pumpkin maple quinoa granola

October 3, 2010

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.. for this, I apologize. I know I said I would “be back later” with copious amounts of recipes. However, I never did say when later was, did I?

Yesterday turned out to be so busy I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had planned on doing a longer run, but somehow time and events just got away from me and that did not happen. Oh well.. another day I suppose. The husband and I ended up seeing “Life as We Know It” last night with the bestie — it was by far one of the best movies I have seen in quite some time. Hilarious, yet I wanted to cry every other scene. You must see it!

I woke up this morning really anticipating my bowl of oats for a couple of reasons: one, I am always a starvin’ marvin when I wake up. Two, I was excited to put some Pumpkin Maple Quinoa Granola on top of it.

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Oh yes… you did read correctly. This granola is probably the best thing I have ever created in my entire life. It smelled like fall in my house as it was baking yesterday. This stuff is totally warming my heart today — I love the satisfaction of eating something created solely by me.

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Pumpkin Maple Quinoa Granola

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup each of: flax seed meal, chia seeds, chopped pecans, whole almonds, sunflower seeds, cranberries

This is actually really easy to make, so do not think to yourself that you cannot do it if you have never made quinoa before!

First, pour your quinoa, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla into a saucepan over medium high heat. Let the quinoa absorb the liquid (about 15 minutes). Although you are supposed to do use 2 cups liquid per every 1 cup of quinoa, using less is better for this particular recipe.

Next, combine your pumpkin puree, maple syrup, chia seeds, and flax to another bowl. Stir until combined.

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In a large bowl (this is the bowl you will use to stir in all the ingredients, so make sure it is BIG!), combine the nuts and cranberries. Give it a toss so they are mixed through.

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Now, after 15 minutes have passed, your quinoa should have absorbed the majority of the liquid. You’ll want most of the quinoa to have “popped” — if not all have popped open, don’t worry. It gives the granola a little more crunch.

Take your quinoa and add it to the bowl with the nuts. Top with your pumpkin/maple syrup mixture. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.

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Feel free to add more cinnamon/maple syrup at this time.

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Spread your quinoa mixture on a greased jelly roll pan. If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, it will be okay. Just use a cookie sheet. A jelly roll pan just makes it easier to stir while it’s baking.

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Cook your granola in a 350 degree oven for one hour, stirring ever 10 minutes. After you have taken it out of the oven, please be sure to let it cook completely as you do not want your granola to be mushy.

Oh, and try not eat the entire pan while it’s cooling — this takes a lot of self control.

Enjoy your granola in oatmeal, as a cereal, or in yogurt!

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I wish I could box a jar of this up for everyone and send it to you. Someday when I have unlimited funds and times, I’ll be sure to do that. But for now, go make it for yourself. You’ll be thanking me later.

Question: What’s your favorite granola combination?

PS: More recipes still to come — I didn’t want any other recipe to try to compete with this one this morning. There probably would have been a fight.

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa October 3, 2010 at 7:53 am

I’ve never thought of putting quinoa as the base of granola. That is genius! =)


Megan October 3, 2010 at 8:10 am

This granola looks sooo good! I’ve never seen it made with quinoa! I love coconut and pecan granola. I love to just eat it plain!


Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com October 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

That looks SO good! I wish quinoa wasn’t so expensive b/c I really want to make that granola!


missymiller October 3, 2010 at 9:09 am

That’s genius.


Ashlei October 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

That looks amazing! Did you cook the quinoa first in water, then put the cooked quinoa in the milk? Or just do the initial cooking in milk?


cleaneatingchelsey October 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

Nope, I just let it do its thang in the almond milk!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

Oh wow, this granola looks amazing! I’ve never tried granola made with quinoa before! Actually I’ve never tried granola with pumpkin either, but I bet it would be delicious. I have to try this recipe for sure! :D


dmcgirl37 October 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

I so need to pick up some pumpkin!!!

Dana xo


healthyexposures October 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Oh this looks SO good!! I would definitely be buying it if I saw it on the shelves ;) For some reason, granola is one of those things I don’t make myself very often, or really use very often, but I really should. When the feeling strikes me to fix that, you better believe this is what I’ll be making ;)


Natalia - a side of simple October 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Mmm I can’t wait to try this! The fact that it’s gluten-free is beyond amazing.


kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com October 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

THIS LOOKS SO YUMMY CHELSEY!! i love how it looked in the bowl too with fresh diced apples!! the quinoa gives it a wonderful textured look and pumps up the protein content too!! <3


Amy @ Second City Randomness October 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hmm… I think we should taste test this stuff next time there’s a meetup… just a thought. ;)


cleaneatingchelsey October 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I mean, I think I could arrange this for yoU!


