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September 11, 2018

by Alyssa Rimmer

Maple, Cinnamon & Apple Quinoa Granola

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This quinoa granola is made with a blend of oats and quinoa flakes, sweetened with maple and applesauce. It's crunchy, it's nutty and it's perfect for fall!

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Now that the weather has turned, it's time to whip out all the fall baking things. Pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, chai. All my favorites that make this time of year so cozy and inviting.

To kick the season off right, we're making one of my all-time favorite fall treats:

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Granola!

It's packed with flavor, is a cinch to make, has that perfect crunchy texture and nutty finish, AND it's the sweetness of maple syrup. Basically, all your fall dreams coming true in one batch of healthy granola!

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The Art of Homemade Granola

While we can't necessarily consider granola a meal per se, it's definitely one of those things that can help turn a boring old breakfast into something magical.

What I love about making granola at home is that it's so much easier to make it healthy. I'm constantly surprised looking at the nutrition facts of store-bought granola – they're loaded with sugar, often use unhealthy oils AND the sweetener is almost always cane-sugar.

My view is…granola is one of the simplest things to make, so why waste money and calories on ones that just aren't good for us? We can just as easily enjoy a bowl of nutritious, homemade granola in the morning that is not only good for us, but also tastes delicious.

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How to Make Healthy Granola

The standard granola recipe starts with oats, then has some add-ins (like nuts), some oil and some sweetener. I use a similar “formula” but when I make granola, I like to make a few swaps to make it even healthier.

1. Quinoa flakes. In addition to the oats, I loving stirring quinoa flakes into my granola recipes. For starters, you get more protein and fiber per serving, but it's also adding a really nice texture and lightness that you don't get from just standard oats.

2. Nuts & seeds. I always add some form of nut or seed. The reason for that is getting in some healthy fats which makes the granola more filling, helps keep us satisfied for longer AND helps balance our blood sugar.

3. Less oil. I have figured out that you really don't need all that oil in granola. My rule of thumb is about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of oil per granola recipe. What I do to compensate for that is either add fruit puree (like applesauce or pumpkin), using nut butter and/or adding in a touch of water. You still get the same result, just a bit healthier.

4. Natural sugars. And finally, I'm all about the natural sweeteners. I will either use maple syrup or honey and often times will also use fruit to get both added flavor and sweetness. We're using applesauce here, but you can also use banana, pear butter, etc.

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Perfect Cinnamon Quinoa Granola

Since it's that time of year, we're keeping things plain and simple with our autumn flavors.

We've got two forms of apple – applesauce and dried apples – as well as maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. The result is a healthy quinoa granola that is flavorful, but also cozy and perfect for a chilly fall morning.

Just yesterday I sprinkled some on top of a stack of pumpkin pancakes and oh my gosh it was heavenly!

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Maple, Cinnamon & Apple Quinoa Granola

The ultimate granola for fall! With warm, cozy spices, a subtle sweetness from apple and maple, and crunchy nuts for texture.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 209kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, except for the apples.
  • 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.
  • Spoon the contents of the mixing bowl onto a baking sheet. Bake the granola 20 - 30 minutes until the granola has browned. Make sure to stir it around every 10 minutes, to avoid burning it.
  • When the granola has finished baking, stir in the chopped apples.*
  • Cool fully before adding placing in an airtight container. Serve with your choice of milks, yogurts or use as a topping!

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Notes

Nutritional value based on 1 cup

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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    • Not in the same way! The regular ones will get soft and mushy when they cook. Your best bet would be to use applesauce in the wet ingredients!

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  3. Hi Alyssa, I have a question using coconut oil. It seems that there are a lot of opinions if healthy or not so healthy. High saturated fat content is one of them. Thinking high Cholesterin etc. What is your thoughts? Thanks for your input. Your recipes sound very good and I want to take them up in my meal plan. Thanks, Inka

    • Hi Inka! I’m personally not worried about coconut. Coconut is a health food and as long as I’m buying high quality, organic products, I’m fine with it 🙂 I use coconut in my matcha every single morning!

  4. Hello I will love to make this recipe it looks delicious. Is the quinoa flakes different from the quinoa you cook with water?

  5. Love this granola!! I can’t find the link that explains how to make this extra crunchy. Could you provide that link for me? Thank you.

    • My suggestion is to leave in the oven, with the oven turned off and the door propped open for 1 – 2 hours. It also dries it out!

  6. Just made this yummy! I didn’t have dried apple so used cranberries instead. It tastes like fall which is my favorite time of year. Thanks for recipe.

  7. Recipe notes says “nutritional value based on one cup, but then the Nutrition Facts box shows “amount per serving” is 0.25 cups …? Are there 209 calories in 1 cup or in .25 cups?

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  9. […] Creamy – greek yogurt with unsweetened oat granola or quinoa granola, 2% cottage cheese with pineapple, a medium non-fat latte (skip the sugar-free syrup […]

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

  11. 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!

    • 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

  12. 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!

    • 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!

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