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The Best Quinoa Granola
A delicious breakfast for any day

The Best Quinoa Granola

This Quinoa Granola recipe is quick and incredibly delicious. A healthy breakfast filled with nuts, oats, and naturally sweetened.

The Best Quinoa Granola
This granola is simply the best. I know that could stretch too far, but this is the best granola we have ever made to us. It’s naturally sweetened with agave syrup and filled with delicious ingredients like old-fashioned oats, toasted hazelnuts, puffed quinoa, cacao, and coconut oil. This batch usually lasts us a week, and I typically make it over the weekend. Even though I am a busy mom of a toddler, I manage to make this recipe, thanks to its quick preparation. It’s worth making it at home, as it does not compare with the store-bought option - it’s so much better.

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

The Best Quinoa Granola

The Best Quinoa Granola

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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Lets get cooking!

  • makes
    700g ( 1 1/2 pound)
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  • preparation

    Preheat the oven to 190 °C / 375 °F. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Chop the nuts.

  • segrejemo

    Add agave syrup and coconut oil to a saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook for a minute or until the mixture is warm and the coconut oil is melted. Remove from the heat.

  • combine the ingredients and bake

    In a large bowl, stir to combine the oats, puffed quinoa, chopped nuts, cacao powder, cinnamon powder, salt, and agave mixture. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 190 °C / 375 °F or until the granola is golden-brown and crispy. Stir the granola once or twice while baking.

  • add the chocolate and store

    Remove the baked quinoa granola from the heat and leave it to cool completely. Stir in the chocolate chips or chopped chocolate. Keep in an airtight container for up to 14 days.


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