Two Peas and Their Pod

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

On Saturday morning Josh woke up early to play basketball with some of his neighborhood buddies. Caleb was sound asleep so I hopped on our elliptical downstairs. Caleb was still sleeping when I finished my workout, so I took advantage of the quiet house. I made a cup of tea and was going to enjoy a yogurt with granola, but our granola jar was empty. Boo!

So instead of sitting down to a peaceful breakfast, I made a batch of Crunchy Quinoa Granola. I love making homemade granola, so I wasn’t too disappointed we were out. I love starting my day in the kitchen.

I am obsessed with homemade granola and love creating new recipes. A few of my favorites include: Coconut Granola, Apple Cinnamon Granola, and Pumpkin Granola. I have been on a quinoa kick lately. Ok, the kick has lasted over a year now, I never get tired of quinoa. I decided to create a quinoa granola and I am so glad I did. This Crunchy Quinoa Granola is definitely a new favorite.

You don’t have to cook the quinoa for this granola recipe, just rinse it under cold water and drain it really well. I combined the quinoa with oats, almonds, pepitas, shaved coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, I whisked together applesauce, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. I mixed everything together in one big bowl and spread the granola onto a large baking sheet.

I put the pan in the oven, set the timer, and heard Caleb talking in his room. I went and scooped Caleb out of his crib and fed him breakfast while my breakfast was baking.

When the granola was done baking, I tossed in dried cranberries and raisins. I let the granola cool for a few minutes and then filled my bowl. I was ready to eat. I enjoyed my granola with Chobani plain yogurt. It was SO good. I don’t know why I’ve waited this long to make quinoa granola. I love how crunchy it is!

And when Josh got home he was excited because the house smelled so good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t share my granola with him because he is allergic to nuts. Oops! I don’t feel too bad though because he stopped at the store and bought a doughnut. The perfect post workout breakfast? I don’t think so! My Crunchy Quinoa Granola is though! It is loaded with protein, fiber, and healthy fats!

I snacked on Crunchy Quinoa Granola all weekend long. I already need to make another batch. It is great with yogurt, a splash of cold milk, or eaten by the handful. Enjoy!

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

Yield: About 6 cups granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

This healthy granola recipe is easy to make and the quinoa adds a nice crunch!


3/4 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup shaved coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup natural applesauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins


1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain well. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, oats, almonds, pepitas, shaved coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread into an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

4. Stir in the dried cranberries and raisins. Let granola cool completely. Store in an air-tight container for up to one month.

Note-to make the granola gluten-free, use gluten-free oats. To make the granola vegan, use agave instead of honey.

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105 Responses to “Crunchy Quinoa Granola”

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  1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 7, 2013 @ 3:11 am

    I still haven’t tried quinoa. I have some in the kitchen, but I’m a bit… scared of it. But this way sounds better than cooking it. Crunchy quinoa sounds much pleasant than soft or soggy or however it comes out cooked. :)

    The granola looks great! I’m on a granola kick at the moment but have to admit that I prefer the boxed kind with all the sugar. I love how this version uses apple sauce!

  2. Jessica — January 7, 2013 @ 3:22 am

    Yum! I’ve never thought to put quinoa in my granola, but I love the idea. Sounds delightfully crunchy, but it’s not overly crunchy without being cooked?

  3. Heather @ Heater's Dish — January 7, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    I love the idea of quinoa in granola – any extra crunch I can get, the better!

  4. megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 7, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    I never thought of putting quinoa in granola, but it’s a wonderful idea!

  5. Erica — January 7, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Looks fantastic! I actually have “make more granola” noted on my schedule on Tuesday ;). I haven’t ever added quinoa, but I like the idea. Nom nom

  6. Nancy — January 7, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    I love to make granola, too. My last batch didn’t taste like anything, though. Don’t know what was wrong, although, I haven’t made too many batches either!

