A New Take on Homemade Granola: Quinoa Granola with Raisinets

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Quinoa Granola with Raisinets

March 24th is National Chocolate Covered Raisinets Day. Did you know that? What better way to celebrate than with a brand NEW Nestlé Raisinets recipe!

Raisinets are best known as a movie theater treat, but they also make a great addition to granola (and cookies!). When I make homemade granola, snack or trail mix, I like a little chocolate and dried fruit, so Dark Chocolate Raisinets make the perfect addition!

Let’s talk quinoa. Quinoa has been around long enough that you probably already know how good it is for you. You also likely know it’s a great addition to salads, sides and mains. But have you tried it in granola?

Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod created a recipe for Crunchy Quinoa Granola that looked fantastic! I have her to thank for the initial inspiration. Thanks, Maria! Brandi of BranAppetit developed a Stove Top Spiced Raisinets Granola for Nestlé that I fell head over heels for. She used cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup and something about that combination tantalized my taste buds!

In this recipe, cooked quinoa (cooked in just water or equal parts water and apple juice), oats, nuts, seeds and spices are coated with a little coconut oil and maple syrup and then baked until golden. Raisinets and toasted coconut are added to the mixture once cool. Oh wow is this good!

Here’s the recipe…

Quinoa Granola with Raisinets

Ingredients for 24 (¼ cup) servings:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 cups cooked ivory or red quinoa (cooked in water)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 package (11 ounces) NESTLÉ RAISINETS Dark Chocolate-Covered Raisins
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, toasted

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

COMBINE quinoa, oats, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seed kernels, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt in large bowl. Add coconut oil and maple syrup; stir to coat. Spread onto prepared baking sheet.

Quinoa Granola with Raisinets Recipe

BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time, until golden and toasted. Once it has cooled completely, stir in the Raisinets and coconut. Store the granola in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Quinoa Granola with Raisinets Recipe

Here’s a little tip. Add a few tablespoons of this granola to nonfat Greek yogurt, and then drizzle with a little maple syrup. Perfect snack!

More Raisinets Snacks:

Nutty Raisinets Trail Mix Recipe Raisinets Cereal Snacking Mix Recipe
Nutty Raisinets Trail Mix Raisinets Cereal Snacking Mix

One Comment

  1. Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am a granola-a-holic, and am really excited to see one made with quinoa. I’ll definitely be giving this a try!

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