Kris | iheartwellness.com October 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Holy cow! this looks divine! I am making this bad boy batch today….thank you!!!



cleaneatingchelsey October 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Let me know how you like it!


kbwood October 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

QUINOA in GRANOLA!!! genius girl.. you are aweeeesome. i hope you had a GREAT WEEKEND!


Lauren October 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I really need to try making my own granola. Yours looks wonderful :)


teenagehealthfreak October 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

omg!! this looks so amazing..you are genious!!! pumkin, quinoa….oh yeah. its just like bam fall! :) i do have one question….i don’t have maple syrup…and i’d hate to go changin’ the recipe..but would honey work?? that’s all i have right now…:(


cleaneatingchelsey October 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Honey would most definitely work – you just need something to “bind” it all together.


highonhealthy October 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm

That looks so good! I want it. I’ve yet to meet a granola that I haven’t loved and wanted to devour instantly. There’s just something so deliciously satisfying about it.


Leah @ Why Deprive? October 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm

This granola looks amazing! I’ve never made my own granola before, but I think now I might have to!


Katy October 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

This looks delicious! I’ve tried making granola with quinoa before, but it wasn’t cooked before hand. I’ll definitely have to try it your way!


ytotheummy October 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm

that granola looks like something i would want to scrub on all over my body for the rest of my life. deliciiouusss.


izzy October 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Ahh I am most definately stealing this recipes! Quinoa is my favourite grain (that isn’t really a grain…but y’know…;P) and pumpkin-ANYthing is a winner in my books!



Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It looks delicious! My favorite flavor is peanut butter! Homemade granola is so good!


Adeline October 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

That looks amazing! Granola just got that much more exciting – now I want to try making granola out of other grains. Can’t wait to test this out!


carascravings October 4, 2010 at 5:10 am

Looks delish!
I love your creative combo.
When it comes to granola, anything makes me happy!


TheHealthyApron October 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

ooo so different! I’m intrigued!

I know the feeling of making bloggie promises and then real life gets in the way! No worries!


GetHealthyWithHeather October 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I am all over this recipe! Love the ingredients, thanks for sharing the pumpkin goodness :)


Nikki Snow October 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I made this today…found your blog off of I heart wellness. I LOVE this—super awesome!!


cleaneatingchelsey October 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I am so glad you liked it!!!


allieatfood October 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Yummm! Looks really good especially in that pretty jar :)


aurélie February 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I just get it out from the oven!
I hadn’t any pumpkin can but use some cooked one that i squashed (good word? I don’t speak English well..) with a fork.
I’m not a good cooker but I’ve just started (try to start) a Gluten free sugar free dairy free diet.
I hope it will calm down my acne that came up again (after 3 accutane treatments!) at almost 21 yrs old.
If anyone had a good experience of healing for an awful skin condition (acne and dry skin), please tell me more!
Chelsey you’re lovely and look like a girl anyone would want to have as a friend!
Wish you a wonderful health!


cleaneatingchelsey February 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Thank you so much – I love your name. It reminds me of France. :)


cleaneatingchelsey February 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

and “squashed” with a fork was an awesome way to say it!!!


jordanarae April 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m late to the party but I made this last night and almost died. Who says pumpkin can only be a fall food?


Katie August 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Just made this… & It’s almost already gone! SO GOOD!


electrical contractors lancaster pa September 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This was a great post, thanks for the info.


kathy November 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

This looks so yummy! i\m gping to make it tomorow. Just 1 question. Do you use original or vanilla almond milk or does it mtter?


kathy November 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

This looks fantastic! What a great idea! i’m going to make it tomorow. Just 1 question. Do you use original or vanilla almond milk or does it mtter?


cleaneatingchelsey November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

doesn’t matter!


kathy November 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I just made this granole and I love love it! It will be a staple in my cupboard for sure. Thanks!!


Sarah March 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Do you know if just toasting the quinoa would work without soaking?Is toasted quinoa something you have tried?
Great recipes!


Karen April 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

Typically quinoa needs to be rinsed prior to use and I see you didn’t indicate to do so I’m assuming it will be fine. Just popped mine in the oven. Smells soooo good in my kitchen :)


Gabrielle May 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

I’m baking my second batch of this wonderful granola. Thank you for this great and utterly healthy recipe. I love quinoa and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it.


Natasha January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Delicious!!! Thanks so much for this great recipe! I didn’t have almond milk, so I used cow’s milk (makes it a little less healthful, i know…. :( ) and added a splash of almond extract- though I don’t think the extract was necessary. I’m working hard at not eating it all from the pan while it’s cooling …..


cleaneatingchelsey January 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

I wouldn’t say cow’s milk is less healthful – everyone has their own preferences! :)


Ramona March 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I am making it now,…..and it tastes fabulous! Thank you!


Sara January 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Someone may have already asked this, or I may be totally overlooking it, but when did you add the coconut in the recipe? If you wrote it in there and I’m completely misreading, I apologize!!


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