  7. What a great idea! I never thought of using quinoa in granola! I love it!!!

  8. The Hungry Housewife — January 7, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    Ohhh I love when the house is quiet!!!! But eating this granola in a quiet house would be even better!

  9. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — January 7, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    I saw a recipe for quinoa granola the other day and wasn’t quite sure, but you’ve convinced me. This looks utterly fabulous. I like the idea of incorporating both rolled oats and the quinoa. Must Make List, updated. :)

  10. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 7, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    You sound like me – whenever my little guy sleeps late I run around doing as much as possible before he wakes! Sounds like you were very smart with this extra time – looks delish. :)

  11. Julie @ Table for Two — January 7, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    This looks so healthy and absolutely delicious! A big bowl of this for breakfast with some greek yogurt would certainly make my day :)

  12. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 7, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    What a great granola recipe, Maria! So healthy and filling. Love it!

  13. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 7, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    What a perfect, healthy breakfast! I love when it’s crunchy too, so can’t wait to try this!

  14. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 7, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Maria, what a GREAT idea! Extra protein in the granola is always a good thing.

  15. Nancy P. — January 7, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I am so into making granola right now. Quinoa seems to be popular right now, though I have no idea what it even is but it looks yum?

  16. tina @ mylifeasamrs — January 7, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    YUM! I was JUST telling the hubs I wanted to make some homemade granola! Love that you added Quinoa!!

  17. Joanie @ Zagleft — January 7, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    What a clever idea! I love homemade granola too and yours looks delicious!

  18. carrian — January 7, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I’m all about crunchy granola and yogurt for breakfast. Probably my favorite breakfast in fact.

  19. Louise — January 7, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Do you know how many carbs in one portion?
    Thank you!

  20. Amanda — January 7, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Looks so good Maria!!

  21. Gaby — January 7, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I’ve never tried quinoa in my granola!! excited to give it a go!

  22. HeatherChristo — January 7, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    This looks so good Maria! I love how crunchy and pretty it is!

  23. Brooke — January 7, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I have always loved quinoa in granola. I have a question, though-please. I live in BFE and am unable to get shaved coconut (I always use shredded in my granola). Even our local co-op does not sell it. Do you buy a coconut in the produce area and shave it yourself, or do you buy it already shaved? I know this sounds like a dorky question, but would love to know how you get it. Thanks!!!!!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      I buy it already shaved. Most stores sell it!

  24. I’m always looking for a fun new granola to try. Love the quinoa addition. :)

  25. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — January 7, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Never thought to put quinoa with granola but I love it!!

  26. Jenny Flake — January 7, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Loving this Maria!! Wish I had some to snack on right now :)

  27. Sandy @ RE — January 7, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    Wow, Maria, this sounds fantastic! Happy Monday, friend!

  28. Genevieve — January 7, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    I love your granola recipes! my favorite is the maple almond one!

  29. Mmmm…looks delish. I plan on making my first quinoa recipe tonight!

  30. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — January 7, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I seriously love homemade granola, and this one looks so good! I’ve never put quinoa in my granola before, I can’t wait to try it!

  31. Stephanie — January 7, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks delicious! I have always wanted to make Granola but keep putting it off. I think I will try this recipe this week!

  32. Randi Gold — January 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    This recipe sounds so good, but i wonder what the nutritional values are for it?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

      I am not sure on the nutritional information. Sorry!

  33. naomi — January 7, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    This looks so healthy and good, Maria! Ilove all the flavors in there.

  34. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 7, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    I love homemade granola, especially those that contain almonds and coconut. . .love this!

  35. Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 7, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    Dangit, woman. This is rad!

  36. I never thought to add Quinoa to granola, what a great idea!

  37. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 7, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    love this Maria!

  38. Vijay — January 7, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    This is a serious eureka moment!

  39. Marla Meridith — January 7, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    Such a nice granola ~ love the addition of quinoa!

  40. Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 7, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Love the quinoa and the big bits of nuts!

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