Crunchy Granola with Quinoa

by | Jul 1, 2020

This recipe for Crunchy Granola with Quinoa is the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy. It’s completely customizable with add-ins of your choice like chopped nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips. This granola is delicious over morning yogurt parfaits or baked apples!

Try this Crunchy Granola with Quinoa over yogurt parfaits

Why should I add quinoa to granola?

Quinoa makes for the perfect addition to this simple granola recipe as it provides an awesome crunch and packs in some added protein and nutrients.

How do you make this crunchy granola?

This granola is as easy as mix up, bake, and enjoy. It is one of my favorites to teach in my virtual Coaching + Cooking program! This custom granola is perfect to throw over customizable yogurt parfaits, baked apples, pancakes, or simply have on its own for a snack! Watch the video below in the recipe card to see how simple it is to make!

Quinoa Crunch Granola

Customize it your way

What’s even better is all of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry– so you can use up items you already have on hand. The recipe is completely customizable so you can throw in whatever you desire! Here’s how I usually make mine:

Here’s how I usually make mine:

  • I love to fill my 1 cup of add-ins with chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, and walnuts.
  • Next for the seeds, I throw in a mixture ground flaxseed and chia seeds.
  • For the spices, cinnamon is always my go-to to use.
  • For the oil, I usually love the taste of coconut oil here. You could also opt for a more heart-healthy oil like canola oil or olive oil.
  • Finally, for the sweetener, I use maple syrup.
Quinoa Crunch Granola. Perfect to throw over yogurt, top over a baked apple, or simply eat on its own for a snack! Gluten-free, vegan, and whole grain.Quinoa Crunch Granola. Perfect to throw over yogurt, top over a baked apple, or simply eat on its own for a snack! Gluten-free, vegan, and whole grain.

Voila! Now you have homemade granola and a delicious smelling house in under an hour! If you go through this granola as quickly as I do, simply double the recipe.

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Quinoa Crunch Granola

Quinoa Crunch Granola

Yield: 16 (1/4 cup is one serving)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This homemade granola recipe is perfect to throw over yogurt, top over a baked apple, or simply eat on its own for a snack! It's completely customizable too!


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons sprouted or pre-washed quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 heaping cup add-ins of your choice, (pecans, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, coconut flakes, cocoa nibs, puffed rice, millet, protein powder, dried fruit, chocolate chips*, or a mixture!) - see note
  • 1/4 cup seeds of your choice, (chia seeds, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon spices of your choice, (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup oil of your choice, melted if needed (coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup liquid sweetener of your choice, (maple syrup, agave, honey)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the oats, quinoa, add-ins, seeds, spices, salt, and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Using a liquid measuring cup, pour oil and liquid sweetener over top and stir once more until dry mixture is completely coated.
  4. Add granola mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned. Turn pan halfway through baking to ensure even cooking. If you like your granola more chunky, do not stir the granola and let it completely cool before breaking apart. For less chunky granola, stir granola throughout the baking process.
  6. Store cooled granola in an airtight container or bag and enjoy for up to a month.


  • Within the 1 cup of add-ins of your choice, you can fill this with just one ingredient but I would recommend filling with a lot of different ingredients you like. For example, I usually fill my 1 cup of add-ins with 1/4 cup of coconut flakes, 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup of sliced almonds, and 1/4 cup of chopped pieces.
  • If using dried fruit or chocolate, stir these in after the granola comes out of the oven to avoid the fruit or chocolate being overly hard.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional dietitian nutritionist’s advice.

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