MoFo Day 5: Quinoa Granola
I love Pinterest. It’s a great visual reminder of all the links you see around the web. I can never remember what things are called, and I’m always emailing and saving recipes in my favorites, only to lose or forget about them. With Pinterest, if I see a great photo of a recipe (or dress, shoes, kittens…) I just save it to my board, and when I need some inspiration I look through the photos I, or others, have saved.
It’s also a great way to save ideas for gifts, entertaining, and decorating.
I decided to make the recipe I saved for Quinoa Granola from Hungry, Hungry Hippie. I was a little afraid of the unsoaked quinoa and buckwheat, but there was no need to be worried. This granola was light, crisp, and crunchy. Just sweet enough with bits of chewy dried fruit. I’ve been eating it plain, but I know it will be great with some soy yogurt.
I can see making lots of different variations of this. I have some amaranth in my pantry that I need to use up, as well as lots of different dried fruit.
I did make few changes, which I’ve noted below. My changes are italicized and bold.Quinoa Granola
Slightly adapted from Hungry, Hungry Hippie’s Recipe
- 1 cup whole rolled oats
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 1/3 cup quinoa
- 2 T chia seeds
- 3/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 TBS coconut oil, melted
- 2 TBS coconut flax oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat your oven to 225°F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Soak cranberries and raisins in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the oats, groats, quinoa, chia seeds, nuts and seeds, coconut, and cinnamon.
Drain the cranberries and raisins and add them to the nut mixture.
Whisk together both syrups, the orange juice, oils, vanilla and salt until completely combined.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry until everything is completely coated. Be sure to get all the stuff on the bottom of the bowl.
Spread the granola onto the baking sheet, and bake for 60 minutes. Let cool, then break up and store in an airtight container.
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