These crunchy quinoa granola clusters are perfect for snacking or topping a bowl of yogurt, with a mix of grains, healthy fats and sweet dried fruit.
The timing of this recipe really could not be more ironic. A few weeks ago, I came across some old blog posts circa 2011 and decided to repurpose a few of the recipes. (That blog is long gone, but it was fun to reread my posts and remember what life was like at 24!)
This particular recipe was originally called “Snowstorm Quinoa Granola”, because as you can probably guess, I created the recipe during a snowstorm. Since we’re looking at a mid-March blizzard rolling in this evening, I think the timing couldn’t be more perfect! In fact, if you’re on the east coast and reading this post before making your trip to the grocery store for milk and eggs, I suggest picking up the ingredients and making your own batch as the snow falls. The crunchy quinoa granola clusters are perfect for snacking, or topping a bowl of yogurt, cereal or oatmeal.
I’ve made a few tweaks to my original recipe to make sure that I ended up with actual clusters of granola; there’s nothing worse than a bag of granola crumbs! The secret to this is having an ingredient to bind the rest of the ingredients together. Enter the almond flour. My original recipe called for chopped almonds; in this version, I gave the almonds a spin in the food processor to create a coarse flour. When mixed with the wet ingredients, the almond flour creates the clusters that we all love to munch on.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can make your own tweaks to suit your taste! In place of the dried cranberries, I think it would be fun to try dried mango or pineapple and add some coconut flakes for a tropical taste. There’s a good chance that the batch of this granola that I made over the weekend will be gone before this storm is over, so I may just try out that combination sometime this week!
One last tip- as hard as it is, try to stay away from the granola for at least an hour to let it cool! Allowing the granola to completely cool will help those clusters to stay together in larger chunks.