Quinoa Granola to the Rescue

by Heather

scratch and sniffOh, wait. You can’t. But you sure wish you could, right?

There’s some amazing smells coming out of the SoS kitchen right now. (And yes, I’m biased.)

What’s cooking? A new & improved batch of my vegan cinnamon rolls.


But they’re still in the oven & I’m hungry, so they’ll have to be “second breakfast”.

Instead? My faithful friend, oatmeal.

But not your grandma’s oatmeal- quinoa-fied oats!

quinoa oatmeal

The first time I tried quinoa I thought it was weird and disgusting. (I never said I had good taste in college.) I don’t know what I was thinking because that funny looking grain rocks.

Actually, it’s not really a grain, but it’s so much easier to say it is. (It’s the seed of a grain-like plant- what a mouthful.)


Whatever you call it, it’s got an awesome nutrition profile:

-High protein content (12-18%)

-Complete protein source (contains ALL the essential amino acids- unlike rice)

-Good source of fiber, magnesium, and iron.

– Bonus: it’s gluten-free, so most everyone can get take part in the quinoa party.


I love mixing some cooked quinoa straight into my bowl of oatmeal, but this morning I went the granola route:

quinoa granola

Quinoa Granola

1/4 c uncooked quinoa

1 T flax seed

1 T honey or molasses

1/2 t cinnamon


Mix together & spread a thin layer on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or so….don’t let it burn…burnt quinoa is gross…I’m guessing..;)

Let it cool, then break it up into little quinoa chunks,

Eat it plain, on yogurt, in cereal, or on top of oatmeal!

  quinoa oats

(Yes, there’s oatmeal under there…perhaps I added one or two other things before the quinoa granola was ready 😉 Walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, & chia seeds.)


I love quinoa granola because it’s so crunchy & doesn’t get soggy. I love regular oat granola too, but I’ve never made a batch I was particularly in love with.

Know a good granola recipe? Share it below!

And come back tomorrow for an even better breakfast recipe 😉

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 15, 2010 at 10:37 am
I'd never thought of making quinoa as granola on it's own. Great idea!! Is there an advantage to getting red quinoa over the traditional kind?
Heather September 15, 2010 at 11:22 am
It's prettier ;) But seriously- the red kind usually has more fiber, but can depend on the brand. I love the interest the color adds though ;)
Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 15, 2010 at 10:53 am
I love quinoa, but I’ve never tried it for breakfast. I love it savory, though, so I’m sure it’s even better sweet.
Alex @ I Eat Asphalt September 15, 2010 at 11:37 am
I love quinoa. I've even eaten it oat style in the AM. It's really good if you cook it with a bit of fruit juice or coconut milk.
Kristina @ spabettie September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am
Quinoa is my FAVORITE !! and I always have "second breakfast" :) :) I wish I could have one of those cinnamon rolls for mine...
mindy September 15, 2010 at 11:56 am
I am definitely trying that recipe ASAP!!
Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm
When I create my granola recipe I'll let you know! I've been wanting to make some so badly and just haven't gotten around to it yet! Your quinoa looks great!
Estela @ Weekly Bite September 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I'm so intrigued by quinoa granola! I need to make some soon!
Erin September 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm
This looks awesome and so easy! I'm going to make a batch tonight. :)
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm
This looks so easy and delicious!!!
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm
I'm working on a product development project for my Science of Food class that uses quinoa - interesting to know it's not really a grain, but rather related to leafy greens! Ahh, I love making granola. Best smell EVER.
Heather September 16, 2010 at 9:43 am
Isn't that strange?! Haha. Have you Googled a picture of what the plant looks like? It's pretty ;)
Nichole September 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm
OK I'm going to have to try this! I love quinoa:) I am not brave enough to make my own, so I salute you!
Briana September 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm
mmmmm, i'm more of a sweet breakfast quinoa conisseur (sp?) than a veggie one. thanks for sharing the recipe ! :)
Lisa September 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm
oooh I must try this!
Ellen@FirednFabulous September 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm
I never would have thought of this combo! I rarely eat quinoa, but I need to more often...great nutritional benefits.
KaraHadley September 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm
I have been adding quinoa to my oats for a few weeks now and love it! I like creamy oats, so the added bite of the quinoa makes breakfast so much fun to eat.

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