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Oat & Quinoa Granola

November 24, 2013

Breakfast – do you eat it? They say its the most important meal of the day yet a fair amount of people still skip it. I personally am not a huge breakfast person, tending to eat something small at the office with my coffee, but this granola has managed to weasel its way into my routine.

My mother-in-law always has granola in the house, it being their staple breakfast food – and this recipe is not too far from that. The key addition here is the quinoa. I’ve found myself with a large bag of quinoa in the pantry that just wasn’t getting used and it ended up being the PERFECT addition to this granola. Not only does it throw some extra nutrients into the granola mix – it adds a wonderfully nutty flavor when baked.

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OAT & QUINOA GRANOLA

Servings: 8-10
Time: 1 hour

5 cups oats (not steel cut or quick cooking)
1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
6 ounces walnuts, chopped
6 ounces sliced almonds
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbs vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
dried fruit or raisins as desired

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine oats, quinoa and nuts. In a separate bowl combine oil, syrup, honey, vanilla and salt. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir until all oats are evenly coated. Spread evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating. Top with golden raisins or other dried fruit when serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, will last several weeks.

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