Crunchy Quinoa Granola

 

This is an awesomely easy recipe that comes together with whatever combination of seeds and nuts you have stored in your pantry.  I made about 4 full trays of granola with this recipe. Granola is perfect as a snack with nut milks, a crumble topping on stewed fruits, or mix it into bliss balls. The uses and flavour combinations here is only limited by your imagination.

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Makes 8-10 cups

This can be prepared a day in advance or a few hours ahead.

2 cups quinoa (white, red or mixed) rinsed and drained

2 cups water

  1. Pour quinoa into a small pot with water.
  2. Bring it to boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer till almost all the water is absorbed (approx. 10mins).
  3. Turn off heat and leave covered for 15 mins.
  4. Spread onto a lined tray to quicken the cooling process.

yummy activated granola 

Dry ingredients:

2 cups quinoa flakes

¾ cup raw pecans, chopped coarsely

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup sesame seeds

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Pre heat oven to 160C.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

 

Wet ingredients:

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil

  1. Whisk the wet ingredients in a small mixing bowl and add to the dry mixture.
  2. Mix really well coating all the ingredients completely.
  3. Spread out evenly over two trays in a single layer and bake for about 30-40mins till crunchy and golden brown.
  4. Stir once or twice through the baking time to make sure that the granola is evenly baked.

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Add after baking:

2/3 cup dried currants

2/3 cup dried apricots/ dehydrated apples

Store in a airtight container when completely cooled. Serve with Coghurt and seasonal stewed or fresh fruits. A nourishing meal on the go! 

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