This recipe is not your typical granola recipe. First of all, these are granola chunks, not tiny pieces of sticky granola. Of course, you can crumble the granola until you have the granola size you like, but I love my granola chunky. Probably because it allows me to snack all day long on these healthy granola pieces.
Second of all, there are no grains (oatmeal) in this recipe, also no sugar, gluten, syrup or even an oil. All of this makes this recipe super healthy.
✓ Grain free
✓ Gluten free
✓ Oil free
✓ Sugar free
✓ Syrup free
It is a healthy quinoa granola full with healthy fats, natural sugars, fibres, superfoods and above all it’s very delicious!
I make this granola whenever days get colder, because it is super delicious with some warm almond milk. I once had a super delicious breakfast in Warsaw with a granola sweetened this way, so without an oil, sugar or syrup. I’m still amazed how genius some recipes/places are in Warsaw. Good stuff is happening over there. So many cities that follow the vegan cooking trend keep making only copycats of things we don’t feel like eating, such as burgers, products with refined sugars or vegan chicken sandwiches that taste like chicken. That’s such a pity. Vegan food can easily be as well healthy food. And this recipe is an example of how to do so, without using anything refined or processed.
I care about animals, but I also care about my own body. There is no need to eat unhealthy when vegan.
Recently, I love using puffed quinoa since it is very delicious and light compared with the fats in this recipe from the nuts. I like the extra chew as well and it adds a ton of protein too. But feel free to use normal (not puffed) quinoa, buckwheat or oatmeal instead.
How do you like your granola? A bit chunkier to snack during the day or do you like your granola super crumbled? Please share your granola with me on social media with #thegreencreatorPrint
Healthy quinoa granola. Free from oils, syrup and refined sugars.
- 10 tablespoons puffed quinoa
- 5 Medjool dates soaked in half a cup of water (keep the date soaking water, I used 7 tablespoons of soaked date water to get the right consistency)
- 3 tablespoons organic raisins
- 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons goji berries
- 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds
- 5 dried prunes, chopped
- 5 tablespoons of mixed nuts such as cashews, almonds, Brazilian nuts and hazelnuts), very roughly chopped
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- optional: ½ tsp vanilla powder
- 3 tablespoons almond butter (or any other nut or seeds butter such as tahini)
- Preheat the oven to 175°C
- Mix the soaked dates (20 min soaking is already enough), almond butter (and a few spoons of date soaked water if needed) in a blender until smooth. It should be smooth, but not too thin. Like a very thick smoothie.
- Add all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix it well with the blended dates and almond butter. All the dry ingredients should be coated.
- Spread the granola evenly on a parchment paper. Press with a spoon or flat hand to make it flat. Wet your hand or spoon if it is too sticky.
- Bake the granola for more or less 30 minutes, until golden brown and solid.
- Let cool, and break the granola into the chunk sizes you like. Keep in an airtight container.
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