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
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.
Bake granola mixture at 350 for approximately 20 minutes.
Be sure to allow the granola base to brown.
Add dried fruit to mixture stirring to combine. Flatten granola with rubber spatula and return to oven for 5 minutes.
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.