Ginger Quinoa Granola (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

Oh man, I have been gobbling up s’mores brownies for days now. Someone should stop me, really! I have moments of complete and total guilt for cramming down yet another brownie and then I convince myself its all OK because in-between brownies I have been snacking away on granola like it’s going out of style. This protein packed granola has an amazing crunch that doesn’t go soggy in my coconut milk, even when I get distracted by a crazed 2 year old. Crispy, crunchy, golden quinoa, who knew?!

Ginger Quinoa Granola
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well to remove bitterness and well-drained
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp.cinnamon
1/2 tsp.salt
1/3 cup crystallized ginger pieces, chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine the quinoa, almonds, walnuts,and flax seeds and stir well. Heat the maple syrup in a small microwave-safe bowl on high for 20 seconds. Stir in the coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt; continue to stir until the coconut oil is completely melted. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and toss to coat.

Spread the quinoa granola mixture in a thin layer over a parchment line baking sheet.Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice during the cook time. Add the chopped ginger pieces and cranberries during the last 5 minutes of cook time.

Cool completely on the baking sheet, as it cools the granola will harden and begin to clump together. When cooled break up any large pieces of granola into small clusters and store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Sprinkle about a 1/4 cup over yogurt or into milk and enjoy…I have even topped vanilla ice cream with this and it is SO good!

Looking for more granola recipes?

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Cranberry Pistachio Granola

We happily shared this recipe at the Thank Goodness it’s Quinoa link up party hosted by the Queen of Quinoa. Head on over and get your quinoa on!

We are happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mama and  The Gluten Free R.D.!  Hop on over to find more great gf recipes.

19 Comments

    1. admin January 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Alyssa! That quinoa crunch is unlike any other crunch I have ever had. Does that even make sense?! I will definitely head over and link up:)

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      1. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa January 13, 2013 at 8:08 am

        Thanks so much for sharing this recipe at TGIQ. And yes, I totally know what you mean 😉 The quinoa crunch is one of a kind!

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        1. admin January 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

          My pleasure! I am already brainstorming quinoa ideas for the next one!:)

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  1. jane January 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my, made this as soon as it arrived in my inbox, and, not four hours later, it is GONE, with plans for several women to make it for themselves. LOVE IT, and it is SOOOO easy to make! Thank you!

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    1. admin January 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Jane! I am so glad that you enjoyed it and I hope your friends do too. I sent a jar home with my neighbor the other day after I made it because she loved it so much. Totally addicting granola! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment:)

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  2. marla January 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Such a tasty looking granola!

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    1. admin January 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Marla, I am totally addicted to it right now! 🙂

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  3. Caitlin January 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    this looks absolutely fabulous! i love your photos and blog 😉

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    1. admin January 14, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Caitlin!

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  4. Penny K. January 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    What are your thoughts about honey substituted for the maple syrup. I know it will change flavor a bit , but what about consistency?

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    1. admin January 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Hi Penny! Honey would make a great replacement for the maple syrup. I have had it both ways and I think that they are both winners!

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  5. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) January 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Love that it has quinoa!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  6. Alexis @ Hummusapien September 7, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Holy moly–this looks divine! I love the crunch (and nutrition!) that quinoa adds to granola. Can’t wait to try!

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    1. Meg September 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Alexis,

      Thank you! I hope that you really enjoy it.:)

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  7. Aqiyl | Natural Life Energy September 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Quinoa and gluten free, two of my favorite words. The dish looks wonderful and fits right in with my vegan appetite.

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    1. Meg September 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

      I am so glad! I hope you enjoy it:)

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  8. Leah April 26, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Are the flax seeds necessary? Is there a substitute?

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    1. Meg April 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Leah, you can simply leave them out or add another nut or seed that you like in their place.

      Reply

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