Quinoa granola-Peanut butter and dark chocolate

Have you added quinoa to your granola before? I have not but this quinoa granola is the bomb.

quinoa granola

At last I am posting my granola recipe. This is my first time adding quinoa to my granola. I made my favorite flavor, peanut butter and chocolate, which is the one I do most of the time. It is our favorite flavored granola.

Each time I make granola I make about 10 pounds of it, no kidding. You should see my professional bowl where I mix the granola, it is huge!

This quinoa granola will keep for at least 2 months. I always keep mine in an airtight container. I love these two I got because the are huge and keep everything airtight. I have two different sizes, this one, and this one for the granola.

When I made my quinoa granola I didn’t rinse the quinoa, which was fine. I have seen other recipes where they rinse the granola. I might try that next time and see what the difference is. Also, I added a few peanut butter cups besides the chocolate chips to my granola. You don’t have to do this but I just wanted to experiment a little bit. I didn’t add that many so my granola wasn’t too sweet at all. I mean for about 10 pounds of granola I think I added only 10 peanut butter cups so I think that is no so bad.

I love making granola and this quinoa granola recipe is going to be one of my ultimate recipe that I will make time and time again. I hope you get to make it soon.

Enjoy!

quinoa granola

This is the peanut butter mixture. Peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Just heat the ingredients and mix until incorporated. It should take you about 2-3 minutes.

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On the left picture you can see the granola right out the oven on the first rotation time. The right granola tray is just about done.

quinoa granola

Once the granola is cooked and done I add the rest of the ingredients. The dried fruit, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter cups and peanuts.

quinoa granola

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Quinoa granola

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 40 servings

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled oats, gluten free if you like
  • 1.5 cup quinoa, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cups honey
  • 3/4 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan if needed
  • 5 peanut butter cups, optional

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 275F.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add the honey, coconut oil and peanut butter. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until the mixture comes together. Turn the heat off and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl and the rolled oats, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. Mix through. Add the peanut butter mixture and mix well with the oat mixture. I use my hands for this step.

Divide mixture between two large baking cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes. Take the granola out of the oven and place back into the mixing bowl. Stir. Place the granola back onto the baking trays and bake for another 30 minutes. Repeat this step once more for a total of three times.

After the granola is baked and you have obtained the desired toasted color, place the granola back into the mixing bowl.  Add the  dried fruit, dark chocolate, roasted peanuts and peanut butter cups if using and mix through. Store in an airtight container for up to two months.

 

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16 comments

  1. Is the quinoa cooked or raw? I am assuming it’s raw but did not want to assume! Thanks!

  2. Do you get the nutritional value of the quinoa if it isn’t cooked? Also, I think rinsing it would be a good idea, there is a bitter coating on the seed and if you don’t it might taste wrong. I’m super excited about this recipe and can’t wait to try!

    • Yes I get the nutritional value while dried. It tasted fine but next time I will rinse it and see if there is any difference. I hope you like the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi, I’m definitely trying this recipe! But I must have missed a step.. when do I mix the coconut/honey/peanut butter with the rest of the ingredients? Before it goes in the oven? Thanks!

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks AH-MAZING! I cannot wait to try this out! I’d probably make half a recipe though as 10 pounds seems like a lot.

  5. When do you add the peanuts? Thanks!

  6. How many cups is a serving? Thanks!

  7. On Pinterest I found one link that had just the picture. Also, when I found it the ingredient list before getting to your site showed 5 penut butter cups. I know that was wrong but thought you should know. I am a big fan but if I did not know your work already I would not have pinned it because of penut butter cups.

  8. I make granola every week and I never thought to put quinoa in it! Thanks!

  9. Oh wow! What a great change from my normal breakfast. I’m going to make a big batch of this today. How great that it lasts so long!

  10. Okay I love this! I love quinoa in granola. I’d probably throw in mini reeses cups. They make those right? If not they need to so I can eat them by the handful!

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