonds and large coconut flakes, you’ll get some great granola clusters and everyone loves the clusters, right??
If you’re new to quinoa, here’s the rundown: it’s the seed of a gluten free flowering plant and similar to couscous once cooked. We often use it as a healthier substitute for rice or even to make a decadent Gluten Free Chocolate Cake In their natural state, quinoa seeds are coated with something called saponins. This gives them a bitter taste (but is harmless) so you’ll either need to buy a product that is pre-rinsed or rinse it yourself and then allow it to dry before using in this recipe.
The only brand I’ve found for quinoa flakes is Ancient Harvest – you can find it on Amazon or in most stores. I also usually buy their regular quinoa because it’s gluten free and pre-rinsed. We like the unsweetened and larger coconut flakes.
If you want to have MORE granola on hand, this recipe can easily be doubled to make a larger batch, just spread onto two separate baking sheets!
Here’s a few ways you can eat quinoa granola, but feel free to come up with your own and share in the comments!
- As a breakfast cereal with your milk of choice
- Create a breakfast bowl with Greek yogurt and top with fresh or frozen berries, chia seeds, and quinoa granola
- Add your favorite mix-ins to make a trail mix! Chocolate chips or chunks, dried fruit, and nuts make a great addition
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Step by step instructions here:
Protein-pack your granola by using quinoa instead of oats!
- Use quinoa instead of oats to pack your granola with complete protein!
- 1 cup gluten free quinoa flakes
- 1/2 cup gluten free quinoa, uncooked (use one that is pre-rinsed)
- 1/2 cup gluten free sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup gluten free coconut
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (I used unrefined)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Optional add-ins (add after baking): 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, and/or dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together quinoa flakes, quinoa, sliced almonds, coconut, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- Add melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Spread onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave some packed together to create clusters.
- Bake for 1 hour, gently stir the granola, and then bake another 20-30 minutes depending on how crunchy you like the granola. It will get a little crunchier as it cools, too.
- Once the granola is cool, stir in any add-ins if you want, and store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.