Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds

I picked up some delicious granola from a local Sydney health food store (About Life) a few months ago. It contained so many of my favorite things, like shredded coconut, almonds, chia seeds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. It was so good that I kept the bag for months, vowing to recreate it at home. Well I finally got around to it yesterday and I’m so pleased with the results that I just had to share the recipe with you!

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

The cool thing about this granola is that it’s made with quinoa flakes instead of oats. I found a box of it at Coles here in Sydney, and amazon.com carries it you can’t find it locally. You could substitute the quinoa flakes with regular oats – just use gluten-free oats if that’s an issue for you.

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I used this beautiful large-flake organic coconut, but regular shredded coconut should work too. Just watch it to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

I liked how the store-bought granola contained full-sized nuts, so that’s how I made mine. However, feel-free to chop yours up if you prefer them that way.

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Either way you cut it (see what I did there?) the result is a nutritious granola that looks as good as it tastes.

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

It’s perfect in breakfast parfaits – creamy, sweet, crunchy perfection!

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

To my Australian readers: have you tried this coconut yogurt from Coyo? It’s so rich and creamy – not all slimy like a lot of soy-based yogurts. The Natural flavor (seen here) is rather tart, but if you can get your hands on the Mixed Berry flavor, I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

The granola is also great with a splash of vegan milk – soy, almond, rice… whatever floats your boat!

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Even my new spoon was excited to get in on the delicious granola action!

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)TIP – Coconut is one of those “healthy fats” but if you’re especially concerned about fat/sugar, you could leave out the coconut oil/agave, not bake the granola, and enjoying it raw – in a muesli-style.

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Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds
 
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A healthy granola made with quinoa flakes, shredded coconut, nuts and seeds. Perfect with plant-based yogurt/milk. Vegan and Gluten-Free!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 3.75 cups
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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the ingredients until fully combined.
  3. Spread mixture evenly onto the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway to ensure the nuts don’t burn.
  5. Let cool and store in an airtight container, no more than a couple weeks.

Quinoa Granola with Coconut and Chia Seeds (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

7 Comments

  1. Ahhh, Angela this looks wonderful! What a clever addition with the quinoa flakes, it looks absolutely wonderul. I love coconut yogurts aswell, so creamy and refreshing at the same time :D
    Might have to try and make this, ran out of my home made granola last week!

    x

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    • And I miiight just have gone out to buy quinoa flakes on my lunch break, it was the only ingredient missing :D Will definitely be making this by the end of the week!

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      • Yay that’s so awesome! Let me know if you try it! Thanks for all your support!

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        • Ta-dah! :D Worked a treat! Unfortunately I didn’t have pumpkin seeds though, so I added a bit of extra nuts instead, tasty! :D

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          • So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for letting me know Jules – loving all your feedback :)

  2. Sophie says:

    I made your divine granola & loved it so much, Angela!

    Divine is the word! Yummm! x :)

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    • Oh yay! Thanks so much for making it and for letting me know. I’m so glad you liked it!

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