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Monday, October 8, 2012

Recipe: Basic Quinoa Flake Granola


Happy Monday, loves! Oh do I have the perfect recipe to start your week right or what!

I've been on a bit of a granola kick lately. After my Cocoa Banana Granola Recipe, I've been playing around with different grains, seeds, nuts, sweeteners, binders, flavours - you name it, I've tried it. With all of my experimenting, I've found one clear winner - Crunchy, clustery granola with quinoa flakes. 

With 4 bags of quinoa flakes in my cupboards (obsessed? yes) it's only human that i'd be looking for recipes using quinoa flakes, right? Not only are quinoa flakes gluten free, they're also high in protein and are low GI.

When it comes to granola, my favourite part are the clusters. Big, chunky, crunchy clusters are always what I go for when pouring a bowl of granola. I even strategically pour granola into my bowls so that I make sure I evenly distribute the clusters (major weirdo alert). Add raisins or chewy dried fruit and it only gets better! 

It may seem odd to use egg whites in this granola, but I promise you - they're the key to crispy, crunchy, cluster filled granola! As an egg hater, you can be assured that you can't taste a thing!



Basic Quinoa Flakes Granola Recipe makes ~1 1/2 cups, easily increased
Gluten free, high protein, low fat

1 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
1/4 cup egg whites (I use Naturegg Simply Egg Whites)
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey/agave/rice syrup)
Optional: spices/nuts/seeds/dried fruit*

Preheat oven to 180°C/355°F. 
Pour quinoa flakes into a medium mixing bowl. 
Combine egg whites, salt, vanilla and maple syrup in a small bowl and pour into the quinoa flakes.
Mix until all of the quinoa flakes are covered and then pour onto a lined baking sheet.
Spread out the granola mix slightly, making sure to leave clumps for clusters later on.
Bake for 15 minutes until the granola is golden, before turning the heat down to 110°C/230°F until the granola dries out and crisps up.  
Once the granola is crisp and crunchy, leave the granola to cool completely before pouring into an airtight container. 

*Spices can be added into the wet mixture before cooking
If using dried fruit, add this after the granola is cooked. 
Nuts and seeds can be added before or after, depending on how crunchy you like them. 

So tell me, what's your favourite part of granola? 


    
   

15 comments:

  1. I LOVE granola!!! It is one of my most favourite snacks of all time.

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    1. It has the best of everything and it's so easy to make! :)

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  2. I had a bowl of granola or lunch today (pls don't judge LOL) because I had eaten so much meat yesterday! Looking at your pics I want more!

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    1. No judging from me Adrian! I've been known to eat breakfast for lunch many a time! :)

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  3. NICE RECIPE! I am so impressed! I've alwayyyys wanted to make a quinoa granola! <3

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    1. Thanks Meg! Definitely give it a try, it's really good! :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing this I have a big pot of quinoa flakes that needs to be used and this sounds perfect!!

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    1. This is definitely a good way to use up quinoa flakes - let me know how it goes! :)

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  5. can you use regular uncooked quinoa instead of flakes??

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    1. Hi Liesl,
      I'm not sure to be honest - I know you can make granola with regular uncooked granola and other grains, however I've never done it myself and not with this recipe so I don't know how it would come out.

      I have tried it with oats and it worked perfectly.

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  6. I used you recipe in my third attempt to get my kids to eat quinoa, and it worked, yaaaay! I used a flax seed "egg" instead of the egg white, and it turned out nice and clumpy :)

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    1. Fabulous! Thanks for letting me know it worked with the flax egg, Natalie - did you just use 1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water? I'll have to add that as an option!

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  7. Marilynne RowlandMarch 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    What is a quinoa flake???

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    1. Hi Marilynne,
      Quinoa flakes are just rolled quinoa grains - just as rolled oats are from oatmeal. If you don't have quinoa flakes, you can use rolled oats - it's just a different option :)

      You can purchase them on iHerb here http://www.iherb.com/Ancient-Harvest-Organic-Quinoa-Flakes-12-oz-340-g/41708 (and get $10 off your order with the coupon code OTO868)

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  8. This is great. I had the quinoa flakes for breakfast this morning and couldn't bear the taste. I really didn't want them to got to waste. The granola looks delicious! Thanks :)

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