Thursday, February 2, 2012

Quinoa Granola

So I woke up this morning craving my favourite homemade granola recipe.  Unfortunately, I discovered that I had only about 3/4 of a cup of rolled oats.  So I decided to substitute quinoa for the oatmeal and am pleasantly surprised with the results. 

Quick & Easy Quinoa Granola

1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 cups Quinoa, rinsed really well and patted dry
3/4 cups of Rolled Oats (optional)
1/4 cup ground Flax seed
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened Coconut
1/4 cup Almond Butter
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Honey or 1/3 cup Agave syrup
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1- 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300 F.  Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly blended.

Press mixture into a baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.  I used my broiling pan as it is the largest one I have and lined it with parchment paper.  This made it a little bit crispier, which I really like in a granola.

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