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March 16, 2014

by Alyssa

Crispy Honey Quinoa Cereal

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Healthy crispy cereal? You can with this quinoa breakfast recipes!

This isn't the obligatory green post that you might be expecting for St Paddy's Day weekend, but I do have a little green surprise for you in the end, so keep on reading 🙂

First, we're chatting cereal. Quinoa crispies to be exact.

What are quinoa crispies? Whenever I use them in a recipe, that's the most common question because they aren't a very common ingredient. I like to describe them as the quinoa version of rice crispies – so they're crunchy, light and make great cereals or treats.

But just like rice crispies, they can be a little bland. A little boring even.

Healthy crispy cereal? You can with this quinoa breakfast recipes!

So today we're spicing them up, while still keeping them healthy and delicious.

But I want to just answer a few more of the common questions about quinoa crispies first.

Can you make quinoa crispies at home? The short answer is no. When you puff quinoa at home (which I'll admit, I have never successfully been able to do) you can't get the same texture as you do when you purchase quinoa crispies. They don't get as airy as they do when they're processed in those big machines (no idea the actual machines). If you want to give it a try, I think it would work better for the cereal than it would for my crispy treats. If you do try, make sure to leave a comment and let me know!

Finally, where can you find quinoa crispies? Honestly, whenever I get this question I always just direct people online. There are two places I like to buy my quinoa crispies:

1) Edison Grainery – click the link or search for quinoa cripsies

2) Nuts.com – follow the link or search quinoa puffs

Healthy crispy cereal? You can with this quinoa breakfast recipes!

Now that we've chatted more about quinoa crispies, let's get to the recipe 🙂

As I mentioned at the start of this post, there is a little secret green ingredient in this recipe. Of course, there's honey, lots of delicious honey, but I've also been able to sneak in some kale.

Kale? The almighty kale? Today, it's in our quinoa cereal.

Sounds crazy, I know, but it's true: we're totally having a bowl of cereal and I can guarantee you'll never even taste the kale (minus a slight green hue perhaps).

Probably the best part about this recipe is how easy it is – I'm all about the quick and simple lately. 4 ingredients, one mixing bowl and under 30 minutes. Just stir, bake, cool and enjoy.

Have any more questions about quinoa crispies? Let me know in the comments below!

Crispy Honey Quinoa Cereal

Probably the best part about this recipe is how easy it is - I'm all about the quick and simple lately. 4 ingredients, one mixing bowl and under 30 minutes. Just stir, bake, cool and enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 269kcal
Author Alyssa
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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Add quinoa crispies to a large mixing bowl. Pour honey, oil and juice over cereal and mix until thoroughly coated.
  • Transfer cereal to baking sheet(s) and bake until lightly browned, 20 - 30 minutes. Swirl cereal around as it cooks so as not to burn.
  • Cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. Just wanted you to know that http://www.azurestandard.com also has the quinoa crispiess as well. It’s a coop I buy from. They are actually made by Edison Grainery. The ones you linked to Edison are $11.04/lb. If you order from Azure, they cost $27.00 for 3-1# bags. That’s $9.00/lb. There is no shipping. I don’t know where you live, but if you wanted to order with a coop, your minimum order is I think $50.00 . They have many quinoa products. I am from CA but my in-laws order back in Ohio. I’ve ordered from them for over 9 years now. I love Azure Standard. BTW, I made the Quinoa Crispies snack and put the chocolate on top. My husband and kids love them. They are much more crunchy that rice crispy treats. Thanks.

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  3. Really love your blog and recipes, and of course I love quinoa. Never heard of quinoa crispies and puffs but look forward to trying them. I have learned so much and really enjoy reading your posts each week. I also appreciate being introduced to Beard and Bonnet, so many great and healthy ideas as well.

    • Thrilled to have you as a reader, Renee. Thank you and welcome! I’m so happy you’re finding inspiration in the recipes here and would love to know how your quinoa journey goes as you explore more of the site. And also very excited to hear you’ve also discovered Meg’s blog – she’s great, isn’t she!?

  4. My daughter has a severe coconut allergy, so we are a coconut free house, I usually substitute with unsalted butter, do you think this would also work in this recipe?

    • Yes, absolutely! And light tasting oil will work for this recipe 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

  5. Alyssa, this looks delicious and I am always looking for some variety in my breakfast menu.

    I am trying to lower my glucose/triglyceride levels. Is there any way to measure quinoa’s effect? I assume it is low on the glycemic index.

    Keep up the great work. I love your site!! Nancy

    • Thank you, Nancy! Yes, quinoa is low on the glycemic index and tends not to spike blood sugar like other grains. Although I’m not a nutritionist, my advice would be to limit your intake of grains in general – maybe sticking to one meal per day and focusing the others around fresh veggies, lean proteins and low-glycemic fruit.

      Hope that helps!! xo


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