Apple Spice Quinoa Granola.

This crunchy apple granola is packed with nutrients and will soon become a favorite. Spiced with cinnamon and cloves, it makes the perfect fall snack.

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon. Healthy snacking made easy!

It’s been far too long since I shared a granola recipe with you.  But I’ve secretly been making different granola recipes all summer. Snacking on them helped me get through my cookbook manuscript! Late nights and early mornings – we’re talking 4am alarms – all summer long. Munching on mocha java granola kept me awake, alert, and… sane.

Homemade granola, while boring to some, is actually one of my favorite things to munch on.  In fact, I think it is far from boring!  So many textures, so much crunch, the flavor possibilities are endless, dried fruit, nuts, the whole shebang.  Eaten for breakfast, pre-workout, post-workout, midnight munchie, or sitting at my desk – I never tire of this stuff! The only downside to granola? It is so addicting!

But I can think of worse problems.

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon. Healthy snacking made easy!

When I make granola, I like to focus on whole, natural foods.  Healthy foods to balance out my Reese’s bar obsession, foods without a bunch of excess sugar, and foods that I buy on the reg – so I don’t have to make any extra trips to the grocery store. Not only is homemade granola so simple to throw together at home, but you have complete control over the ingredients.  Oh, and it’s cheap to make at home too.

My #1 granola recipe has got to be this one (peanut butter, duh) – but the more I snack on my recent apple-spice batch, the more I am convinced I’ve got a new fave. Warming flavors like cinnamon, clove, maple, apple, vanilla, and almond merge together bite after bite.  Whole-grain, fiber-packed, gluten free quinoa gives the clusters a nice crunch. Chunks of real apple release their juices, so each bite is infused with their flavor. This stuff is seriously the best.

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon.  Healthy snack by sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you’re not familiar with quinoa – you should be!  It’s pronounced keen-wa.  Not qwee-no-a.  Don’t worry, I had no idea how to say the word a couple years ago. Quinoa is a super food. It’s a type of whole grain with a huge list of perks: gluten free, fiber-packed, protein-packed, high in iron, low in fat, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and vegan. My soon-to-be sister in law, Kerry, makes amazing quinoa patties with lots of herbs and spices. I’ll have to share that recipe sometime if you’re interested!

The quinoa in this granola is essentially flavorless, but it does bring a nice “toasty” flavor to each cluster. It also supplies much more nutritional benefit, as opposed to making the granola with only oats. I think I’m going to sprinkle uncooked quinoa on pretty much all of my granolas from now on. ;)

I buy quinoa at my regular grocery store in the rice aisle.

My favorite quinoa

Besides quinoa, this spiced granola is packed with real apples, almonds, and raisins. I peeled and finely diced a large honey crisp apple (my favorite!) and tossed it into the mix.  The apple pieces release their juices and stay slightly soft as the granola bakes. They are a fabulous contrast to the crunchy clusters – perfect for texture freaks like me.  I also added almonds, both slivered and whole, as well as a medley of colorful raisins. The nuts and raisins are completely optional, but the more “stuff” in my granola, the better.  They both pair so nicely with the spices and apple flavor as well.

The granola gets its flavor from the apple, as well as pure maple syrup, a touch of brown sugar, applesauce, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla.  Yeah, it’s quite flavorful.  Full of all of my favorite fall spices. PS: a pumpkin granola recipe is coming soon.

I found that the granola wasn’t nearly as flavorful or sweet without the 1/4 cup of brown sugar, so don’t leave it out.  1/4 cup is such a teensy amount as well – especially spanned over 5 cups of granola.  You could try adding more pure maple syrup instead, but that stuff is so expensive!

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon.  Healthy snack by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon.  Healthy snack by sallysbakingaddiction.com

The granola slow-cooks in the oven at a 325F degree temperature. This will give it that beautiful, addicting little crunch. Some granola pieces will be soft from the apples, but the quinoa gives the majority of each handful a crispity, crunchity bite.

