When I first stumble upon quinoa puffs, I thought what could I make with that? Instantly, I thought of granola and goji berries.
What is a quinoa? It’s a grain-like seed. A quasi-grain that has a similar consistency as rice when cooked with water. It’s not considered fully a grain, because it’s not a member of the grass family. Quinoa is closely related to spinach and beets.
Why goji berries? Nowadays, you see goji berries are stocking up in the grocery stores. They’re known for their high in antioxidant content. Plus, they taste so good.
So I created this recipe and wanted to share it.
Gluten-Free Quinoa Goji Berry Granola
2 1⁄2 cup quinoa puffs
1⁄2 cup slivered or chopped almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 goji berry
1/4 golden raisins
1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/3 cup honey
4 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp reserved to grease baking sheet
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon*
1 tsp vanilla extract
* measure to your taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Melt together butter, honey and oil in a saucepan over low heat.
Stir in cinnamon.
4. Stir honey mixture into the dry ingredients until well coated.
5. Grease the baking sheet with butter.
6. Spread onto baking sheet and bake about 10 minutes or until
golden. Stirring after 5 minutes will help prevent burning.
7. Cool on baking sheet.
8. Place cooled granola into a bowl breaking up any large pieces.
You can substitute quinoa puffs with rice cakes with no sugar added and crumble them into the mix. Cranberries or dried mango pieces would work great as well.