Peanut Butter and Quinoa Granola
Published by Robert Rose
I have fond memories of my mother’s homemade granola, rich with nuts, honey and toasted oats. My version ups the flavor and nutrition ante with quinoa, peanut butter and dried cranberries. Spoon it up with milk, sprinkle it on yogurt or pack a handful in a small plastic bag for a mid-morning boost.
Any unsweetened natural nut or seed butter (such as cashew, almond, sunflower seed or tahini) may be used in place of the peanut butter.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola: Add ½ cup (125 mL) miniature semisweet chocolate chips (GF, if needed) after the granola has cooled completely.
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together
Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy free, vegetarian
Mealbreakfast, brunch, snack
Taste and Texturecrunchy, nutty, sweet
- Large rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper
- 2 cups large-flake (old-fashioned) rolled oats (certified GF, if needed) 500 mL
- ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed 175 mL
- ¾ cup lightly salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped 175 mL
- ½ tsp fine sea salt 2 mL
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 mL
- ¼ cup natural cane sugar or packed light brown sugar 60 mL
- ¼ cup liquid honey or brown rice syrup 60 mL
- ½ cup unsweetened natural peanut butter 125 mL
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil 75 mL
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (GF, if needed) 5 mL
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries 150 mL
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)
In a large bowl, combine oats, quinoa, peanuts, salt and cinnamon.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and honey. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and stir in peanut butter, oil and vanilla until blended.
Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until coated. Spread mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring twice, until golden brown. Let cool completely on pan.
Transfer granola to an airtight container and stir in cranberries. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
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