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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 :)
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Quinoa Granola (Gluten Free + Vegan)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 6 cups 1x
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a baking sheet (or 2, if they’re smaller) with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, uncooked quinoa, sliced almonds, pecans, and chia seeds.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and kosher salt.
- 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).
- Bake for 40 minutes to an hour, turning the pan halfway through and mixing gently to ensure it doesn’t burn.
- 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.
- Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for about a month.
- Calories: 156
- Sugar: 5
- Fat: 9
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Protein: 4
Keywords: quinoa, granola, gluten-free, vegan
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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!
Thank you Gayle – I’m so glad I finally made quinoa granola! It really adds a little something something :)
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!
You do, you do! Thanks so much Sarah.
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
You’re too kind! Thanks so much for your sweet words, I really appreciate it.
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!!
It most certainly is – thank you so very much Julia!
This looks so good – I love the idea of making my own granola.
I will defiantly have to try making quinoa granola! x
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!
You’ve got to throw some quinoa in next time you make it, Beth! So good. Thanks girl.
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
It’s SO good Cheyanne – wish I could give you a baggie full! Thanks so much for the love.
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!
Thanks so much Marissa!
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 :)
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!
quinoa is seriously so good in granola! love it!!
Homemade granola just says home to me. I love this combination of flavors, and I will love the addition of quinoa!
When do you add the chia seeds? The recipe sounds like a winner. Will be making me t soon, maybe tomorrow.
Hi Pam, the chia seeds are added with the other dry ingredients. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Hello! I can’t wait to make this s granola as I just bought a package of something similar for over $10 and I would rather have homemade. Your recipe includes 2 cups of rolled oats and I am allergic to oats (gluten free or otherwise). Do you have a substitute I could try instead?
Thanks for baking!
You can sub with sliced almonds, flaked coconut, and/or any other nuts or seeds that you like! I just find those two have the most similar texture to oats :)
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try. How large is a serving size for the nutrition facts listed? I see the recipe yields six cups total, but am unsure how many total servings that is.
Hi Sarah, depends on how much granola you use! Generally, a serving of granola is 1/4 or 1/3 cup, so that would be either 24 servings or 18 servings.
Can you make this recipe with already cooked quinoa? Thanks!
I haven’t tried it so can’t know for sure, it would probably work though…just make sure it’s not too moist or it will add too much moisture to the recipe :)
Hello! Can you make this with quinoa that is already cooked? Thanks!
It should work but haven’t tried it so can’t make any guarantees!