Quinoa Granola

Remember way back when (Dec 2011), when I posted a recipe called Toasted Quinoa Granola? Today’s recipe (another recipe I did for NYNR) is inspired by that very post! 

This time, It’s a bit more colorful and definitely just as tasty! Technically…it’s grain free. And gluten free. And dairy free. and…..paleo? Is it paleo? I’m not sure, I think it is.

I am posting this recipe at the perfect time. Prescribe Nutrition is doing a Round 2 of NYNR! Katie and Megan were generous enough to provide a 20% off coupon to FFF readers if you missed the first round. Use the code: fff20 if you want 20% off! I posted a few times about it…here, here, and here.

I can’t say enough good things about round 1. It’s one thing to cut sugar, dairy, and gluten out of your diet, but another to have 2 functional nutritionists on hand to answer all of your questions and a support group on top of that :)

Cutting out dairy and sugar (on top of my already cut out gluten…mostly), was hard at first, but then it got a lot easier. I stopped craving it…especially the sugar. I’m actually thinking about doing round 2 myself.

Quinoa Granola
  • - 2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
  • - ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • - ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • - ½ cup dried cherries, unsweetened
  • - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, mix together cooked quinoa, pepitas, and dried cherries. Then, spread evenly on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, honey, and vanilla. Then pour over quinoa mixture and toss to evenly coat. Bake for 35-40 minutes, tossing mixture every 10 minutes to ensure the granola cooks evenly.



Yoga Sculpt Update: If you follow the Fit Foodie Finds facebook page, then you know that I auditioned to teach Yoga Sculpt at Corepower here in the Twin Cities. Corepower is who I originally got my certification from and the timing to try out just hasn’t been right. As you know, I’ve been teaching 2-3 times a week for the past 4-5 months…so my fingers are crossed that I get a spot!

I was given both positive and negative feedback from the reviewers (studio managers), which I am guessing they give everyone who tries out. For my tryout, I taught Sculpt Series 2 in front of 5-6 studio manager (can you say nervous?) It wasn’t so bad once I got in there of course because everyone at CPY is so nice. Send me some positive vibes people! I have been looking forward to this audition for quite a while now! I’m just glad its finally over…now I can go back to sleeping a normal sleep schedule! 

When I get nervous/anxious…my sleeping is the first thing to go. Then my diet…I am an anxious eater.

Do you have any weird nervous/anxious habits? 

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  1. Becki @ Fighting for Wellness says

    I LOVE granola, but have cut gluten from my diet this month (and thinking of cutting it out long-term) so this is perfect!

  2. says

    I wake up every 1-2 hours if I’m anxious. I always get pre-travel anxiety even though I travel a lot. I like to be prepared and in control so anything that messes with that makes me slightly nervous and on edge :)

    Yoga, hot tea, a long run, mani/pedi…a few things I turn to to calm myself down.

    I love the idea of putting quinoa in your granola. Looks yum!

  3. Heather says

    Hi, this quinoa granola looks tasty! Your instructions say to add vanilla, but an amount isn’t listed in the ingredients section. How much vanilla should I be adding?
    Thank you!


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