Crunchy Quinoa Granola

Crunchy Quinoa Granola with walnuts, cherries and coconut. #glutenfree

I love giving away homemade treats from my kitchen for Christmas, don’t you?  I like to make something unique, something that friends may have never tried before.  That is what inspired this recipe for Crunchy Quinoa Granola.

While regular granola is made with oats, I try to limit my oat intake because of my celiac disease.  I seem to be able to tolerate certified gluten-free oats in small amounts, but eating a giant bowl of oatmeal sends me into a drunken-like stupor.  Plus, I’ve tried toasted grain cereal before and have been wanting to try making different versions at home.

This granola is slightly sweet, toasty and has a great crunch.  Throw some on a bowl of yogurt, or serve with a splash of milk.  You could give it away wrapped up in a pretty jar, or package it as a mix with the printed instructions attached.

What gifts do you like to giveaway from your kitchen?

Crunchy Quinoa Granola with walnuts, cherries and coconut. #glutenfree

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

A fun twist on granola. Gluten-free and oat free. Super easy and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack


  • 3/4 cup pre-rinsed quinoa
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine quinoa, walnut halves, coconut, salt, coconut oil and maple syrup. Spread quinoa mixture into a thin layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toss with dried cherries and cool. Store in an airtight container.

Crunchy Quinoa Granola with walnuts, cherries and coconut. #glutenfree

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  • kumquatblog November 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    looks delicious… i love granola! your version is happily gluten-free AND higher in protein… win-win!

    • InspiredRD November 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm


  • Alex @ November 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Love this gluten free granola! Always looking for more quinoa recipes, this looks great!

  • Food Done Light November 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What a great spin on granola. Sounds like a delicious gluten free option. .

  • Cindys Recipes November 22, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Very different, Alysa!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly November 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Love making homemade granola and never have tried on with quinoa – so grea that it’s gluten-free too!

  • Danielle Cohen December 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    So inspired! I want to make this but was wondering if you cook the quinoa first before baking it? Please let me know, would love to try this!

    • InspiredRD December 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Nope! Toast it raw šŸ™‚