Gluten Free Quinoa Granola
Author: Lauren Kelly, Recipe Developer and Food Blogger
Raise your hand if you love granola! Many of packaged granolas in the grocery stores are filled with added fats, preservatives and chemicals. Make your own and you are in control of the ingredients.
1 cup organic whole rolled oats
1 cup buckwheat groats
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
2 T ground chia seeds
3/4 cup raw chopped almonds
1/4 cup raw chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or other unsweetened fruit of your choice or even mini chocolate chips)
2 tbsp chopped dried apricots
1/3 chopped dates
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1. Mix dry ingredients (first 4 ingredients), then add nuts, seeds and coconut. Mix all together really well adding in the cinnamon.
2. Mix in maple syrup, melted coconut oil, then dried fruit. Make sure everything is mixed up and coated well.
3. Spoon and press mixture onto baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Bake at 225 degrees for 60 minutes.
4. Let cool after removing from oven then pull corners of wax paper together to crumble granola.
Plan Ahead: I suggest putting in individual serving size baggies because this granola is ADDICTIVE! My kids love it too. I keep in the car, my bag and everywhere! And there’s quinoa in there, so it’s healthy!
Variations: You can add whatever nuts and dried fruits that you’d like. I probably make this weekly and I try to mix it up ever time. Plus, it tastes different each time so the kids won’t get bored.
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