Maple Apple Quinoa Granola

Maple Apple Quinoa Granola | Queen of Quinoa

I just love when I find new ways to use quinoa. Since I have experiment so much with this fabulous food, I have had my fair share of failures. So when something that I’ve been working on for a while comes out perfectly, that’s when I really get jazzed about this ingredient. And this quinoa granola totally hit the spot!

I feel empowered, like a person with purpose. You must know what I’m talking about. That feeling when you’ve created a super healthy meal and it tastes amazing. A meal that makes you jump up and down with excitement? A meal that you immediately want to share with the world? A meal that you know even your junk food loving friends would swoon over.

This is that kind of meal. Because it’s oat-free granola, made with quinoa. It’s quinoa granola!

Maple Apple Quinoa Granola | Queen of Quinoa

Granola isn’t a meal per se, but I’m more than happy to turn it into one if I have the chance. Granola is one of my favorite things on earth. It’s sweet, crunchy and healthy. It pairs perfectly with yogurt and fruit. Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, even dinner.

Granola is also a fabulous food to snack on or to pack up and take with you on the road. When I’m traveling, all I want is something gluten-free, delicious, healthy and portable. Granola is my best friend.

This granola is special. It’s not made with oats. It’s made with quinoa. Nutty, protein-packed quinoa.

Maple Apple Quinoa Granola | Queen of Quinoa

I’ve been on a mission ever since I went gluten-free to make the perfect granola. A granola that’s fit for the Queen herself. I’ve tried my hand at “regular” granola – the kind made with oats – and even though it was delicious, it didn’t have my favorite little seed. Quinoa was the missing piece.

And then I discovered dehydrated quinoa. Light, airy but still retaining it’s shape and crunch, I realized it would be perfect for granola. And so I started experimenting.

My friends, this is it. The best granola you’ve ever tasted. And made with quinoa! What could be better?

Maple Apple Quinoa Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2 1/2 - 3 cups

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dehydrated quinoa (check out this post for dehydrating buckwheat - dehydrate quinoa the same way!)
  • 1 cup dehydrated buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, except for the apples.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat liquid ingredients together. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined and all the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Spoon the contents of the mixing bowl onto a baking sheet. Bake the granola in the center of a warmed oven for 20 - 30 minutes until the granola has browned. Make sure to stir it around every 10 minutes, to avoid burning it.
  5. When the granola has finished baking, let it cool slightly (about 5 minutes) and add the chopped apples.
  6. Cool fully before adding placing in an air tight container.
  7. And of course, enjoy!
http://www.simplyquinoa.com/maple-apple-quinoa-granola/

  • http://www.includingcake.com jo @ includingcake

    Yes I agree, granola is great for any meal time…the perfect post gym supper! I don’t have a dehydrator but am considering investing, this looks like a great granola variation!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Granola is one of the healthiest and delicious snacks. I almost never go a day without eating it. If you’re looking to invest in a dehydrator, there are a ton of options – with a wide range of prices. Let me know if you have any questions in your search!

  • Julie Stiel

    OMG! Love this recipe and love your blog! My daughter is quinoa obsessed…she will be excited to have all these new recipes to try. Thank you!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Julie! So happy you found me – sounds like I might have some recipes that your daughter will enjoy :) Let me know if either of you have any questions along the way! xo Alyssa

    • http://www.yahoo.com/ Derex

      That really captures the spirit of it. Thanks for ptiosng.

  • http://howdoyoucookquinoa.com/ Tammi Kibler

    This quinoa granola looks very yummy. I bet it would be delightful with blueberries and yogurt.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Oh absolutely! I had it with strawberries and yogurt this morning. Delicious!

  • Farzana

    Oh I really would like to try this. At what temperature should the oven be at (you say warm, but not sure exactly)

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      The oven should be at 300 degrees for baking the granola. Let me know how it turns out for you!!

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