Don’t go too far as the granola bakes – you’ll need to stir it around every 10-15 minutes or so. Otherwise it could burn. Just wait until you smell this baking in your kitchen. My kitchen STILL smells amazing and I made this yesterday morning.

The granola is vegan and gluten free (if you’re using certified GF oats).  I have many readers ask me for more vegan recipes, so I am happy to share today’s tasty treat!  PS: you can find all of my vegan recipes here and all of my gluten free recipes here. A few of my very favorite recipes fall into both categories. My upcoming cookbook also has a slew of both vegan and GF options too. ;)

Crunchy Apple Spice Granola packed with quinoa, almonds, maple, and cinnamon.  Healthy snack by sallysbakingaddiction.com

I am completely in love with this maple-infused, cinnamon-spiced, autumn-inspired granola.  It’s SO hard to put down because each bite is completely different. Luckily I don’t have to feel too bad munching on the healthy stuff. Love it when that happens!

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Apple Spice Quinoa Granola

This crunchy granola is packed with nutrients and will soon become a favorite. Spiced with cinnamon and cloves, it makes the perfect fall snack.

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup almonds (I used a mixed of slivered and whole)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled & diced (any variety)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.  Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the oats, quinoa, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt together until combined.  Fold in the dived apple. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla, applesauce, maple syrup, and brown sugar.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix until everything is moistened.  Spread onto two baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, making sure to stir the granola every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning.  Allow granola to cool for 20 minutes on the baking sheets. This will help it get crunchier. Pour into a large bowl and add the raisins.

Cover tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Granola will lose its crunch overtime because of the apples.

*Make sure your oats are certified gluten free if you have an intolerance. 

*You may use honey, agave, or light corn syrup as the liquid sweetener.  Keep in mind that using honey means your granola is no longer vegan.

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109 Responses to “Apple Spice Quinoa Granola.”

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted September 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Oh heaven help me and my thighs. I am a granola addict and it’s because of YOU. But instead of being mad at you and sending you the bill for my fat jeans, I will love you unconditionally because this granola looks BOOOOOMB. Never thought to add quinoa to it! And tis the season for everything spiced. Love apple spice!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 9:54 am

      I had a feeling you’d like this Hayley. You love apple-y things as much as I do!!

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    Madisonposted September 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This looks amazing and so hearty! I cannot wait to whip this up in my kitchen. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hope you enjoy, Madison!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted September 24, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Perfect fall granola with the yummy spices and scent to go along! Cant wait to snack on this!

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted September 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This granola looks great! I love the idea of putting quinoa in it, I have never tried that. I’m with you, I don’t think granola is boring at all! So delicious. I love that green silpat!

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    Natasha @ The Cake Merchantposted September 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

    This looks like the perfect fall snack. And your photos are always lovely, but these are just gorgeous! They make me want to dive right in!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Thank you very much Natasha!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Bakerposted September 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Granola can never be boring…who would think that? Silly! I’ve never thought to put quinoa in mine and what a great idea. I love this..all that apple-y flavors warms my cockles :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 11:35 am

      You’ll love the addition of quinoa, Zainab! Hope you try it.

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchenposted September 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This looks so delicious, hearty, and perfect for snacking on as I work or study! Definetly making this on a trip home from school!

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    Roseposted September 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I think I might go make this right now and eat it for lunch! Love the quinoa – I’ve been looking for more ways to use it.
    I’ve got someone who’s allergic to nuts (I know, it’s so sad). I was wondering if it would be ok to just leave them out, but then my brain turned on and reminded me that I could use pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Yes! Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds would be great substitutes! I have to try this with pumpkin seeds next time. ;) Hope you enjoy, Rose!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchenposted September 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Granola is soooo not boring! And this granola is a straight up show-stopper! I love the added crunch from quinoa. Pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for pinning Kelli!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figsposted September 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I love quinoa, homeade granola and apple spice so this recipe is a total must-try for me! It looks so darn addictive, I’d be able to eat it by the handful… I loove it :D

