Maple Quinoa Granola

By • August 24, 2013 • 22 Comments


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Author Notes: A recipe forged from all those crunchy blogs I follow using coconut products and raw stuff (sigh), this granola hits the sweet spot for me. And the crispy, light, toasty, chunky spots. Quinoa lends lovely textural pop, not to mention protein and aw-shucks beauty. And all the flavors going on are balanced by the permeating goodness of maple syrup. This stuff is practically dessert for breakfast. Or breakfast for dessert. Or granola for every meal for two days.

I sometimes opt for unsweetened cranberries, and I occasionally zest a little orange into the oil/syrup and let it mingle for a few minutes before mixing it all together and baking. Get crunchy!
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Food52 Review: I love the health profile of this granola: it's lower in sugar, and quinoa and walnuts add extra protein. We will happily eat up this batch of granola on our morning yogurt, and, I suspect, sneak some as a snack as well. I found the flavor, while delicious, just short of bold enough for me. I followed the recipe as written, but next time, I'd add a pinch or two of salt and more than just a dash of the spices. This is an interesting twist and a healthier version of the type of granola I like.Wendy

Makes 5 to 6 cups

  • 2 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pre-rinsed, uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, in pieces or coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (raw)
  • 1/4 cup white raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons split hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  1. Preheat your oven to 225° F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients (excluding cinnamon and nutmeg) in a great big mixing bowl.
  3. In a small saucepan over really low heat (or just in a bowl if your coconut oil is liquid), combine oil, syrup, and a dash each of the spices. You only need to get it up to a temperature that melts the coconut oil, then turn it off immediately. Pour your syrup/oil over the mixing bowl, then stir it all up until you don't see any more dry oats. Mix it up good.
  4. Spread the mix onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten it out so it's even; it should take up the whole sheet. Bake at 225° F for 60 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely. When cooled, lift the ends of the parchment and let it crumble to the center. I leave the big chunks big; they'll break up as you pour everything into your jar. You can also just grab them and eat them.
  6. Because of the coconut oil here, this needs to be kept in an airtight container in the fridge, or safely below 70°, otherwise it risks losing its crispety crunchety.

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2 days ago James Spitznas

OMG -- this tastes incredible! I think I'll need to be making another batch before long ...

In keeping with the Food52 review, I added 1/4t of sea salt, and bumped the cinnamon to 1/2 t and the nutmeg to 1/4 t; also replaced hemp seeds with golden flax seeds. At end of hour baking the granola looked like it need some more time so bumped oven up to 250 and baked 15 minutes more.

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7 days ago Maura

We are addicted to this granola. I now make it in double batches. Thank you so much!

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27 days ago impeesa

For my own edifacation, cooked quinoa,right?

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27 days ago spacekase

Here, it's added dry, without pre-cooking. But as SlowLorus suggests, you could rinse it and let it drain while assembling everything else--so, perhaps slightly wet.

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27 days ago Laura

Really happy with this light granola. Thanks so much for a perfect ratio!

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28 days ago Kate Pinkerton

Smells and tastes great, but the dried fruit should be added after the baking. The raisins became completely dried and tough, almost burnt tasted. Did I misunderstand the directions?

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28 days ago Polly Cox

What can I use in place of the coconut oil? I have friends who are allegic to coconut.

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28 days ago Sarah Taylor

I'm cooking my quinoa. I have no idea if this is right since the recipe doesnt indicate...just think taste and texture will be better.

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29 days ago MapleFan

Looks amazing! To confirm, the quinoa is added dry (e.g. without pre-cooking it on the stovetop first)?

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28 days ago spacekase

Yes! Added dry, indeed.

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about 1 month ago Lynne

I have also read that quinoa should not be eaten raw. I have made granola with oats and OUINOA FLAKES. The brand at my grocery is Ancient Harvest and is sold in 12 oz boxes in the cereal section.

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29 days ago cookingwithamy

How is this considered raw when it's baked for an hour?

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about 1 month ago anne

Can you use a different oil than coconut?

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about 1 month ago spacekase

Haven't tried it--but I have eaten olive oil granola! So, I bet you can. Let us know!

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28 days ago SlowLorus

You can use any fat you please for granola. Vegetable oil, olive oil, butter, coconut oil, or anything else. It all works. Fats that are usually liquid at room temperature like vegetable oil or olive oil will give you the most "brittle" crunch while solid fats like butter or coconut oil result in a more tender granola.

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4 months ago deanna

What is pre-rinsed quinoa? I know quinoa should not be eaten raw, so I don't understand this ingredient.

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2 months ago Ashley Marie

Lots of people recommend rinsing all of you grains before use, some even recommend soaking overnight. It simply cleans them and gets rid of any debris.

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about 1 month ago spacekase

Quinoa that isn't rinsed may have a bitter taste--there's a coating on the seed of bitter saponins that lots of people experience as a soapy flavor. (I've never really suffered any consequences from not rinsing, but maybe I'm not a super taster.) I have specified pre-rinsed, because if you want your quinoa rinsed, it doesn't make sense to get it wet before trying to make the granola. Unless you want to try to dry it after that. The package should say pre-rinsed on it somewhere--I'm pretty sure Bob's Red Mill is! Hope that helps.

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28 days ago SlowLorus

Yes, about the bitter saponin coating on quinoa! I always rinse quinoa a couple of times since the bitterness can vary from each batch/harvest. Also, for granola, you can rinse and drain regular quinoa before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. It works out fine. No need to buy pre-rinsed specifically for this recipe if you have other quinoa sitting around or can't find pre-rinsed. Just let the quinoa drain in a sieve while you get everything else ready. When you add it to the rest of the ingredients mix well as it may clump a little. If the granola still seems underdone after 60 minutes in the oven just extend the baking time.

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7 months ago Abschader

I made a double batch. Delicious. My kids have been enjoying it plain and on fruit and yogurt. Thank you!

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7 months ago spacekase

great! glad to hear it.

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7 months ago Vstarr71

This looks super good and easy! Thank you!