Sunday, July 18, 2010

Quinoa Granola Recipe

They didn't have gluten free oats at the store this week, so I decided to use quinoa flakes that were bought by accident to make this granola. To balance out the stronger flavor of the quinoa flakes, I used a little more applesauce, brown sugar and spices in this recipe than in my original granola recipe. Granola is pretty flexible and a great way to use up any seeds and nuts you might have on hand.

Quinoa Granola Recipe

Mix together in a large bowl:
  • 3.5 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup gluten free oatmeal
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups almonds-chopped
  • 1 cup pecans-chopped
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Separately, in sauce pan over low heat until combined:

  • 1.5 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup oil (macadamia nut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Pour sauce from pan over dry ingredients and mix well in bowl until combined using a large spoon. Divide mixture onto 3 sheet trays and spread evenly over each sheet tray so mixture covers tray. Bake in 300º oven for 1 hour. Every 20 minutes use a spatula to stir granola and turn over so it doesn't burn. It might need a few more minutes depending on your oven. Also, rotate trays in the oven so that they cook evenly. When granola is golden brown remove from the oven and let it cool down.

Add to cooked granola mixture:
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Put in large mason jars or containers to store until needed.


Busy Lizzie said...

Oh Yum that sounds delish. I will gather my ingredients and make some. I am finding it a little challenging to find a decent cereal that doesn't require an overdraft if its not on special.

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