Crunchy chocolate granola made with quinoa and hazelnuts! Super healthy and perfect for breakfast and snacking. Vegan and gluten free!
Dorm life gives you a whole new level of accountability. At Kenoyer, any business you got goin’ on pretty much becomes everyone’s business. If it’s that time of month, everyone knows. If you’ve got a date, trust me, we all will know. And if I’m eating granola, I don’t even have to invite test tasters, they just come on in. It’s great. Truly. Love my suite 101.
I’ve brought in my “ok” baking projects and received “ok” responses from my suite. They are not sugar coaters (no pun intended) but I got a double thumbs up for this batch of granola. I had no idea it would turn out this good. Bear Naked makes a Chocolate Indulgence granola which I’ve heard from my suitemate tastes darn close to this one.
It’s a wonderful thing when healthy food actually tastes decadent to other people.
This granola is incredibly crunchy. The quinoa adds a poppy seed similar texture that clusters with the cocoa and honey coated oats. Those clusters are uh-mazing. And the hazelnuts are also coated in honey and coconut oil and then dusted with cocoa powder and brown sugar. Can I just say blessed?
Sooooo quinoa and I. We have a texting relationship. I think it’s fantastic in text; magazines, blog posts, all that stuff. But when we meet in real life … first impressions are rough. And second impressions after a bad first impression. You could say it was a one and done thing. Quinoa really just didn’t float my boat, no matter how I tried it. I think cheese would’ve helped a lot. Maybe.
Take notes friends, chocolate mends many faults. It makes quinoa in granola a decadent experience. So good. So so good.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup uncooked red or white quinoa
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- In a medium pan, heat honey and coconut oil until coconut oil is melted. Stir in oats, hazelnuts, and quinoa and stir until coated.
- Spread out onto a baking pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk cocoa powder and brown sugar together. Sprinkle over oats, hazelnuts, and quinoa. Stir slightly so that they're coated with the cocoa powder and brown sugar.
- Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Return to oven for another 15 minutes.
- Let granola sit until cooled (and crunchy)
- Store leftovers in an airtight container. Enjoy!