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      You ahve to try it, Consuelo! Sounds like a no brainer – you’d love it!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    One of my most popular recipes last fall was my pumpkin spice granola. I was just wanting to remake it, put a fresh spin on it, and was wondering what I could do – quinoa! Except now I won’t be doing that :) Your granola looks and sounds amazing Sally. I know you love apples, granola, and snacky things so I bet you were just in love with this one! Pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I remember your PB pumpkin granola from last year! I can’t wait to make a pumpkin version of my own, but I don’t think anyone can top pb + pumpkin + granola = three of my faves in one. ;)

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    Jessa Briposted September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, yum!!! I make homemade granola all the time! My last batch was pumpkin- SO good! I really want to try your Mocha Java Latte Granola but, alas, I cannot eat chocolate or coffee… or eggs, gluten, dairy, tomatoes, and citrus fruits for that matter. Try loving to be in the kitchen and wanting desperately to be a baker, but not being able to eat the foods in that list, as well as not being able to touch eggs. Makes you experiment a lot with allergy-free recipes! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Oh goodness, Jessa! So many allergies for you. I can’t imagine reading food blogs and not being able to eat many of the recipes! But your pumpkin granola sounds amazing. I love pumpkin anything!

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      • Jessa Brireplied on September 25th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        Sometimes it is hard for me to read food blogs (especially yours- all this delicious-looking food!), but when I look at a recipe my mind immediately goes to trying to figure out how to make it allergy-free. I do love converting a recipe that has gluten, eggs, dairy, etc. to something that I can eat! :)

    • Sherireplied on October 15th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Jessa- I just tried to make this with gluten free oats and it did not work out. :( It was my first attempt making granola though, so maybe I just need to work out the kinks). What kind of gf oats do you use and do you adjust any of the ingredients?

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      • Jessa Brireplied on October 16th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        My reply to your question ended up further down on the page! Oops! :)

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    Darleneposted September 24, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. and please please please share your soon to be sister-in-law’s recipe for the quinoa patties.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      I’ll try to grab the recipe from her Darlene. And maybe share it for a savory change on my blog. :)

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    Christina S.posted September 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’m so happy that you have so many recipes that involve apples! I just picked a ridiculously huge amount of apples from a local farm nearby and this week I have made your sky high apple pie muffins, caramel apple cinnamon rolls, baked apple chips, and now I am making this granola tonight, it looks as if I have a problem :/ This granola looks unbelievable and I can’t wait to to try it!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      It sounds like you love apples as much as I do, Christina! My favorite dessert in the whole world is apple pie – so yes, I love baking with apples! I hope you enjoy this granola!

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    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugarposted September 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    How could granola be boring when you have so many awesome flavors mixed in!? My gosh, this looks soooo good!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I agree, Lindsay – it can’t be boring!!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweetposted September 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I love quinoa but have not tried it in granola before! I need too!!

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    Shelby S http://bellabakesdotnet.wordpress.com/posted September 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Oh I love it when you post guilt free recipes! This looks fantastic I love the idea of quinoa in granola! So yummy! :)

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    Tahnycooksposted September 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    This would be hard for me to keep my hands out of!! I love granola and this one looks absolutely delicious!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      It is very hard to resist this granola, that’s for sure!

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    Nora (Buttercream Fanatic)posted September 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    This recipe is so perfect, Sally! I love making my own granola, and have been looking for a good recipe that incorporates quinoa. Plus the fall flavors? What a winner!

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    Emily @ Life on Foodposted September 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I make granola all of the time but never with quinoa. I need to try this ASAP. Looks great and I love the apple spice flavoring!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Adding quinoa will take your granola to the next level. ;)

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    Abbie @ Needs Saltposted September 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This granola looks so addictive! I LOVE how you added quinoa – it’s one of my favorite things ever. :) I’m definitely trying this recipe next time I make granola!
    Pinning!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Abbie! Hope you enjoy it.

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    Caleyposted September 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What an interesting twist, adding quinoa! I’m sure that’s delicious…I’m a fan of all kind of grains in general. So much variety, so little time! ;) This sounds so delicious. I love fall spices, and I think I would add Craisins, because apple/cranberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Great pictures, capturing little quinoa balls! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I know you love fall spices – and adding Craisins is a great idea Caley! I put them into another fall-spiced granola I made this week. (recipe coming soon!)

