So I make my own.
This Oat and Quinoa Granola has become my new favorite recipe. Toasting the quinoa gives a nice little pop with each bite. Including it also ups the protein content leaving you satisfied and full for hours.
Feel free to use this recipe as a base. I like to mix and match different flavors depending on my mood. Sometimes I’ll leave the nuts, seed and dried fruit out completely and add fresh blueberries or banana on top. Whatever floats your boat!
- 2½ cups old fashioned oats (Gluten free if needed)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- ⅓ cup toasted quinoa (see directions)
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Your choice of additional mix ins:
- 1 cup dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries, blueberries
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped nuts such as cashews, almonds, walnuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or tin foil.
- In large bowl, add old fashion oats, steel cut oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, cinnamon, and salt. Toss and set aside.
- Place quinoa in a small fry pan and toast over medium heat, constantly stirring.
- When quinoa begins to "pop", it's toasted. Remove from heat and add to oat mixture. Stir well.
- While quinoa is toasting, add coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla to a small saucepan. Heat it over medium heat till it boils. Remove from heat and pour over oat/quinoa mix.
- Toss to coat.
- Divide the granola between the two baking sheets. Bake for 40 minutes or until slightly brown.
- Stir every 10 minutes.
And what goes great with granola? Greek yogurt, of course.
Last week I received a much anticipated package from Stonyfield. As a Stonyfield YoGetter, I was getting a taste of the new Greek yogurt flavors, Black Cherry and Cafe Latte, in addition to the already delicious Blueberry, Strawberry and Superfruits.
Stonyfield cares about everything that goes into their organic yogurt, milk, frozen yogurt and smoothies and everything that does NOT go into it. They say NO to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones and GMOs. Who wants that in their food anyway? With over 30 years of producing healthy organic food, they know their stuff. I’m more than happy to feed my family their products. Plus, it’s made locally in New Hampshire!
We are a huge yogurt loving family. We each have our favorites. The kids prefer the fruit flavors or the plain with our own added fruit. Ron is a huge black cherry fan. And me – I love ’em all although I think the new Cafe Latte is like eating dessert. So full of caramel with a slight coffee taste. Almost like eating coffee ice cream.
So seriously, you gotta try this #StonyfieldGreek!
I was provided samples of Stonyfield yogurt as part of the YoGetter program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
What’s your favorite ingredient in granola?
Do you have a favorite yogurt flavor?