Crunchy Quinoa Granola


Crunchy Quinoa Granola is audibly crunchy, and lower in fat and sugar than store-bought granola!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! I hope you rang in 2014 in delicious style. Ben cooked us an epic meal of surf and turf to pair with a bottle of champagne, then we celebrated quietly so as to not wake the baby. Do whatever you want in my house but DO NOT WAKE THE BABY!


Anyway, I am so excited for 2014. Like beyond, and I’m not even sure why. I just have a feeling it’s going to be a great year. I can’t wait to see Lincoln start crawling then walking, hearing him say Mama (which I repeat approximately 4,000 times a day) and see where life takes Ben and me in general.

I’m not a big new years resolution gal – they’re great in theory, but never seem to last. That being said, I do have some goals (actually, are they different?!) that I’d like to work towards, including eating 3 balanced meals a day. That and drinking more smoothies/juicing again. I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead a few nights ago and was so inspired!

Anyway, as a food blogger I’m usually cooking at odd times throughout the day, eating nibbles and nips of this and that along the way. Usually by the time dinner rolls around I’m not even that hungry.

I think it all starts with a good breakfast, which is where Crunchy Quinoa Granola comes in. I mean, think about it, what would you be more pumped to eat in the morning – a bowl of cereal, or a Crunchy Quinoa Granola Parfait, which pretty much takes the same amount of time to prepare?!

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Crunchy Quinoa Granola is a healthy twist on the classic breakfast or snack recipe. Old fashioned oats, quinoa, flax seeds, sliced almonds, and raisins join a small amount of honey and coconut oil to create an audibly crunchy granola that will help you start any day off right.

This granola is AWESOME. By far the best I’ve ever made at home, and ridiculously easy to make. Get ready to raid the bulk bins at your grocery store to get the ingredients for this incredible granola, and kick 2014 off in delicious, healthy style!

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Start with 2 cups gluten-free or regular old fashioned oats (not quick-cooking or instant oats,) and 1/2 cup rinsed uncooked quinoa. The quinoa is what gives this granola a punch of protein, fiber, and overall awesomeness, plus it gives the granola a fabulous, crispy-crunch. Since you’re rinsing the uncooked quinoa it will still be wet. Don’t worry, it’s fine!


Next add 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 2 Tablespoons flax seeds, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. 


Finally, add 1/4 cup honey and 2 Tablespoons coconut oil that’s been melted. If you don’t have coconut oil I’d use vegetable oil. I tried making this granola without the fat, just to see what would happen, and it ended up very dry and “dusty” tasting. The small amount of sugar and fat in this granola is WAY less than you’ll find in store-bought, yet it’s still absolutely delicious. Trust me, you won’t miss the extra calories a bit.


Mix everything together then spread on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees, stirring halfway through, or until the granola is light golden brown. Watch it closely at the end to make sure it’s not getting too dark brown, which will make the granola taste burnt.

Psst! The granola will not be crunchy right out of the oven – it’s crisps as it cools!


Once the granola is completely cool, stir in 1 cup raisins. Granola is pretty much the only place where raisins have any business being. Trail mix? Blech. Cookies? NEVER. Granola? Absolutely!


Store the granola in an airtight container or enjoy straight away. My favorite is sprinkling it over Greek yogurt and freshly sliced bananas. Pure breakfast bliss, baby!

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Crunchy Quinoa Granola

makes 4 cups


Crunchy Quinoa Granola is audibly crunchy, and lower in fat and sugar than store-bought granola!


  • 2 cups gluten-free or regular old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees then line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients except raisins in a large bowl then stir to combine. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet then bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until golden brown. TIP: watch closely at the end to make sure granola does not get too dark. Granola will not be crunchy right out of the oven. Stir in raisins when granola is cool then store in an airtight container.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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This recipe makes about 4 cups of granola and I can’t think of a better way to help your friends and family start the new year off right than by gifting them a mason jar of the stuff. You’ll have a ton, so share the love, and enjoy! Happy New Year, everyone!

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  1. This granola looks ah-may-zing! My hubby LOVES granola and I am just getting him on board the quinoa train, so this looks perfect for us! I love how simple and easy it is…plus, I just discovered a new bulk foods store here in Florida…you know I’ll be hittin’ that up! Pinned! Happy New Year! :)

  2. I haven’t made granola in forever. I do love it. I cannot wait to try it with quinoa. It would be a first for me. It looks great here. Happy New Year!

  3. This looks like the perfect recipe to ring in the New Year! :) Happy 2014.

  4. Katie 01.01.2014

    Do I need to cook the quinoa before I mix it with everything? Or add it in uncooked?

  5. YUM! Looks great! i love quinoa so what a fun addition to the granola!

  6. Abi@AbsofSteel 01.01.2014

    I’m making new year’s goals this year instead of resolutions too. Resolutions somehow make me feel like I’m trying to make up for the past year, I actually had a pretty good past year so it’s goals for me! That granola looks great, I’ll definitely try it out once I get my hands on some quinoa.

  7. Becky 01.01.2014

    Have you ever tried applesauce in place of the fat in granola? I have a recipe that uses applesauce instead and it works great…it gets nice and crispy. There’s more sugar in my rexipe so I’m not sure about the ratios, but it might be worth a shot!

    That being said, I can’t wait to try this! The quinoa sounds like an awesome addition!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.07.2014

      I usually do in baking, but not in this recipe. I’ll have to try that next!

