Quinoa Chia Seed Granola

20130628-082803.jpgWhat is breakfast like in your house? Is it different on the weekends? I love breakfast. I love the ritual of it. These days my breakfast routine involves a small wild animal(the baby) spinning herself in circles on the floor while squealing at the cat. She shrieks, and the cat rolls over as if saying pet me more! And her “petting” is characterized by pulling handfuls of fur out of kitty. But that cat, I never would have thought it would be the cat, that is sooo patient and gentle with her. She loves that baby. So while the cat and the baby have their morning playtime, I make her and I breakfast. Sometimes it’s easier to just make her breakfast while I have something at the ready. She loves scrambled eggs. She will eat an entire egg when I let her. I always mix something green in with her eggs. Not that I need to hide it in there. Her favorite foods these days are all green.20130628-082906.jpgQuinoa Chia Seed Granola. It sounds super hippie-ish right? I’m pretty sure it borders on hippie. But there are waaay more things I could have added and didn’t. I tried to keep it along the lines of plain granola at least somewhat for my husbands sake. Granola is a great make-ahead breakfast for the week. It’s easy, quick and cheap. I made this up in a matter of minutes and then just stirred periodically while it baked away. The secret to the best granola is to turn the oven off when it’s almost done, and then walk away. For a few hours. It bakes in every bit of syrupy honey goodness and toasts the oats and almonds to perfection.

Quinoa Chia Seed Granola

Ingredients

4 cups oats
1 cup almonds
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix oats, almonds, quinoa, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small saucepan heat oil, maple syrup and honey until warm and well combined. Add to oat mixture and stir until well coated. Spread in an even layer in baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, removing from oven and stirring every 15 minutes. After 45 minutes have passed stir again and return to oven, turning oven off. Leave until completely cooled.

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