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Cranberry Chocolate Quinoa Granola

Guys, I go through granola phases. I love granola all the time, but I get on these kicks of wanting to make new granola recipes, so I really have 2-3 granola recipes I’d like to share eventually. Maybe I should change this to a blog about granola?…

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So this one is fun and has a unique ingredient, quinoa. The quinoa adds a nuttiness flavor to granola that’s really nice. If you’ve ever had quinoa you will probably know what I mean. Or if you’ve ever had a KIND bar. Consider this kind of like a cheaper, crumbled up, homemade, tasty KIND bar.

The other ingredients to this granola are nothing new. Dried fruit always makes a good add in to granola. I went with cranberry because I was tired of raisins and honestly because I liked how “cranberry and quinoa” sounded together. Sounds way better than “raisin and quinoa” right? Just say “yes” and we will move on. 🙂

The other key ingredient, chocolate. Dark chocolate. No reason. No explanation. Nothing. It’s chocolate. There never needs to be an explanation for it.

The process for making this granola is the same one I use for all my other granola recipes. The rest of the ingredients are the same or similar as well. If you haven’t checked out my other granola recipes my 2 keys to big clusters are egg whites and baking the granola all pressed together firmly in a large rectangle. Try it out!

Here’s how it looks as I mix it together and pack it all down.

See these clusters. That’s what granola is all about.

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Cranberry Chocolate Quinoa Granola

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa

1/4 c chopped walnuts

1/4 c craisins

1/4 c dark chocolate chips

3 tbsp-1/4 c honey

1 egg white

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 300F.

In a large bowl combine the oats, quinoa, walnuts, craisins, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

Add the honey, egg white, and vanilla extract to mixture is well coated.

Pour mixture onto baking sheet lined with foil. (I sprayed mine lightly with non stick spray). Press the mixture firmly together into large rectangle. You can use a measuring cup or your hand.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before breaking into desired crumbled size. (The chocolate chips will still be melt-y for awhile after you crumble the mixture. As it cools and hardens it will create yummy clusters of chocolate-y granola. Yummy.)Let cool completely before storing in an air tight container at room temperature.

 

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