Pom-Apple Spice Quinoa Granola

P1150824It’s pretty hard to find someone that doesn’t like granola–the nutty-crunchy-dried-fruit goodness is pretty hard to resist. 

But once a synonym for ‘healthy’, granola has fallen off of it’s high horse. News segments have pointed out store-bought brands soaring calorie counts, blog posts have railed about excessive amounts of sugar, and countless eyes have skimmed over articles entitled ‘Is Your Granola Really That Healthy?’

And it’s true– most grocery store granolas are full of sugar, calories, and fat. 

Not mine.

P1150834Mine crunches with quinoa, fruit, raw almonds, and chia & flax seeds. Pomegranate and holiday spices give it a taste of the season, and Splenda, applesauce, and natural molasses give it a healthy sweetness. Gluten free and vegan, it’s great for a variety of diet restrictions. And at only 133 calories a serving, it makes for a perfect breakfast or snack.

P1150829An added bonus? Your house will never smell as good as when you’re baking it. 

Pom-Apple Spice Quinoa Granola
Serves 40
This super healthy granola combines quinoa, rolled oats, almonds, chia and flax seeds with apples and pomegranate for a delicious, low calorie breakfast or snack.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  2. 3/4 cups quinoa (uncooked)
  3. 3/4 cup raw, unbleached almonds
  4. 1/2 cup flax seeds
  5. 1/2 cup chia seeds
  6. 1/3 cup dried sour cherries
  7. 1/3 cup sultana raisins
  8. 2-3 apples, diced and cored
  9. Arils of one pomegranate
  10. 1/3 cup Splenda
  11. 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  12. 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  13. 1/4 cup molasses
  14. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  15. 2 tsp all spice
  16. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  17. 1 tsp ginger
  1. Preheat your oven to 325F/160C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your oats, quinoa, almonds, raisins, cherries, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, apples, and pomegranate.
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together your almond milk, applesauce, Splenda, and molasses.
  4. Pour your wet mixture over your dry mixture, and thoroughly mix-- you want everything to be coated!
  5. Spread evenly onto your baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes, occasionally stirring.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes on your baking sheets before removing.
  1. You might notice that this granola is less clumpy than what you'd buy in the store-- that's a GOOD thing! You know what makes those clumps? Sugar. You don't want that.
  2. If you are Celiac, please make sure your oats are certified gluten free.
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This granola keeps exceedingly well– I store mine in a large glass jar.

P1150837Try it plain, with some almond milk, or with a dollop of greek yogurt. However you eat it, you’re sure to love it!