i love granola. i put it on everything and would eat it for every meal if i could. it’s a problem, maybe. the point is, i’m always mixing it up, and trying different versions.but this time is special…this time it’s worth blogging about. this granola is the perfect salty/(not too)sweet blend, with just the right amount of crunch in each perfectly-formed cluster. hazelnut butter, honey & coconut oil coat the oat-y mixture, giving it a nutty warmth and a subtle sweetness. loaded up with dried fruits, it makes a great little snack. i’d suggest serving with yogurt, or as a topping on cereal or oatmeal, but in reality – it’s soo good i haven’t eaten it but by the handful.
RECIPE: NUTTY QUINOA GRANOLA yields large batch (~8 cups)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups walnuts, raw & chopped
- 1 cup almonds, raw & chopped
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
- 1/2 cup dried pineapple
- 1/4 cup dried ginger
- 1 cup flame raisins (so deliciously plump)
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp hazelnut butter (any nut butter would work here)
- 4 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt (this depends on the saltiness of your nut butter though, so use your judgement)
- preheat oven to 325.
- mix oats, nuts, quinoa, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds in a bowl.
- in a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, hazelnut butter & honey until melted. remove from heat. stir in vanilla, salt, cinnamon & ginger.
- slowly add liquid mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until thoroughly coated.
- spread the mixture out evenly across 2 trays, pressing into the pan and ensuring there are no stragglers out on the edges. it should all be touching to ensure you get those good clusters.
- place trays in oven and bake. after 15 minutes, remove & stir.
- return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown and the edges start to darken and crisp up.
- let the mixture cool & harden. mixture should be crispy and full of sweet chunks.
- break up into clusters and mix in dried fruits. transfer to mason jars. or whatever it is you use.