Quite often in the evening I get hungry and need a snack before bed. This is a-ok in my book! My go to snack is usually a mug full of cereal, but low and behold we were out of milk last night. Plus I wanted something crunchy…
After racking my brain (which is difficult to do when I’m both tired & hungry), I decided I wanted granola. But alas, a small spark of creativity came out of nowhere, and I decided I’d make quinoa granola! Then I’d have an awesome oat topper in the morning.
So that’s exactly what I did:
1/4 c uncooked quinoa
1 T flax seed
1 T sweetener (agave, honey, molasses, maple syrup)
1/2 t cinnamon
Mix it all together and spread thinly on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or so. Let it cool for a bit, then break it up into little quinoa chunks.
I used agave & molasses, but only because my honey was MIA. Of course I found it 5 minutes after the granola was done.
I was a little hesitant about what I’d just made with the first bite, but then I took another…and another… it’s good, just different! A little nuttier and a little crunchier than traditional granola. Next experiment will be oats and quinoa together!
What’s the deal with quinoa anyways?
Quinoa (keen-wah)- although it looks like (and is used like) a grain, it’s actually the seeds of a grain-like plant. It’s gained popularity recently for it’s stellar nutrition profile:
-High protein content (12-18%)
-Complete protein source (all essential amino acids- unlike rice)
-Good source of fiber, magnesium, and iron.
Quinoa comes in red & white varieties- they seem pretty similar, but the red quinoa I was looking at had twice the fiber of the white, so I went for it.
It’s usually cooked like rice or other grains- or you can make granola And then you have another oatmeal topper to choose from!
I’m the loving the morning sun we’ve had the past few days, so I took my coffee outside to enjoy it.
My oats this morning included pumpkin & cottage cheese, topped with sunflower seeds, Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax, and a bit of my new quinoa granola. And PB.
So many good flavors going on in this bowl
I love eating breakfast in the sunshine!
Have you tried quinoa? What’s your favorite grain?