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    Emilyposted September 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Is there anything I could substitute for the unsweetend applesauce?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      You could use apple butter instead. Or even 1 large mashed banana – but your granola won’t be nearly as crunchy.

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    Jen and Emily @ Layers Of Happinessposted September 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    This looks sooo yummy! I love granola soo much… this is our favorite granola recipe: http://layersofhappiness.com/vanilla-scented-fruit-nut-granola-clusters/
    And we even made granola cup! Fill them with yogurt and they are the perfect breakfast on the go!
    http://layersofhappiness.com/granola-cups-holding-all-kinds-of-good-things/

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    • Sallyreplied on September 24th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      The vanilla, cranberry, and pecan clusters looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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    Tieghanposted September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I am loving the addition of quinoa!! And apple spice?? Yes please! I just made granola, but I think I have to make yours. It is everything I LOVE and then some! I love making sweet desserts, but like you I like keeping my granola on the healthy side! I snack all day on if after all!

    Oh and pleas tell me those 4am alarm clock are done for? That is rough!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 8:10 am

      YES! No more 4am wake up calls – manuscript is DONE! Time to celebrate – with some of your salted caramel popcorn cookies n cream peanut butter amazingness bars. lol!

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    Laura Dembowskiposted September 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Homemade granola is my favorite thing too! I have been putting quinoa in it for months now and wouldn’t have it any other way. Never thought to add a fresh apple. I know what I’ll be baking tomorrow :)

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    Amyposted September 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Oh my Sally, your granola looks AMAZING! For me, granola is classified as an “out-of-control” food. As in, once I start, I just can’t stop. Ever. I baked my own homemade granola every weekend for 2+ years (almost always using TONS of cinnamon!), and I’d go through 4-5 cups by myself in less than a week. I started doubling the recipe and still couldn’t make it through 7 days! Embarrassing. So I no longer bake or keep granola in the house. Eventually I hope to curb my addiction, but until then, I’ll drool over your photos! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 8:05 am

      I need to stop making granola because it’s my out of control food too! I always make Kevin take the extras to work or else I’d eat all 5 cups in one day! Lots of cinnamon – YES!

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      • Amyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        You’re such a smart lady! I just left mine on the countertop in one of those cute ice cream parlor candy jars. It was just too tempting to take the lid off and nibble at another handful!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted September 25, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I was literally typing up my own fall granola as I read this, and I immediately kicked myself for not using quinoa! Love all the additions to this one, Sally! And homemade granola is one of my favorite snacks too!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 8:05 am

      I bet your fall inspired granola is amazing Ari!

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    Kristyposted September 25, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I love granola! This sounds amazing!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted September 25, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I always love your granola recipes! And this one is no exception. Love the added quinoa – definitely need to try that next!

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    Erinposted September 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Looks delicious, as always! I love that the apple pieces stay soft! Talk about tasty. And I’m really looking forward to your pumpkin granola! I was thinking of creating my own recipe but was like “Hmm, I wonder if Sally will do it.” You teach me so much through your posts! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I plan to share pumpkin granola next week! Thanks Erin :) We think alike.

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    Becca @ Crumbsposted September 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Ooh I do love granola and muslei, it really is good at any time of the day as you said!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapienposted September 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Holy moly. I want to eat bowls upon bowls of this with vanilla almond milk. What a dream! This is just TOO perfect for fall. Pinned.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Oh it’s just SO good with vanilla almond milk, Alexis! That’s how I’ve been enjoying it this week. Thank you for pinning!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted September 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Granola snacking is my favorite kind of snacking. The crunch of the oats, toasted nuts, and sweet fruit–yum!

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    Roseposted September 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    WOW! Sally’s baking addiction is about to become my food obsession. Thank you for a new granola next week and weeks to come.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Rose! I hope you try this granola out.

