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.
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
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
- 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.