Crunchy Quinoa Granola

This is my new favorite granola! This granola is healthier than some varieties of made before but it’s going to be my go to base from now on. I also loved the crunch the quinoa added. We enjoyed it both over yogurt and as cereal in a bowl of milk. It would make a great homemade gift for anyone this holiday season! I know the next time I’m making this, I’ll add in 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.

3/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained well
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup natural applesauce
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine the quinoa, oats, almonds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the applesauce, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to coat and all is combined.

Spread the granola into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the granola is golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes while baking.

Remove from oven and stir in the cranberries and raisins. Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

Slightly adapted: Two Peas & Their Pod

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