Tuesday, March 4, 2014

granola with quinoa and roasted pineapple

A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a spoonful, a cup, some more of this.  That's how I made this granola.   Some of these ingredients might not be out of reach but you should list them for the next time you go shopping.  You always need to have seeds, oats, nuts around your house!  Life is so boring without them!!

Have you ever read off a store bought box of granola? Some brands, the ones we love more, contain hydrogenated oils and that's a no-no.  Isn't it weird that they are selling products defined as healthy when they're using unhealthy oils? 

Read here and don't look back!
I'm not a health food freak, but if I know there's something not good for me, I'll avoid it. Even if my son complains that we have a house full of seeds without birds - you know how 17 year olds are...they're always looking for junk food and you can imagine how he rolls his eyeballs when all he finds is "seeds" :-))) He also recognizes the "good" granola when he has some. May the house be swamped in seeds, oats and more, if this is what it takes to get a good batch of granola.

The best part is when you personalize your batch.  Let's say you don't like oats, or you're intolerant. Substitute it with more quinoa, replace half of the uncooked quinoa with quinoa flakes, or add more rolled farro.  Use a bunch of different seeds...hemp, sesame, sunflower...throw in some nuts or add some later if you prefer them not toasted. Use spices, like cinnamon, or nutmeg.  Add fresh fruit or roasted fruit....or caramelized pineapple (like I did).  You see, it's all a matter of "a little bit of this and a little bit of that". Stick to the doses in the recipe and play with your ingredients, you may get used to this game and you'll enjoy the real good stuff.
Once you have the granola and the yogurt, you can't miss roasting some fruit and if you roast pineapple and mix it all together, it will be so good that you'll want to take pictures and post it on the internet :)  

Have a great day my friends!

A presto xxoo!


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1 cup uncooked red quinoa 
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rolled farro
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup coarse almond meal (or roughly chopped almonds)
1/2 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts
1/4 cup flax seeds (crushed in a mortal)
1/4 cup sesame seeds

In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil and the syrup (or honey), add all the other ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly on the surface.  Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for approx. 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  *Constantly keep on eye on it, it can burn easily.
Remove from the oven and let the granola cool completely.  Store in a glass jar.

Slice and dice some pineapple, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar.  Place in a preheated 180°C oven and roast until caramelized.  You can do the same thing in a pan on the stove. Add the roasted-caramelized pineapple to your yogurt and granola.  

Consider this as a perfect, healthy, protein-packed breakfast!


  1. I love Granola! (and I love that bowl too... :-)

  2. You made my day, sis!! Love the light of the pineapple pics! xxoo

  3. Hi Elvira! I'm new to your site and fell in love instantly! Enjoyed reading this post and your pictures are just gorgeous. Can't wait to make your version of granola.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend,

    1. Hi Sini! I'm happy that you stopped by, especially because you're the blue and white kitchen I've been enjoying so much lately. Thank you.

  4. La mia casa è sempre piena di semi...e yogurt...e frutta! Con questo vorrei dire che è ora che mi preparo la granola da me...right?