Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola

June 10, 2015

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One time, I drank decaf coffee for an entire week and had no idea. I didn’t realize anything was off until I sleepily stumbled upon the bag of decaffeinated coffee, stared at it for about 10 seconds, and realized it said “decaf” on it. Huh. I’m not really sure what that says about me. Either it’s totally awesome that I can basically quit caffeine for a week with no negative side effects or it’s incredibly sad that my morning coffee doesn’t really seem to be having any positive effect on me. At least it makes me happy?

Weekday breakfasts don’t generally make me very happy since I typically eat the same thing at my desk every single morning: a Greek yogurt and grapes. I honestly just try to get some fuel into my body while I’m still waking up and this does the job. But occasionally I’ll bring something a little more exciting and it makes my day about 12 billion times happier and more exciting. This granola is one of those things. I made it sound all healthyish in the recipe title: Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola. But I left out the word “chocolate,” which is deceptive because there’s chocolate in there, too. Raisinets to be exact.

But you’re allowed a little a.m. chocolate when you’re getting all these grains and seeds in: oats, quinoa, and chia. Plus, you can simply sprinkle this granola on your yogurt if you still need that dairy fix.

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If you haven’t tried it before, you should know that granola is incredibly easy to make. Also? When you buy it at the store, it’s crazy expensive. But at home, you can make a whole lot of it for a whole lot less. Especially if you’re like me and you purchase 6 pounds of chia seeds for $20!! I bought them here on Amazon (it’s $25 now, but still an awesome deal!).

I coated my oat mixture in peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup for a super tasty and slightly sweet granola.

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I admit that I’m not a huge oatmeal fan and I’d much rather eat granola coated in peanut butter than oatmeal topped with peanut butter. Crunchy wins over mushy any day.

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Bonus points for the fact that your kitchen will smell like peanut butter and maple syrup for a few hours.

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The toughest part about making this recipe is waiting for the granola to cool, so you can add in the chocolate-covered raisins before you eat all of them.

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But really, you do need to let the granola cool before you enjoy it so that you’ll get all the nice granola clumps and clusters. Plus, the chocolate will get all melty if you add it in too soon.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola -- A healthy and delicious homemade granola! | wearenotmartha.com

And aren’t those clusters pretty? I am a big fan. There’s seriously something awesome about every bite of this.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola -- A healthy and delicious homemade granola! | wearenotmartha.com

I especially love that roasted peanut butter flavor, combined with the chocolate. I know I’m all “put this on your yogurt for breakfast” or “eat handfuls of this for a snack,” but I mean, maybe try putting it on ice cream instead? I honestly can’t decide whether to categorize this as a snack, breakfast, or dessert. If you’re a cereal-for-dinner type person, it could most definitely suffice as dinner, too.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola -- A healthy and delicious homemade granola! | wearenotmartha.com

Basically, you can’t go wrong and you should probably always have a couple mason jars of this in your house.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola -- A healthy and delicious homemade granola! | wearenotmartha.com

Seriously, just don’t spend crazy amounts of money anymore. There’s no need for it when you can have homemade, totally fresh and versatile granola in your home at all times. This makes me SO happy.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola -- A healthy and delicious homemade granola! | wearenotmartha.com

Be sure to get the full recipe for Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola below!

My apologies for being a little blog absent lately. I’ve had a crazyyy (in a good way!) couple weeks, including my friend’s wedding shower and my nephews’ 1st birthday! Cutest babies ever? YES. Also, how do I get them to stay this adorable age for longer?? This last year has been seriously amazing in large part because of these little guys. (photo from Adrienne Jeanne Photography)

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Chris and I also celebrated our 3-year anniversary yesterday. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we said “I do,” but I feel like we’ve done so much and have had a seriously fun time along the way. I feel so lucky in my life!

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Do you buy granola or make your own?

Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola
 
This tasty granola is perfect as either a snack or breakfast. The indulgent peanut butter and chocolate-covered raisins is balanced out with a healthy mix of old fashioned oats, quinoa, and chia seeds.
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Recipe type: Snack
Makes: about 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2½ C old fashioned oats
  • ¾ C dry quinoa
  • ¼ C chia seeds
  • ½ C peanut butter
  • ½ C coconut oil
  • ¼ C maple syrup
  • ⅓ C chocolate-covered raisins
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. Mix oats, quinoa, and chia seeds together in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup and warm over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and toss to combine and coat oats.
  5. Spread oat mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, until granola begins to turn golden brown. Be sure to stir mixture every 15 minutes or so to ensure even baking.
  7. Let granola cool on baking sheet before tossing in bowl with chocolate-covered raisins.
  8. Store granola in airtight containers.

 

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18 Responses to "Peanut Butter Quinoa Chia Granola"

  1. oooh what a great granola recipe! i totally worked my way through that amazon deal chia a couple years ago. good stuff. 🙂

  2. I’ve always wanted to add quinoa to granola! This looks fantastic, Sues! Love the peanut butter flavor!

  3. I did the exact same thing with the coffee once! I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t waking me up for a few days and then finally realized it was decaf. Oops! Please send a big batch of this granola in my direction.

  4. Yes, my weekday breakfast isn’t that fabulous either, I usually have a big fruit salad from a place that I like, I get mango, pineapple and a side of bacon, I just love bacon lately, must cut down, having this granola on had would make my mornings so much better.

  5. Yum! I am so going to have to try making granola!

  6. Justine says:

    Loving this as breakfast, lunch and dinner! I also love your wedding pics and those cutie pie babies!

  7. 3 years?!? Congrats girl!! ALSO, this granola looks so yummy. Love the flavour!

  8. Oh my gosh I gasped when I read the beginning of this post. So cruel! I would’ve had a splitting headache within a few hours!! I’m jealous you actually had no negative side effects – sometimes I feel like a slave to the caffeine. This granola looks all kinds of delicious! Quinoa is a great addition.

  9. I always make my own granola, and love new ideas, so thanks for sharing. As for the decaf coffee, that would not have worked for me 🙂

  10. Love homemade granola and this one sounds delicious! The peanut butter, quinoa and chia seeds are such a great combo! Congrats on 3 years, love the photo!

  11. ramit says:

    So awesome that you don’t cook the quinoa first. Can I use chunky peanut butter in this recipe?

  12. Yummy! I love homemade granola – especially when it involves peanut butter and chocolate… 😉

  13. Talk about delish! I love making my own cereal at home. And a big congratulations on your wedding anniversary! What a wonderful achievement 🙂

  14. Awe, congrats on your 3 year anniversary! This granola looks so good, and I’m the same way with coffee!

  15. I also eat the same thing at my desk every day (toast and coffee) 🙁 but granola (with chocolate) sounds SO much better!

  16. Barbara says:

    Happy Anniversary, Sues! And that photo of your nephews is adorable!
    Great granola recipe…never thought to Add peanut butter to mine.

  17. Joanne says:

    Gah. You guys and the twins are SO ADORABLE! I want to hug you all. This granola would definitely liven up my workweek breakfasts!

  18. Sues says:

    @Ramit- Yes! I think chunky peanut butter would be awesome 🙂

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