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    Jessicaposted September 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Excellent recipe! Used dehydrated apples instead of fresh to avoid the extra moisture and it turned out great!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Great! Thanks Jessica.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted September 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    LOVE this recipe for pumpkin granola, Sally! Excellent idea to add the quinoa for the protein. I enjoy pumpkin granola in almond milk. Cannot wait to try your recipe, YUM! Thanks for sharing, girl! xo

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted September 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Your granola recipes are always fantastic, Sally! Love the idea of adding quinoa to it! And I CAN’T WAIT to see your pumpkin version!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2013 at 9:22 am

      YAY! I’m sharing the pumpkin version next week Ashley! xoxo

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted September 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I’ve been meaning to make granola with quinoa in it. Love these flavors!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2013 at 9:45 am

      This granola is right up your alley, Erin!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted September 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Granola is on my list of must-make items this fal!! It seems like a great addition to my snack list and I LOVE ones like this – apple spice?!? Sally this is fabulous!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 26th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Jess! You’d love this stuff!

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    Cathyposted September 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Looks amazing! Just wondering though, since I’m not exactly the super-crunchy-granola type, how would you make the granola a bit, well, softer?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 27th, 2013 at 7:31 am

      I would add more chopped apples. They will release their moisture and make the granola softer. Or slightly reduce the oil.

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    Kellyposted September 27, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This looks great! Just wondering – I haven’t cooked with quinoa much but I’ve always read that you must rinse it thoroughly first. Should I do this before putting it into this granola recipe?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 27th, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Hi Kelly! If your quinoa comes pre-rinsed, then no you don’t have to. It should say on the bag. I pre-rinsed my quinoa and patted completely dry. Remember, you are using uncooked quinoa not cooked in this granola recipe.

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    Lizposted September 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    We are totally on the same brainwave, Sally! I made an apple spice granola a few weeks ago, with quinoa (and I used coconut oil as well, to creepy), and I just made pumpkin granola the other day! Bring on the fall-flavored granolas. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 28th, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Oh goodness Liz, I can’t even remember your apple granola right now. (if you posted it!) That’s how scatterbrained I am at the moment! I am in love with pumpkin granola! This is the best time of year. So many flavors to play around with.

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      • Lizreplied on September 28th, 2013 at 10:47 am

        Didn’t post it yet. :) And I agree, fall is my favorite for baking!

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    Hayleyposted September 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    hi sally! i just made this and i didn’t have applesauce, so i used apple cider instead. since the apple cider is pretty sweet already i reduced the amount of maple syrup to 1/4 cup and it turned out really well! just wanted to say this incase anyone else doesn’t have apple sauce on them and thanks so much for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 29th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      great to know about the apple cider, Hayley! Thanks so much. I’ll have to try it.

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    Terryposted September 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I really want to make this now, but I only have sweetened applesauce and no pure maple syrup. I can use honey instead of syrup, right? Is sweetened applesauce ok? Also, can I use light brown sugar instead of dark?
    Guess I really need to go to the store, uh!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 30th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Hi Terry! No worries, you can use what you have on hand. No need to make the extra trip to the store. You can use the sweetened applesauce and honey instead of the maple syrup. And light brown sugar it OK too. Enjoy!

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      • Terryreplied on September 30th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Thanks Sally! I ended up doing that and it is delish!! Can’t stop eating it!!
        I am enjoying all your recipes.

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    Janet Tposted September 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Saturday was baking day- made this granola ( it burned a bit, so I turned down the oven and turned it every 10 minutes- even the burned bits are good)- and your soft pretzels- they were amazing- I’m a bit addicted to your site- and then home made pizza- I can tell the pretzels are going to be a wonderful new addition to our game day food menu!

