Multi-Seed & Quinoa Granola Topping

This is a variation of granola that I like to use as a topping for smoothie bowls, non-dairy yogurt or overnight Chia & Oats for breakfast! This topping is super-high in protein due to the quinoa and seeds… plus it includes good fats like coconut oil and just a touch of sweetness! This crunchy topping is the perfect contrast in texture for a smoothie bowl or yogurt, or it can be enjoyed alone as a snack, or with some plant-based milk as a cereal!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 T sesame seeds
1 tsp cinnamon

In a small saucepan, heat:
3 T unrefined virgin coconut oil
2 T agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir.
Spread evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet using a spoon or spatula.
Bake for 23-25 min at 325 degrees until golden brown (watch closely not to burn).

 

 

Let cool completely and break up using spatula.
Store in an air-tight container.

 

 

 

Enjoy this granola topping for breakfast or any time of day!
It’s pictured here as a topping for a berry-banana smoothie bowl!

Yummy Granola (low-oil & low-sugar)

I’ve been making my own granola for longer than I can remember! I have tweaked the recipe over the years, and this is my favorite version these days. This granola includes lots of nuts and seeds, and therefore good fats and protein. Plus it definitely fills you up! I love to eat it any time of day, especially with fresh fruit and unsweetened almond milk!
Note: You can also add 1 cup raisins or dried fruit near the end of the baking process!

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

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1 cup natural unsalted almonds (or any nut combo)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, unsalted

Combine the chopped nuts/seeds with the following ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats (you can use gluten-free oats if desired)
1 Tblsp sesame seeds
2 tsp cinnamon

In a small saucepan, heat:
3 Tblsp oil (e.g. canola, coconut, etc)
2 Tblsp maple syrup (or honey or agave nectar)
3 Tblsp brown sugarhcv_granola-1-2
1 tsp vanilla extract

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine. That’s it!

Coat 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray and spread and pat granola evenly with a spatula.

Bake for 12 min and toss in pan and then pat down again.
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Bake for another 12 min and repeat. At this point you can also add in any dried fruit (e.g. 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries). Pat down again.

Bake for additional 5 min.
Allow to cool in pan and then store in air-tight container.

 

Enjoy for breakfast or as a snack any time of day!

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