Quinoa Granola

QuinoaGranolaWhen I was growing up, I loved granola. So much so, that when given the chance to pick any breakfast cereal I wanted, my choice was almost always granola.  (No Frosted Flakes for me!)

This continued for years until someone informed me during high school that granola was extremely high fat, high calorie and that I shouldn’t eat it.

I was heartbroken.

By then low fat granola had come out, but sadly, it just wasn’t the same.

So, I gave up my granola obsession in favor of a far less exciting Special K. Topped with a banana and a packet of Sweet n Low. Mmmm….healthy!

Nothing like a shot of chemicals on your cereal in the morning to start your school day off right.

These days, I don’t eat boxed cereal at all, but if I did, I’d go back to my trusty granola.

High fat and all, it still tastes the best (to me.)

Luckily, lower fat and tasty don’t have to be mutually exclusive now.

Nope, its super-easy to make my own and today I’m sharing with you a recipe that is both bowl-worthy and snack worthy.

I enjoyed this so much that I found myself sneaking into the pantry to grab a handful more than I’d care to admit.

Some things never change.


Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times

Quinoa Granola

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 188

Fat per serving: 5.1g

Quinoa Granola


  • 5 unsalted organic brown rice cakes
  • ½ cup Quinoa Flakes(or oatmeal)
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup chopped raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Crumble rice cakes into a bowl. Add quinoa flakes, cooked quinoa and raw almonds. In a small saucepan heat maple syrup, apple sauce, cinnamon and vanilla over low heat. Stir into quinoa and rice cake mixture.
  3. Spread in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir and cook 10 to 15 minutes more. Break into clusters and mix in dried fruit.


Calories 188, Fat 5.1g, Carbohydrates 31.4g, Protein 4.7g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 6mgg, Fiber 3.6g, Sugars 7.7g



This post was featured in Wellness Weekend & Healthy Vegan Fridays.

  • zahra

    Is there anyway to make this lower in sugar or sugar free?

    • Wendy Polisi

      There is no sugar in the recipe and only 2 tablespoons of maple syrup which works out to a teaspoon a serving.  I used unsweetened applesauce.  (though sweetened would work) If you are looking to avoid the blood sugar impact of the maple syrup, you could certainly try something like stevia.  I have never tried it but it would be easy enough to test since recipes like this are so forgiving.
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  • Gabby

    I am the same way with granola- when I make it I am always going to the pantry to sneak more!

    This granola sounds delicious and so cool that you used rice cakes!
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    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Gabby!

  • Maddy

    Dried cranberries are often sweetened, but you can find them without the added carbs.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Great point! I always buy unsweetened in the bulk bins unless I'm getting them for the boys to eat by themselves then I get the ones that are sweetened with juice.

  • evince

    Are the calorie counts for the whole recipe?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Per serving

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  • Patricia Valiquette

    Hi, about how many servings does this make

    • Wendy Polisi

      6 – it's at the top for future reference!

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  • Jodi@garlicgirl

    Hi there! I just discovered your site through Tastespotting and love your recipes. I’m definitely going to try this one. I make granola all the time, but never before with Quinoa.

    Thank you!


    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks Jodi – I hope you enjoy. And you had ME at garlic! I can't get enough!

  • Queen of Quinoa

    Wendy, I'm loving this recipe!! Can't wait to make some this weekend. Thinking I might add some pumpkin to make it perfect for the fall :)
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    • Wendy Polisi

      That would be nice Alyssa! I've yet to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon but I really need to.

  • Lucy Hill

    Perfect taste! Just like what my sister used to cook.. :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad you enjoyed it Lucy!

  • Ruth carolin

    I'll try this Recipe with some honey n walnuts I Bet it will be as good

    • Wendy Polisi

      I'm sure it would! I would LOVE granola with walnuts but neither of my boys will eat them. Maybe someday! :)

  • waka network

    The food presentation are perfectly beautiful! Great job!

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  • Sarah

    Yummy… Thanks for sharing!

  • Joanne

    What a great idea! I've made granola with just oats, but never thought to include quinoa!
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    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much Joanne! :)

  • kuenzi

    Just made this today, and it's great! I'm going to have a hard time eating one serving at a time… I made it slightly unhealthier by adding a few dark chocolate chips after it was all cooled. I used a mix of dried cherries and dried berries.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Ohhh…LOVE the addition of dark chocolate. Really, what isn't better with chocolate?! Glad I'm not alone at having a hard time stopping at one serving. :)

  • Ricki

    Gorgeous granola! And I just love the rice cakes in here. Thanks for linking up this week, Wendy! :)
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    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much Ricki!

  • Jane

    Mine came out soft, not crunchy. Any idea what I did wrong? I tried setting the stove on broil for an additional few minutes, but that didn't help either.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Jane – it sounds like you needed to cook it a bit longer. I've made this in both Arizona and Colorado an the time was the same, but both of these are dry climates. The humidity of your home could impact the time required for the quinoa to dry out. Also, do you have an oven thermometer?

  • tsiporahblog

    Wow I can't believe I just discovered this blog! I love quinoa! Somehow, I have not posted any quinoa recipes but I need to now. Thank you for all of these great recipes!
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    • Wendy Polisi

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Lorraine

    What can I use as a substitute for the applesauce? Any suggestions? Thanks!