Continuing with my quinoa obsession this month, I tried this awesome granola recipe. I pieced together a couple recipes for crunchy granola and quinoa granola to use what I had on hand. I accidentally made a gigantic batch the first time, but have since figured out the correct proportions. This recipe makes a granola with a subtle sweetness, but can be increased by adding more honey.
You will need:
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and dried
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pepitas
1/2 cup shaved or shredded coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 mashed very-ripe banana
2 Tbs honey
1 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Start by rinsing the quinoa to remove the bitterness, then allowing to air dry or pat dry. You can use either red or white quinoa, or a combination. In a large bowl mix quinoa, oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and mix again.
In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients-- applesauce, mashed banana, honey, and vanilla extract. Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring to coat. Place the granola mix (do not add the dried fruit yet) on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Time may vary slightly due to humidity or the size of your pan.
The granola should be mostly dry, though maybe a tad sticky, when it comes out of the oven. Stir in the dried fruit, then allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. I'm not sure how long the granola will keep as we eat it pretty fast.
You can easily add more dried fruit, nuts or seeds to the granola recipe to make it your own. If you prefer not to use a mashed banana, just add a 1/4 c more applesauce to the wet ingredients. The second batch I made I added fresh orange juice and some orange peel in with the wet ingredients and it was so tasty!
What are your favorite granola flavor combinations? If you try out this recipe, I'd love to hear your results!