Fresh granola is very easy to make and very handy to have around. The granola you can buy at the store is never very good and they also have oats in them and I am sensitive to oats. Some granolas even have wheat or wheat germ in them so they aren’t even gluten free.
I actually usually don’t eat granola but wanted to make some because a friend of wanted fruit parfaits for his beach birthday party. (Fruit parfait recipe coming soon!) And they needed granola and I mean GOOD granola to get good granola you have to make it!
Quinoa flakes are the main ingredient in my granola; quinoa flakes are very similar to oats. They do have a more intense flavor but they work very well. I like adding fresh ginger to my granola because it gives it a kick and more depth to the flavor. You usually can buy quinoa flakes at most health food stores right near the oatmeal and granola section.
They are many ways to make granola and you can easily substitute out one thing for another. My suggestion is just to keep portions the same, swap walnuts for pecans, or pumpkin seeds for sunflower seeds, ect.
Here we go!
3c. Quinoa Flakes (Ancient Harvest makes the best ones)(about 1 Box)
1c. Pecans, chopped big
3/4c. Sunflower Seeds
1/4c. Chia Seeds
1c. Coconut Shreds
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 TBLS. Fresh Ginger Chopped Finely
1c. Maple Syrup
2 TBLS. Cocoa Butter Melted
1/2c. Coconut Oil Melted
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2) Mix all ingredients in big bowl
3) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
4) Spread Granola Mixture evenly over baking sheet
5) Bake in oven for about 45 minutes, till it’s getting golden brown and crunchy, it’s good to stir at least once about 30 min in so that it all cooks evenly
6) Let cool and store in glass container