I have to admit, I was skeptical when I saw quinoa granola recipes popping up out there. Quinoa has such a earthy flavor and, frankly, smells kind of bad when you cook it. But I figured I’d give it a try because, despite not being the best smelling pot on the stove, I am still in love with quinoa. I’m so glad I did- this is some of the best granola I’ve had the pleasure of eating. The quinoa grains make for a crunch unlike regular granola, and it lends a really satisfying texture.
What’s the big deal with quinoa?
It’s one of the best grains out there that you can eat. Quinoa is high in protein, but what makes it particularly beneficial is that the protein it supplies is complete protein. That means that all nine amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) are supplied, making it well-balanced. In addition quinoa has lots of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa is also high in manganese, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus and fiber.
So with all that good stuff, here’s an enticing way to eat it that your kids are sure to love. My daughter is cereal-crazy, so I decided to try this out as a healthier alternative to store bought varieties. She loves it, and called it dessert, so I think your kids will too. Enjoy!