great grains granola

I’m not going to lie…this recipe wasn’t originally intended to be a granola recipe.  I set out to make a no-bake granola bar which flopped, literately!  They flopped, fell apart, crumbled into pieces!  The mixture of peanut butter, spices and vanilla tasted so good I couldn’t let it go to waste!  Instead, I threw it all on parchment paper and baked it until it was a perfect golden crisp granola!

This is the first time I have used uncooked quinoa in a granola recipe.  Since quinoa is technically a seed it makes sense to eat it uncooked similar to chia or sesame seeds.  It adds a nice crunch!

great grains granola ~gluten-free~

Great Grains Granola

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw slivered almonds

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup raisins

great grains granola ~gluten free~

great grains granola ~gluten free~

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.   Place sunflower seeds and almonds on baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden, stirring occasionally.  Remove and set aside.

-Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

-In a large saucepan over low heat, melt coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup and honey.  Stirring until well mixed.

-In a large bowl, mix together uncooked quinoa, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, toasted sunflower seed/almond mixture,  sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir until combined.

-Add wet and dry ingredients and stir well to combine.

-Evenly distribute onto two baking sheets and place in 300 degree oven.

-Bake for 50-60 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to create an even golden color.

-Remove from oven, let cool and add raisins.

-Serve with almond milk and berries or yogurt, enjoy!

great grains granola ~gluten free~

Enjoy with sliced berries and almond milk or on top of yogurt!  Chock full of  fiber, protein, omega 3’s, vitamins and minerals it’s a great way to start your day!