  8. Chris H. 01.01.2014

    I have still not tried quinoa (I know, I know), but have a 2014 goal to finally give it a whirl. Can’t wait to go get these ingredients & start mixing this granola with my Greek yogurt every morning!

  9. New Year’s Day is only a few of my yearly designated “do over” days. Day light savings is another (both of them) along with Mondays and Fridays or any day for that matter ;) Sometimes you kind of suck at life and need a get out of jail free card! This granola would be a great way to start fresh no matter what time of year!

  10. Debtgirl 01.01.2014

    Happy New Year! We stayed home for dinner then went to the lake and lit wish lanterns! It was so fun! Will post about it later today, still waking up on the west coast! Looking forward to 2014!

  11. C. 01.01.2014

    Funny, I have been thinking of trying a granola recipe for the first time and I think this one wins! Looks delicious. Happy New Year!

  12. Homemade granola is totally my jam and this recipe looks awesome. I’m loving the quinoa addition. I will definitely give it a try in 2014! Happy New Year!

  13. Amber 01.01.2014

    What is the cool little gadget you used to measure the honey? Where did you get it?

  14. Lori @ RecipeGirl 01.01.2014

    This looks yummy! I love the addition of flax seed.

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  16. Tieghan 01.01.2014

    This is a great breakfast or snack! I lov quinoa granola!

  17. Jennifer 01.02.2014

    I love all your recipes and find my self forwarding to friends often! Though most if them look healthy, I was just curious if you ever do calories? Being that it is New Years I’d just like to knock off the holiday lbs! Nothing serious!! Thanks!!

  18. Debra 01.02.2014

    I am in LOVE with your granola bar recipe so I am trying this TODAY!!!! Thanks.

  19. i’m emailing this to myself as we speak. it looks like the perfect thing to keep on hand, and store-bought granola has become so unappealing to me for some reason. yay!

  20. I love granola and this recipe sounds great! It’s such a perfect option to have on hand for topping yogurt or smoothies in the morning.

  21. Claire 01.02.2014

    I have recently found a love for making granola. This looks great! Can’t wait to try.

  22. May 01.02.2014

    Oh blah. Yet another sponsored post from yet another typical food blog. It was fun while it lasted, I guess.

    • TrishR 01.03.2014


  23. LOVE the idea of loving quinoa to granola. It has to have the best texture!

  24. I think there’s a difference between resolutions and goals but that’s just me.
    I have yet to see that documentary but I’ve seen more than a few like it that have opened my eyes. If only everyone would sit down to watch one, I think we’d all be inspired to eat better and be more active. That said, this granola looks like a perfect start!

  25. This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to make my own granola, so I will definitely start with this one!

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  27. Anela 01.03.2014

    I was looking for a coconut oil recipe so i was so excited to see this as your newest post! I just made this yesterday and I did share a mason jar with a friend of mine. We’re both preggers so it is the perfect healthier treat. Thanks!

  28. Liz 01.03.2014

    We are having a snow day here in Maine. I took advantage of the extra day off and made this. Such a wonderful combination!

  29. Meredith 01.03.2014

    Made this today!!! SO GOOD!!!

  30. Trisha 01.03.2014

    Just pulled this out of the oven and I am beyond excited for breakfast tomorrow!

  31. Christina 01.06.2014

    Looks yummy. Is the quinoa cooked? I see others have asked this question as well. Thanks.

  32. Carissa 01.06.2014

    Hey Kristin,

    Hello from a Wisconsin neighbor! You mentioned a desire to drink more smoothies, so I thought I’d recommend my little smoothie recipe book that I put together recently. Here’s a link to my etsy shop where you can buy digital or printed copies:
    (sorry for the shameless promotion, but I thought it might be something you’d enjoy…)

    Warm wishes!

  33. Robyn 01.06.2014

    I was very excited to try this recipe, but realized that I was completely out of quinoa and my Azure Standard order won’t be here for another 10 days! I did have plenty of amaranth so I threw that in instead and it turned out great. I love the crunch it gave the granola. Now I can’t wait to try it with the quinoa. Thanks for the recipe!

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  36. Patty 01.07.2014

    The granola is in the oven now on this very cold and windy day. The house smells so good! I added some sunflower seeds as well since I had them. Also will be adding dried cranberries since that’s all I have on hand. So easy to make! :)

  37. Marisa 01.08.2014

    This is absolutely delicious! I have no shame in admitting that I put a shot glass in the storage container so I can go back for tastings throughout the day. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  39. Melissa 01.13.2014

    I made this granola and loved it. My husband also thought it was tasty.

  40. Dan 01.14.2014

    Do you have the nutrition info for this?

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  45. Aleks 01.23.2014

    Just took my first batch out of the oven, waited for it to cool, added raisins and now enjoying some with unsweetened almond milk. It is absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!! It is such a versatile recipe, like you said in another post, just add what you have in your pantry! So I did! Along with the original ingredients I added 1/2 C chopped pecans, 1/4 C chopped walnuts, 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, 1/4 C raw sunflower seeds, 1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds, and a dash more of cinnamon to accommodate the extra stuff I put in! Next time I think I will add shredded unsweetened coconut too! Thanks again!

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  49. Elle 04.24.2014

    Will be adding this granola to my recipe binder. I may add some more honey next time to make it sweeter. Thanks for the recipe!

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