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Homemade Fall Inspired Granola

Homemade Greek Yogurt and the Perfect Compliment: Homemade Granola

I have been making a lot of homemade greek yogurt this year. I’ve been following This Old Gal’s Instant Pot Greek Yogurt recipe with slight variations to her suggested times. It is only natural that I begin exploring different options in terms of granola. Sam’s Club has a pretty good granola mix that up until this point I been purchasing.

My criteria for granola was simple…

I wanted it to look like “fall” and taste awesome. With my criteria in mind I set out to the grocery store. I knew I needed grains and because I hadn’t ever cooked with quinoa I decided I’d give it a try. I paired quinoa with flaxseed… again another food I’d never cooked with before. I chose pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and yellow raisins because they gave me the desired “fall colors” that I was going for.

Homemade Fall Inspired Granola

  • 1 1/2 cup of Quinoa (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of whole or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup of Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 2 TBSP of Canola Oil
  • 2 TSP of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP of Coarse Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Dried Yellow Raisins

granola ingredients
Combine quinoa, raw pumpkin seeds, whole or slivered almonds and flaxseed in bowl.

In microwave safe bowl combine honey, canola oil, cinnamon and salt.

Combine and heat until warm.

Pour contents over quinoa mixture and spread evenly on lightly sprayed (I used EVOO spray) baking sheet.

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Bake granola mixture at 350 for approximately 20 minutes.

Be sure to allow the granola base to brown.

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Add dried fruit to mixture stirring to combine. Flatten granola with rubber spatula and return to oven for 5 minutes.

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Place granola on a piece of aluminum foil and allow to cool.

Be sure to pat the granola down flat.

Once cooled break up the granola in to smaller pieces and store in refrigerator.

I hope you give this recipe a try! Let me know what you think. What fruit/mixture should I try next? I think I want to try an oats, cinnamon and dried apple granola. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed quinoa and flaxseed considering I’ve never tried them before this recipe. Enjoy this delicious fall inspired homemade granola.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    October 7, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I have made homemade granola before but never thought to use quinoa. I am going to try this. Maybe my picky eater will eat it. 😀

    • Reply
      graceinspiredhome
      October 11, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Tara I had never used quinoa before but saw it in a granola mixture that I bought so I figured hey I liked it in a store bought pack… ha. My kiddos seem to enjoy the granola as well! Good luck! 🙂

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    Nicky
    October 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

    This looks absolutely delish! I love granola, and I’m saving this post as I’d love to try this one too. Thank you so much for sharing. I love cinnamon too!

    • Reply
      graceinspiredhome
      October 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Hi Nicky! 🙂 Thank you! Please let me know how it turns out! Granola is awesome and surprisingly easy to make.

  • Reply
    Andrea Skelly
    October 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I love healthy snacks! This looks like a yummy treat. I love how easy you make it to follow the recipe with your step by step directions and photos! Definitely want to try this!

    • Reply
      graceinspiredhome
      October 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thank you Andrea! :):) I am a very visual person so that’s why I try to take pics of the steps along the way! 🙂 I hope you give the granola a try! Please let me know if you! I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ve never made granola before. I’d love feedback!

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    Hope Veiga
    October 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    This recipe sounds great! I will definitely be giving it a try. I also want to try to yogurt recipe!! That sounds a bit intimidating but so good! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      graceinspiredhome
      October 11, 2017 at 11:10 am

      :):) You will have to let me know if you try it!!! Yogurt is a little intimidating to make but once you do it the first time you’ll be hooked! It’s really not hard at all! You just have to make sure you have the right tools available – IP, thermometer, strainer/colander!

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