fruit & nut quinoa granola

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.fruit & nut quinoa granola // kitschandcamera.combut 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.  fruit & nut quinoa granola // kitschandcamera.comhazelnut 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.  fruit & nut quinoa granola // kitschandcamera.comi’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)

//ingredients:

  • 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)

//directions:

  1. preheat oven to 325.
  2. mix oats, nuts, quinoa, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds in a bowl.
  3. in a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, hazelnut butter & honey until melted.  remove from heat. stir in vanilla, salt, cinnamon & ginger.
  4. slowly add liquid mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until thoroughly coated.
  5. 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.
  6. place trays in oven and bake.  after 15 minutes, remove & stir.
  7. return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown and the edges start to darken and crisp up.
  8. let the mixture cool & harden.  mixture should be crispy and full of sweet chunks.
  9. break up into clusters and mix in dried fruits.  transfer to mason jars. or whatever it is you use.

fruit & nut quinoa granola // kitschandcamera.com

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