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Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola made with a blend of oats and quinoa flakes, nuts and seeds, and sweetened with maple syrup {gluten-free} || simplyquinoa.com

You guys…this granola. I’ve made it a hundred million times and can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share it with you.

It started as one of those recipes where I just threw everything into the bowl, never really measuring, and it turned out to be my favorite granola I'd ever made. And of course I didn't measure, so the next hundred batches revolved around me adding different nuts and seeds, changing up my sweeteners, trying different oils and flavoring it with different spices, until I was able to recreate that first, mind-altering recipe.

And finally….I've got it. This is THE ONE.

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Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola made with a blend of oats and quinoa flakes, nuts and seeds, and sweetened with maple syrup

And by the one, I sincerely mean this vegan coconut oil quinoa granola is pretty much the only recipe that ever graces my shelves. That’s saying a lot, because I really, really love granola.

Yeah. It’s that good.

It’s an addictingly delicious blend of oats + quinoa flakes, cereals, pecans, pumpkin seeds and dates, coated with coconut oil + maple syrup + cinnamon + vanilla and just the teeniest amount of nut butter. Crunchy little clusters of heaven; each bite full of rustic and comforting charm.

Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola || Start your day off write with a nutritious breakfast filled with fiber, protein and healthy fats || simplyquinoa.com

Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola || Start your day off write with a nutritious breakfast filled with fiber, protein and healthy fats || simplyquinoa.com

There are a few secrets that make this granola super spectacular.

  1. Rather than chopping the dates, which you know can be quite the task, I whirl them up in my food processor with some of the oats. It helps break them down without all the sticky mess. And the result? Perfect bites of soft, chewy dates, mixed with ground oats which help to create those little wonderful little clusters.
  2. I added crispy brown rice cereal and puffed millet to the mix. This little, and in my opinion totally overlooked, addition to the granola makes it super crispy, but also helps lighten things up. I find that some granola recipes can weigh you down, especially in the morning, so with these airy additions, the granola starts to take the shape of a cereal. Which yes, means you can eat an entire bowl and feel amazing. And no, I’m not speaking from experience…(ahem)
  3. The oat and quinoa flake medley might just be my favorite part of this whole recipe. You already know about my obsession with quinoa flakes, in particular as part of my morning meal, but they transform this granola it's a nutritious powerhouse. Unlike most granolas, that are high-fat, high-sugar, the quinoa flakes give it that extra punch by bringing more protein, vitamins and minerals to the table.

I feel like I could keep going with this, but we'll stop at my top 3. The rest? You'll quickly discover when you make a batch for yourself 🙂

Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola || perfectly sweet, filled with quinoa, oats and pecans and a faint hint of coconut || simplyquinoa.com

Now a ton of you ask me about quinoa flakes – what they are, where I find them, how I use them, etc. – and my answers never waiver. I like to think of quinoa flakes as the oatmeal version of quinoa. They're made with the whole quinoa seeds that are then run through a grain flaker which turns them into these fabulous little flakes. I *think* this is something that can be done at home, but I haven't tried and nor do I think I ever will. Why? Because of the next question…where I find them.

I get all my quinoa flakes from Ancient Harvest – I love the brand, love their company values and LOVE their products. You can find them in almost any natural food store – like Whole Foods or you local natural grocer – and I promise, they'll quickly become a staple in your pantry. Which brings us the to final question…how do I use them.

Aside from making this cozy quinoa granola, I use quinoa flakes in pretty much everything. From my hot cereals in the morning, to pancakes and waffles, to muffins, granola bars, and even as a healthy gluten-free breading. They're versatile and delicious!

Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola || perfectly sweet, filled with quinoa, oats and pecans and a faint hint of coconut || simplyquinoa.com

And so my granola-loving friends, grab a spoon and cozy up to a bowl of this coconut oil goodness with me. It's our favorite recipe, as evidence by how many batches I've made in the past year, and I think it will become a favorite of yours too!

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Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola

It’s an addictingly delicious blend of oats + quinoa flakes, cereals, pecans, pumpkin seeds and dates, coated with coconut oil + maple syrup + cinnamon + vanilla and just the teeniest amount of nut butter. 

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut oil, granola, vegan granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 Cups
Calories 349 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oats divided
  • 1 cup Ancient Harvest quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup puffed millet cereal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or nuts of choice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or seeds of choice
  • 8 - 10 dates
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons creamy nut butter anything will work
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add 2 cups oats, quinoa flakes, cereals, nuts and seeds to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Remove pits from dates and add them to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 8 - 10 times to break them apart, then add remaining 1 cup of oats and process until oats are ground and dates are cut into even pieces, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add date-oat mixture to the bowl, followed by cinnamon, vanilla (unless you're using extract) and salt. Toss to combine.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil, syrup, nut butter and water together. If you're using vanilla extract, add that to the pan as well. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix until everything is evenly coated. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring the granola around a few times so as not to burn it.
  7. Once golden brown, remove from oven and let cool completely before storing.
  8. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Coconut Oil Quinoa Granola
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Potassium 256mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 18.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. You put in maple syrup – and have no sugar – 0 g, listed in your nutrition facts. Where did the sugar from the maple syrup go?

  2. Made this today and the kitchen smelled AMAZING! Didn’t have the rice cereal so I just added extra other stuff. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  3. I seriously cannot get enough of your wholesome breakfast recipes Alyssa! Love homemade granola, too.

  4. This looks so healthy and good. I have yet to try a granola with quinoa in it yet, but I need to ASAP. Also the quinoa flakes – haven’t had those either yet but it’s a must try!

  5. I love making my own granola! What a great idea to use quinoa in yours. I am definitely trying that out!

  6. This looks fantastic and I always love having granola on hand to top frozen yogurt, cereal, or even just a handful to make it through an afternoon.

  7. I am looking forward to making this for my family!!
    They are a diverse bunch of picky eaters but with some gf peanut butter, I think they will be sold on a new ‘cereal’ . I also think I will add a cup of gf brown rice, Rice Krispies! Mmmmmm

  8. I’m posting a granola recipe this week 😉 Granola is just so fabulous! You can make it any way and will ALL the great things! I adore adding quinoa flakes to granola! The taste is so good!

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