Warning, this recipe takes a long time. But the time is spent mostly waiting for it in the oven. The end result is well worth it! You guys remember my last granola recipe with quinoa. I must admit, I didn’t have the granola clusters, but that’s because I learned you were not supposed to stir it around. This time around, I learned better and left it untouched and used more than one pan (it makes a lot!)
I decided I would still stick to using quinoa, but I decided I would also add buckwheat and rolled oats. I also noticed that most granola recipes call for oil, but this recipe is completely oil-free! I also made my own dried fruit (apples and banana) and added it. It tastes sooooo good. You guys have to try this!
- 1 and 1/2 cup buckwheat
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds (or other nut)
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 3/4 cup maple syrup or agave (I used a combination)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- dried apples and bananas or other dried fruit
Soak the buckwheat, quinoa, and steel-cut oats overnight. This helps to make it easily digestible.
The next day, drain the grains. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line some trays with parchment paper (I used one large sheet pan and two smaller trays).
To the grain mixture, add the rolled oats, nuts, pumpkin and flax seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup/agave. Mix and pour into trays. Place in oven for about 4-5 hours, or until it feels dried and crisped up.
Let cool to room temperature. Break up the granola into clusters and mix in the dried fruit. Store in a mason jar or ziplock bag. Enjoy a good bowl of this for breakfast!
- If you want to make your own dried bananas, slice some semi-ripe bananas and soak in a bowl containing juice of half a lemon and water (to prevent it from browning) for ten minutes. Then place on lined baking sheet and place in oven at 190 degrees F for 8 hours or more until dried.
- To make dried apples, slice them and soak as above like bananas. After draining, you can add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to your mixture of apples. Place in an oven at 190 degrees F for about 4-6 hours, until you get apple chips!