Quinoa Granola (Gluten Free + Vegan)

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that’s packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

Despite my many years of making homemade granola, I never get sick of it. Neither the process of making the granola, nor the product churned out of my kitchen ever gets old or tired.

The now-ritualistic process soothes me – measuring out the nuts and grains, adding a whole ton of warm spices, deciding which sweeteners to use and which add-ins I feel like that week. Of course, I definitely don’t get sick of the incredible smell that fills my apartment while it’s baking slowly in the oven.

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

Back in college, I would always make my granola early on weekend mornings, before my housemates had rolled out of bed. Slowly but surely, they’d trail into the kitchen, wondering what smelled SO good. They were always a little sad to see it was my granola – one of the few things I made that I hoarded for myself. I’d share handfuls with them when it was fresh from the oven, but then it went into my granola container and was all mine. 

As I reintroduce grains following my Whole30, I’ve been wanting to incorporate more whole grains into my diet beyond the usual rolled oats and rice. I tend to be a creature of habit, so I thought adding a big dose of quinoa to my granola would be a delicious way to get more whole grains in a snack I already adore.

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

While I do enjoy cooked quinoa, it’s not my favorite grain to eat plain as a side dish – here in this granola though, it bakes up into little crunchy bites that cluster together with the oats in the most delicious way. Quinoa is packed with protein too, so it helps make this granola ultra filling.

I used Bob’s Red Mill’s Organic Quinoa, because I always love and trust the high quality of their ingredients. This quinoa, packed with protein and iron, is certainly no exception. You could use their tricolor quinoa for a burst of color, too!

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

I wasn’t sure exactly what the quinoa would taste like when baked, since it’s mixed into the granola mixture raw, but the flavor is super similar to the oats once baked – it’s just a little bit nuttier. The texture is crunchy, but definitely not too hard. It just works, especially paired with the nuts and chia seeds.

I opted for almonds and pecans cause they’re my favorites, but you can adapt this recipe to include your favorite nuts instead. For flavors, I kept it simple and just used cinnamon and sea salt. The warmth of the cinnamon shines, and pairs beautifully with the pure maple syrup that’s used to lightly sweeten and bind the granola.

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

For some added texture, I tossed in a big handful of dried cranberries at the end. You can go with raisins, dried blueberries, or any other dried fruit your heart desires, or skip it if you don’t like dried fruit in your granola. I love how endlessly customizable granola is! Just adjust it to suit your tastes.

I’m definitely going to be adding quinoa to a bunch of my future granola batches – I can always use an extra powerhouse ingredient in my breakfast! Have you tried quinoa in your granola yet? If not, ready to give it a shot?! Enjoy :)

This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

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Quinoa Granola (Gluten Free + Vegan)
 
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Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (180g) Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup (170g) Bob's Red Mill Organic Quinoa, uncooked
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a baking sheet (or 2, if they're smaller) with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, uncooked quinoa, sliced almonds, pecans, and chia seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and kosher salt.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated. Spread the granola mixture into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet(s).
  5. Bake for 40 minutes to an hour, turning the pan halfway through and mixing gently to ensure it doesn't burn.
  6. Remove from the oven and press down slightly to help form clusters, and then let cool completely without disturbing to help the clumps form. Toss in the dried cranberries.
  7. Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for about a month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 156 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 16 Sugar: 5 Protein: 4

This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, one of my favorite brands to use in the kitchen! As always, all opinions are totally my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help me keep Bakerita going.

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This Quinoa Granola is a nutty, crunchy breakfast or snack option that's packed with whole grains and protein. This maple-sweetened granola is gluten-free and vegan, with cinnamon and dried cranberries for flavor! The quinoa bakes up into delicious clusters.

Comments

  1. I never get tired of making granola, either. The flavor combinations and ingredients are endless! Quinoa granola has been on my list to try for quite some time now, so I’m loving this version. Such a great way to introduce this grain. I would definitely be hoarding this ALL to myself, too!
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  2. I wouldn’t be sharing my granola with anyone either!! It’s just WAY too good to part with. ;) I looooove putting quinoa in my granola so I will definitely need to try this winner out!
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  3. I’ve been starring at your photos for quite a while now and I must say that they are sensational! And the quinoa granola sounds sensational. I’m a big sucker for healthy snacks you see and this REALLY hits the spot <3

  4. I never tire of homemade granola, either, and am right there with you – there’s something super therapeutic about preparing granola! Definitely digging the quinoa granola sitch – this looks like super fuel and definitely a tasty breakfast or snack!!
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  5. This looks so good – I love the idea of making my own granola.
    I will defiantly have to try making quinoa granola! x
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  6. Homemade granola is definitely one of my favorite things to back up also, so much better than store bought! I have thought of adding in quinoa for crunchiness and heartiness, I love it!
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  7. Lol, I LOVE that you hoard your granola! Girl, I don’t blame you! ;) I am loving this flavor of granola! As much as I adore quinoa, I would have never thought to use it in granola! You little genius you!! I bet this tastes fabulous! I love the dried cranberries and maple in here too! I am totally trying this over the weekend! Pinned! Cheers! <3
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  8. You had some very lucky college roommates! What a wonderful aroma to wake up to. I love quinoa in soups and often include it in cold and warm salads. How had adding it to granola never occurred to me? Such a great idea, Rachel!
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  9. Granola is my go-to breakfast/snack but I’ve never added quinoa to the batch – that’s brilliant! Can’t wait to try this :)

  10. I’ve been making granola for years, but it wasn’t until a few years ago I discovered quinoa could be added to it! And now, I loooove it! It adds such a nice texture and that protein is a bonus! And it does make the whole house smell amazing… I love how simple and versatile this recipe is, Rachel. Delicious work!
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  11. quinoa is seriously so good in granola! love it!!
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  12. Homemade granola just says home to me. I love this combination of flavors, and I will love the addition of quinoa!

  13. When do you add the chia seeds? The recipe sounds like a winner. Will be making me t soon, maybe tomorrow.

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