Quinoa Granola

Quinoa Granola

Ive been making my own granola for years. Its so easy and what you make at home is way healthier than what you buy in the stores. And better yet you can put exactly what you want in it. Thats how this recipe was born. I wanted to make something different than my usual granola and as I searched the pantry for options I saw my quinoa and I knew that was it.

The addition of the quinoa gives the granola an added extra crunch, as well as an extra punch of protein. Its so goodseriously! I eat my granola most often with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, but you can eat it with milk as a cereal or even as is by the handful. Its a great on-the-go snack!

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins

Healthy granola, perfect as a snack, mixed with yogurt, or eates as cereal!

Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15

Ingredients

  • 4 c. oats
  • 2 c. quinoa
  • 1.5 c. slivered almonds, any nut or combination of nuts
  • 1 c. dried cranberries, any dried fruit or combination of fruits
  • ½ c. chocolate morsels, optional
  • ¼ c. honey, can substitute agave nectar or brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla
  • Other Add-In Options: flax seed, shredded coconut, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, butterscotch, and/or white chocolate morsels.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together egg whites, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla until combined. In a large bowl, add oats, qunioa, and almonds, then pour in wet ingredients and mix until combined well. You want everything to be coated evenly in the wet ingredients.
  3. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and evenly spread granola. You want an even layer so it cooks evenly (You might need two cookie sheets or bake in batches). Bake, stirring 2-3 times during baking, until golden brown and crunchy approximately 20-30 minutes. Once completely cool add cranberries and chocolate and store in an air tight container.