06 Mar

Gluten-Free Quinoa Goji Berry Granola

When talking to readers about their dietary concerns one of the first things they ask me about is breakfast or more specifically, breakfast cereal. For a large portion of the North American population, a bowl of cold breakfast cereal is a normal way to start the day. Bacon, eggs and toast might be an option for the weekend but people on the go want something quick and convenient. Problem is that convenience is one of the worst ways to start your day. The content of most cereals is no better than the average cookie yet they are marketed as healthy. Many cereals will spike your blood sugar and give an unhealthy dose of trans fats, preservatives, artificial dyes, flavours and other chemicals. Many are also made with GMO corn, soy and sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Unlike most cereals, my Gluten-Free Quinoa Goji Berry Granola is high in protein, low in carbs and has wonderful superfoods like goji berries and flax seeds throw in!
½ cup           organic unsweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp.          tahini (sesame butter — substitute another nut butter if unavailable)
1/2 tsp.         organic vanilla extract
2 tbsp.          pure honey
2 cups          rolled quinoa
3/4 cup         hazelnuts, sliced
2 tsp.            cinnamon
1/2 tsp.         nutmeg
1/2 tsp.         cardamom
1 tbsp.          ground flax seed 
1/2 cup         apple juice sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup         goji berries
1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add all the dry ingredients, except for the flax seeds, cranberries and goji berries, into the wet mixture. Stir it all together and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
4. Break up large clumps to ensure even cooking. 
5. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or longer if you have a cool oven. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even browning, until the granola is starting to crisp up and the nuts are getting toasty.
6. Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the flax seeds and dried berries. Allow granola to cool completely on the pan before transferring to an airtight container. It will get crunchy as it cools. Makes 6-7 servings.
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# Aureen Rozario 2015-03-03 13:45
You have the goji berries in your recipe. Even if they are organic they come from China. Are they ok to consume from that country?
# Donna Dillman 2015-10-08 20:19
for the uninitiated, is 'rolled' quinoa the same as quinoa flakes. Very excited planning menus from your books, Julie...
# Julie Daniluk 2015-10-08 20:36
Thank you for your feedback Donna!

Yes, the term rolled and flakes are interchangeable here.

Cheers, Julie
# Katelyn 2016-03-07 20:41
Hey Julie, just wondering how many servings this makes? Thank you!
# JulieDaniluk 2016-03-08 07:00
Hello Katelyn,

It is about 6-7 servings depending on your activity level.

Cheers, Juile
# sarat 2017-02-06 12:06
What is this being served on (in the picture)? Looks like yogurt. What would be a good dairy-free option? OR...is there a good yogurt that one should have in the diet?
# Julie Daniluk 2017-02-06 12:13
Hello Sarat,

Thanks for writing in. This recipe is being served with a coconut beverage. You can also serve it with a coconut/cashew yogurt that is featured in my new Hot Detox book.

Cheers! Julie
# NEVINE Massoud 2017-03-10 09:18
Julie, I was told by my dietitian that I should avoid tahini and all nuts.
# Julie Daniluk 2017-03-10 08:58
Hello Nevine,

Is there a medical reason she told you to avoid them? Perhaps you are allergic to them?

Cheers, Julie
# Kerri 2017-03-12 12:37
oh dear I can't find rolled quinoa, can I use Bob's Red Mill regular quinoa instead? Should I cook it first?
# Julie Daniluk 2017-03-12 14:19
Hi Kerri,

The rolled quinoa acts like rolled oats in this recipe. You can't make a 'granola' out of cooked whole quinoa. When you bake it, it will dehydrate down into small hard seeds again. Look for quinoa flakes or rolled quinoa in the health food section of your regular grocery store or at a health food store.

Cheers, Julie

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