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    • Sallyreplied on September 30th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Janet, I’m so happy this granola was a huge hit! I just love its flavor. And the pretzels? Even better. Yes, perfect game day food! I am so happy that you love my website. It means the world to me that you stopped back to let me know about the goodies you’ve made. :)

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    Sarahposted October 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Loved the flavors of this! I had some trouble getting mine to cluster and turn out crunchy though.. My initial thought was to maybe dice my apple more finely? If you could give me any tips on how to achieve this, that would be great! Really love this over plain greek yogurt!! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 2nd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Sarah! Yep, you could try to dice your apple to be a tad smaller. Also, try not to overcrowd the granola on the baking sheet. I bake my granola in batches. The more space it has, the crunchier it gets because it’s not all on top of each other. Does that make sense?

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      • Sarahreplied on October 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Yes, it does! Thank you- I will definitely be making this again!

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    Susan Davisposted October 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Do you prewash the quinoa befor using it like we do when cookibg it?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 8th, 2013 at 5:57 am

      Hi Susan! Yes, if the quinoa is not pre-washed already, I will wash and pat it dry.

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    Sallyposted October 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Yes, powdery quick oats are not ideal for granola that’s for sure.

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    Kimberlyposted November 17, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I tried this tonight and instead of using applesauce (didn’t have any) I used pumpkin puree instead – ended up being a lovely delish “Fall Harvest” granola, thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Very good! That sounds wonderful. I love pumpkin and apples together.

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    Lisaposted December 12, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Can you use quinoa instead of oatmeal, I have problems with gluten and whole grain and have sensitivities with oats? I’m not sure gluten free oats would resolve the issues. Want to find recipes that I can make with quinoa as the replacement. Do you use the quinoa flakes or just plain, have never used before. Thanks! Sounds yummy!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 12th, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Hi Lisa, you do need some sort of oat to go along with the quinoa. Though I’ve never tried it before, I assume the quinoa wouldn’t hold as much of the flavoring or the ingredients together as oats would. If that doesn’t matter to you, perhaps you could just add more quinoa and more add-ins like nuts and then leave out the oats.

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      • Lisareplied on December 12th, 2013 at 8:01 am

        I will try that with more nuts! Thanks for your response! I love nuts, loved oats too, but they don’t love me!

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    krissywposted January 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I made this yesterday and it’s so good!! I left the apple out BC I wanted to make a big batch of your baked apple chips and ended up crumbling some in after baking. I’m gonna make more and add the apple this time BC this batch is almost gone already….so yummy…thanks for the recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah! So glad you tried it – and those crispy apple chips. So good together!

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    Sherryposted March 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I love your granola recipes!! Thank you soo much for sharing. SOOO, I made a double batch of the apple cinnamon quinoa granola before realizing the shelf life of 2 weeks. Is that the max shelf life? Will it spoil after because of the fresh apples required in the recipe? Any suggestions to extend the 2 weeks? Thanks soo much!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 2nd, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Put the granola in the refrigerator for another week. That will extend its shelf life. I’m sure it could even be left at room temperature for up to 3 week, I just have not tasted it and am unsure if the taste is affected.

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    Samanthaposted April 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This looks awesome! Do you think it will be ok if I do not use brown sugar, or will that mess up the consistency? I like things a little less sweet.

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    • Sallyreplied on April 15th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      That would be fine – though I really don’t like it without brown sugar. It doesn’t have nearly as much flavor. 1/4 cup isn’t much for 5 cups of granola.

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    Debbieposted June 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I made this this morning and love it. Thanks for sharing. It is going to go well with yougart and summer fruit!!!

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    Lynn Bradshawposted July 7, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I just discovered quinoa in the grocery store a few weeks ago and tried it and I love it! I dont even want rice anymore!! Its non processed so its diabetic friendly and my husband loves it! He doesnt hardly like anything healthy!! I had first learned about it in my nutrition class at college on how to say it properly and all that,
    I am going to have to try this granola because it sounds really healthy and filling unlike most granolas which are high in fat.

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    Joyceposted October 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Is the Quinoa bitter because it is not rinsed?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 26th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      not at all – it takes on the sweet flavor from the brown sugar and maple syrup.

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    Sharonposted November 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Just made this. So yum!!

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    Caterinaposted November 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Your granola recipes are the best Sally! I can’t decide which one is my favourite but its this recipe and your pumpkin spice granola neck in neck. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations.

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