Quinoa Granola ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

It’s the first Thursday of the month! That means it’s time for another post from The Leftovers Club. I started this club last month after having conversations with other bloggers where we lamented that most of our leftovers went to coworkers while we all really wanted to try each others food.  The premise of the club is simple. Once a month, we’re all paired up with a different member of the club and we ship our leftovers to each other. You can make whatever you want as long as it will stay fresh for a several days and ship easily.  This month I’m paired with Shanna from Pineapple and Coconut and, you guys, I’m kind of freaking out right now.  She made Chocolate Dipped Caramel Cream Filled Coconut Shortbread and they’re going to be delivered right to my front door. Seriously, how lucky am I?
I decided to make granola this month because it has a super long shelf life and is easy to ship. I also really enjoy having it for breakfast and experimenting with new recipes.

Quinoa Granola ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

I adapted this recipe from one of my new favorite cookbooks, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming. I made many changes to the recipe including tripling the amount of quinoa.  Her version uses 1/3 cup but I really wanted to see how far I could push the recipe, especially if I was going to call it “quinoa” granola. Using one cup works perfectly fine but I will note that you can just slightly taste the uncooked quinoa, which can sometimes have a bit of an iron aftertaste before thoroughly washing and cooking. But it was barely noticeable to me. The maple, agave, vanilla and cinnamon really overpower that flavor. If you want to avoid this I would recommend trying 1/2 – 3/4 cup of quinoa instead.

Even though Shanna will be enjoying the majority of these leftovers, I really enjoyed having this quinoa granola with milk or yogurt. It’s just the right amount of sweet and the quinoa offers a nice crunch!

Quinoa Granola ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

Quinoa Granola
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Serves: 7 cups
  • 2¼ cups regular or gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • ¾ cup whole raw almonds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup hulled hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup raw pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup light agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, quinoa, almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, coconut and pecans. Mix well. In a smaller bowl combine the maple syrup, light agave nectar and vanilla. Add the liquids into the dry ingredients and stir well to make sure everything is evenly combined.
  3. Spread the mix in an even, thin layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly on top. Bake for one hour.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool down. The granola will stick just slightly to the parchment but should be easy to remove with a spatula. Once cool, stir in the dried cranberries and cherries.
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
Adapted from Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood By Patricia Green, Carolyn Hemming

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Damn Delicious - Cinnamon Puppy Chow
Domestic Fits – Sriracha Caramel Corn
Let’s Give Peas a Chance - Chocolate Chip & Potato Chip Cookie Bars
A Zesty Bite - Oreo Toffee Brownies
Sugar Dish Me - Chocolate Cake Cookies
Eats Well With Others - White Chocolate Blondies
Kelly Bakes - Lemon Thyme Shortbread
Food n’ Focus - English Muffin Bread
Omeletta  - Whiskey Lemon Bars


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  1. Good thinking to work in quinoa this way! It’s so versatile, as you’re proving!

  2. Love hoe simple this is! Is sounds so good!

  3. The Leftovers Club sounds like so much fun! I never really know when to use quinoa, but adding it to granola looks like a nice addition and it’s beautiful!

  4. Gorgeous! This is the first time I have seen quinoa in a granola! I will have to try it for myself!

  5. Genius choice and Shanna’s a lucky girl!! Wait, so are you..gahh everyones lucky :)

  6. This sounds lovely. I’m always running out of ideas for granola and for quinoa. I don’t know why I didn’t think to put them together. Shanna is definitely lucky to be getting these leftovers! Thanks again for a fantastic job organizing this month!

  7. What a neat club! My coworkers do get the bulk of my baked goods and I think they love/hate me for it! :)

    Have never thought of using quinoa in granola but I really like the idea. If I can add quinoa my dishes, I’m a happy girl. This looks great and Lucky Shanna!

  8. Quinoa granola?! Oh my wow! That is genius, Jen!! Loves it!!!! Lucky Shanna!

  9. Now I’m regretting making eggs for breakfast. I wish I had a big bowl of this granola. It looks just lovely, my dear. And a very lucky Shanna indeed! Thank you for sharing. What a lovely batch of healthy deliciousness. I hope you have a good end to your week and an even more blessed weekend.

  10. I have had so much fun with the Leftovers Club! Thanks for organizing and Facebooking, and emailing— also this granola is AWESOME. I love making my own breakfast “cereal” because my kids think it’s weird and won’t eat it. More for me!!

  11. Wowww… Gorgeous.. Nicely composed shots.. :)

  12. Going into the Quinoa round up! Love your Leftover Thursdays.

  13. Best looking granola ever! Love your use of quinoa!

  14. Yum, this sounds delish! And such a great idea with The Leftovers Club!

  15. Quinoa + granola, I have yet to try this!!! It sounds and looks so good. Quinoa is my favorite and I really only cook with it – never bake. It’s so versatile!

  16. This looks seriously wonderful! Sending along to a friend of mine who is a quinoa nut!

  17. I love quinoa in my granola! Makes me feel like I’m being super super healthy, especially when tossed in my some yogurt.

  18. I am BEYOND excited to get this granola!! I am going to have to hide it from the rest of my family because I am SO not sharing with them ha ha ha

  19. Your granola looks so tasty, and I “love” your bowl!

  20. Oh wow… I never would have thought to add quinoa to granola! :) Great idea!

  21. I’m only just starting to get a taste for quinoa so I might have to hold off on adding it to my granola for a few more months, but I seriously love the idea! Oh, and those cookies from Shanna sound amazing – enjoy :)

  22. I think this would go perfectly with the Greek yogurt I have every morning for breakfast.

  23. I am intrigued by uncooked quinoa. And now I would really like some.

    And also I am excited to see all the options it never occurred to me to ship. All I could think of was cookies lol!

  24. The foodie community has definitely redefine the ways one can make granola. And this is another delicious and creative example :)

  25. Jen – I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never put quinoa in granola but it looks like it adds such great texture and crunch!

  26. Oh man, I just looooove granola (and I also eat mine with milk! yum!), and i’m super fascinated by the idea of uncooked quinoa in there. I would imagine it makes the granola extra crunchy and gives it a toothsome bite.

  27. Definitely sounds like the kind of breakfast I would like, even though I am not much of a breakfast person. I have this HUGE bag of quinoa and this recipe came at the right time :)

  28. Love it! :)

  29. This is SUCH a fun way to use quinoa, which is one of my favorite (sort-of) grains! It’s the perfect way to infuse it into every meal, including breakfast!

  30. Never, ever thought of using quinoa in this way, but it’s brilliant! Great recipe, Jen…and do I have to mention your gorgeous photos?!? :} TGIF!!!

  31. Completely gorgeous! Recipes, photos, all of it!

  32. Oooohh I could munch of these all day, especially during the 10-2AM time frame.

  33. In the words of my two year old self: gimme gimme.

  34. What a fabulous granola! Once I get through my granola hump, meaning I have eaten to much of it this week, I’m making yours! Your recipe is absolutely perfect!! I LOVE it!! I can’t wait to make it!!

  35. Wonderful :) I love using quinoa in the kitchen, I’d love to make this!

  36. Just a little different! I love quinoa. This is nice. :-)

  37. I made a regular quinoa so many times already, also a regular granola, but this is something I simply have to try.

  38. This awesome. Love all the ingredients. I am going to make this for sure. Pinned for reference.

  39. I love quinoa and would love to give this recipe a try! It sounfs so unique and yummy!

  40. Healthy Granola says:

    Adding quinoa to granola seems like it would give it a nice crunch, along with the flavor. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Hi There, Just curious if the agave nectar can be substituted for anything else like more maple syrup or honey?

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