Simple breakfast for a delicious start of the day
Everyone in our family who tried this granola loved it. It takes 30 minutes to make, but most importantly, it's incredibly delicious. These are the top reasons why we love it so much:
- the granola is perfectly baked, golden-brown, and crunchy
- the hazelnuts are deliciously toasted
- it's vegan and dairy-free
- not overly sweet
- a batch will last a family of four for about a week
- keeps well
- makes a beautiful homemade edible gift for Christmas and other holidays
Essential ingredients for homemade granola
Don't let words like puffed quinoa or agave syrup scare you. These ingredients are easily accessible, and they make this granola super delicious. Here are a few words about the ingredients and possible substitutes.
Agave syrup -it's a natural sweetener with a subtle, gentle flavor that doesn't make the granola overly sweet. A good substitute would be maple syrup or about 3 tbsp of brown sugar.
Coconut oil - adds a nice, gentle coconut note to the granola. Feel free to substitute with butter, but in that case, the granola won't keep as long.
Oats - use rolled or old-fashioned oats. Steel oats won't work in this recipe but feel free to use a mixture of different oats.
Puffed quinoa - creates a beautiful volume without the need to add additional ingredients or calories. Feel free to use puffed rice or puffed buckwheat, or puffed millet too.
Nuts - We love using a mixture of almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts. We always have a variety of those nuts at home. We made this granola using cashews, pecans, and brazil nuts; they are all delicious too.
Cacao - Always use unsweetened cacao powder for this recipe.
Cinnamon and salt - Cinnamons add that cozy, comforting flavor, while the salt brings out the best from the granola.
Chocolate - Dark chocolate chips are always our choice, but feel free to use milk chocolate chips or white chocolate. You can chop the chocolate instead of using chips too.
Make this quinoa granola your own
You can easily make this quinoa granola your own by adding a few other delicious additions. We love these:
- coconut chips
- sultanas or cranberries
- banana chips
- white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
- a teaspoon of vanilla paste before baking
- flaxseeds or pumpkin seeds
Keep this homemade granola in an airtight container, at room temperature, or in your pantry for up to 14 days.
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