I love cereals, granolas, and muesli but I find it hard to find one that has an ingredient list I can get down with. I love making it at home because it is super easy, healthy, and fresh granola straight out of the oven is one of my favorite things. I love using quinoa in my granola because it is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and because it adds a great texture. You can pop quinoa, similar to how you make popcorn, and it only takes about 2-3 minutes to do. This recipe is easily customizable though, depending on what seeds, spices, and grains you have on hand. I often add cinnamon, and cacao. I add this granola on top of smoothie bowls, yogurts, eat it as a cereal with almond milk, or simply snack on it straight out of the jar. It also makes a great snack to travel with, I just add some non dairy milk straight to the jar and have it as a breakfast on airplanes when traveling.
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Makes about 2 cups of granola.
FOR THIS RECIPE YOU WILL NEED
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup brown rice cereal (I use the Erewhon brand)
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- small pinch of salt
1. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a non stick silicone baking sheet. Pre heat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
2.Add quinoa to a pot with a lid. Cook over medium heat shaking the pot so the quinoa doesn't burn. Continue shaking the pan until the popping stops, this usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
3. Pour the popped quinoa on the baking sheet, and add the rest of the ingredients, using a spatula to mix everything together.
4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the coconut flakes are golden brown.
5. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.