S.W. Recipe: Rachel’s 9-Ingredient Quinoa Granola

Several weekends ago, I woke up with a very specific hankering for kinda-savory-but-slightly sweet granola. Since I didn’t have said granola on hand in my apartment, I dragged my sleepy bum to the overpriced supermarket near my apartment. After perusing the various available options, I realized that I couldn’t find a healthy granola for under $11. In an attempt to be both frugal and resourceful, I abandoned my granola mission and headed home.

 

But I didn’t give up there. Upon returning to my apartment, I opened up my browser and Googled, “healthy, easy granola recipes.” An extensive search of the inter-webs ensued and I determined that I would – and could – make my own.

 

Luckily for me, I’m kind of an ingredient hoarder, so I had all of the necessary elements already sitting in my pantry to make the Minimalist Baker’s 7 Ingredient Quinoa Granola. I adapted this recipe so it’s no longer 7 ingredients (it’s 9), and I’m proud to report that it’s delicious and very easy to make. It also happens to be nutritious (loaded in protein and healthy fat and not too sweet) and quite versatile: Snack on it raw, use as a cereal, or plop some onto a yogurt – you choose!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp date syrup
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

 

Method

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix to combine. In a pot, add coconut oil, date syrup and maple syrup, and heat for a couple of minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. Pour the heated oil/syrup mixture over the dry ingredients, and mix until ingredients are coated. Pour mixture onto baking sheet, and spread into a thin, even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, stir the granola, and bake for 5-10 minutes (or until the granola is fragrant and golden brown). [Disclaimer: not all ovens are created equal! Be sure to pay attention to the color/scent of the granola: I burned the first mixture accidentally!] Granola will last for up to 2 weeks when stored at room temperature.

 

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