Healthy Quinoa Granola Recipe
Toasty quinoa, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts and chocolate chips
Posted February 14th, 2013 by noelle |
Happy Hearts Day!! I wanted to share a light and easy granola recipe today. I gotta warn ya though, this granola recipe tastes nothing like the boxed kind with all the sugar. But it has good flavor and a great crunch. The base of this granola is somewhat unexpected and made with a delicate and fluffy quinoa. Quinoa is a pearly-looking little seed that is often embraced these days as a protein-rich alternative to brown rice or couscous. I find that it cooks up and stores beautifully in the fridge for quick dinners and hot breakfast cereals. Precooked, it also toasts up beautifully under the broiler and packs a fine crunch in this granola.
Healthy Quinoa Granola Recipe
I choose to take a slightly less conventional approach to granola by adding lots of juicy fruit to keep the dish fresh and light. I like this fresh granola drenched in lots of creamy milk with a drizzle of good honey. And while you most certainly can toss uncooked quinoa under the broiler, I find the crunch to be slightly more enjoyable when the quinoa is precooked and then toasted.
Serving Size: 4 (~255 calories with milk and fruit)
1 cup quinoa, cooked*
1/4 cup walnut pieces
2 tablespoons good dark chocolate chips
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups almond milk (store bought or make your own!)
drizzle of drizzle of good honey (optional)
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
- Quinoa – Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is actually not a grain but a type of seed. It provides a complete protein, making it a popular staple in veggie-focused diets. Quinoa contains ~6 grams of protein per 1/4 cup serving. Health beauties often swap in quinoa for rice in many recipes. Learn more here.
Spread cooked quinoa on a baking sheet under broiler for ~5 minutes until the quinoa begins to brown. Half way through the cooking time, move the quinoa around on the baking sheet with a spatula. After the allotted cooking time, turn off the broiler and leave the quinoa to sit in the oven for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Combine the toasty quinoa, walnuts, cranberries and chocolate chips in a bowl with the strawberries. Divide equally between four bowls. Serve with milk and a drizzle of good honey.
* Note: To prepare the quinoa, combine 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the quinoa is fluffy and there is just a splash of water at the bottom of the saucepan. Turn off the heat and allow quinoa to sit for 2-3 minutes until the remaining drop of broth is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
You might also appreciate these fresh breakfast recipes. They are rich in fresh fruit and whole grains. I find that the closer I eat to nature in the morning, the more energy I have all day.