Recipe by Jessia
The preparation time is long, but you can prepare the recipe in steps and can leave things unattended. There isn't much actual work involved. *recipe adapted from quinoa.com*
Top Review by Narshmellow
This is a good recipe for using quinoa. I only made the granola. I really enjoyed this and have made it a part of my breakfast cereals. The taste of the quinoa, seeds and grains is wonderful. I gave it four stars because I had to add a few things to give it a little more spice flavor. I added 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp cinnamon. I would also recommend you watch as your granola toasts, about every 7-10 minutes because with tiny seeds and quinoa it can brown really fast and you won't suspect it's done until it's REALLY browned.
- 1⁄2 cup soaked quinoa (1/4 cup dry)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄4 cup wheat germ
- 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds
- 1⁄4 cup coconut
- 1⁄4 cup cooking oil
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (3/4 cup dry)
- 1⁄2 cup mixed dried fruit (I used apricot, pear, apple, and cranberry)
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2-1 banana
- granola cereal
- 1⁄2 cup chopped dates or 1⁄2 cup other dried fruit
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak dry quinoa in 1/2 cup of water for two hours.
- To make the granola, mix all dry granola ingredients, including the soaked quinoa, in a bowl.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Heat oil and honey in a small saucepan until thin; stir into dry ingredients until mixed.
- Pour the granola mixture into a jelly roll pan and toast for 1 hour at 250 degrees, stirring occasionally.
- Store in a plastic bag until ready to use.
- Cook mixed dried fruit with 2 cups water at a simmer half the water has evaporated (about 45 minutes).
- Add 3/4 cup dry quinoa and enough water to cover plus a quarter inche and cook over medium heat 20 minutes, adding more water as needed.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Set aside 1 cup cooked quinoa; pour the rest of the quinoa with cooking liquid and fruit pieces into a blender.
- Blend until large fruit pieces are chopped up.
- Add 1/2 cup raisins, the salt, lemon juice, vanilla, and banana.
- (Mixture will be thick; stop the blender and push with spoon if you have to, adding water if needed) Spoon blender mixture into a bowl, stirring in granola, 1/2 cup dried fruit, and 1/2 cup raisins.
- Press into a greased and floured glass baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Cut into desired number of bars.