Homemade Crunchy Maple Quinoa Cereal

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 6, 2010

Q: How many creeks does my house make in one night?

A: That depends if Eric is home or not!

Yes, that’s right folks. I made it a night…on my own, without the manly man. Eric stayed at his brothers last night as he was helping him with renos.

It was VERY scary.

Let me rewind a bit…before the part where I was quivering under the covers…

Dear John

Friday night was a fun girls night!

Krissy and I decided to go see Dear John, despite what all of the movie reviews were saying. I turned a huge blind eye to the poor reviews it received and chalked it up to critics being hard on a ‘chick flick’. I was in HUGE DENIAL. :mrgreen:

It started off ok and I really tried to ignore the fact that the acting was just plain old bad and there was no chemistry between the leads. They were no Allie and Noah…

There was a horrible plot twist about two thirds into the movie and then it ended with a huge thud.

As I said last night on Twitter, ‘Dear John was to the Notebook, as soy cheese is to cheddar- a pitiful attempt!’

However, Krissy and I are very excited for the Valentine’s Day movie next week!!! I think it will be fun!

 

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Homemade Crunchy Maple Quinoa Cereal

So as I mentioned, I tossed and turned all night with the empty bed and creepy noises.

However, I did have good dreams…dreams of homemade cereal, that is. It dawned on me that I have never made my own homemade cereal before, so off I was to the kitchen to do some testing!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/2-3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla
  • pinch or two sea salt

Directions: In a small bowl mix everything together. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Break up into chunks with a spoon and flatten with a hand as if you were making flatbread. Cook for 30-50 minutes at 325F, being sure to check half way through and adjust cooking time if necessary. Flip cereal around with a spatula for more even cooking. Cereal should be slightly golden brown when finished. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy in a bowl with your favourite milk + toppings over top!

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This cereal is amazing!!! High in protein and fibre too (approx 12 grams protein and 8 grams fibre for the entire recipe- without the chia seeds).

Slightly sweet, very crunchy, and it stays crunchy even when in milk.

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The best part about the recipe is that you can tailor the baking time to suit your needs- soft or crunchy. Personally, I love my cereal crunchy!

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You can also make crackers:

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I also had a lovely GLOWING ORANGE fresh juice made with carrots, ginger, and grapefruit to go with it. I think this is my favourite juice.

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ZING!

I’m off for my scheduled 3 mile run and Booty Booster workout. Then, I have a house to clean. Not sure what is on the agenda for tonight yet.

I also added more Adore (S’more) Glo Bars and some X’s and G’los Valentine’s Day packs to the shopping cart. I am almost out of my S’more ingredients so if you want some, order them soon as I am not sure when the next order will be in.

Have a lovely Saturday!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

We watched The Notebook last night and now I am saw to hear that Dear John isn’t full of the same chemistry. :(

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Jolene February 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I am going to make that juice – I love ginger!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Taht cereal looks fantastic :) Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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katy February 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

that cereal looks great! it looks just like a cereal i had while in peru. i’ve got to try it.

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Angela February 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I really liked Dear John! I wasn’t expecting to even compare to the notebook going in to it because I had read the book and knew the stories were pretty different. I do agree that the acting was quite bad at times, but I still enjoyed it!

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Jacqueline February 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I have got to bust out my juicer! Thank you for the inspiration.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal February 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Aww, I like Dear John. Not quite as good as the book, but close!

I hear you on staying alone. I hate when the husband is out of town :(

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La February 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

I love quinoa! This looks awesome…must try it out!

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Audrey February 7, 2010 at 12:57 am

Yum! This looks delish…and it is so creative!!!

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Stephanie February 7, 2010 at 2:43 am

Angela,

Made your cereal this afternoon with black quinoa I had on hand. It is really good all by itself! Thank you for the inspiration.

Stephanie

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Grace February 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

I have to make that ceral, it sounds so yummy.

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Metta February 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for this quinoa granola recipe! I haven’t had granola in a very long time due to some allergies. I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy quinoa.

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Jil February 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Okay so first — that juice sounds fab, and the color is amazing! So bright and happy! and that cereal sounds amaaaaaazing. I really, really want to try it.

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Caitlin February 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for the cereal recipe! I tried it last night and it was PERFECT this a.m.! I forgot the salt, but it has a great flavor and texture regardless.

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Ashlyn February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

Oh my gosh. I think you just made my life with that cereal. I haven’t even tried it yet and I can tell it’s going to be THAT GOOD. You are a culinary genius, woman.

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May Ng June 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

OH MY LORDY!I just baked this ,and it is absolutely delicious. I’ve been searching high and low for a home-made cereal that is healthy and satisfying, this is it! I’ve finally found THE ONE! Angela, you are one amazing woman, you have no idea how much you have helped a poor student like me save a little cash , as I dont have to spend a fortune to buy imported organic whole wheat cereals anymore! THANK YOU!!!

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Cassie June 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Going to make this tonight with leftover Quinoa! Hopefully storing it overnight won’t ruin it for the AM.
One question, is this recipe for one serving? :) Thanks!

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Angela June 28, 2012 at 3:49 am

Great recipe idea! How long do you think this could keep for in the fridge / not?

Thanks!

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Vgetable soup July 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

It sounds very tasty. I must try it. thank you for this recipe

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Melanie July 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I made this last night and added toasted coconut! It was delicious this morning with fresh blueberries!

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Radhika Sarohia December 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

Oh cool, those quinoa crackers, yess
I wonder if I could make those in the microwave, I make some pretty awesome salted flax seed crackers in the microwave (found those on a low-carb website.)

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Mike April 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I’ve tried this three times with baked quinoa… should I try with raw quinoa? It’s never crunchy or in distinct crunchy quinoa chunks… help please!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

HI Mike, I’ve only tried it with cooked quinoa before, but you might be able to get away with using a mix of the two. goodluck!

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Healthyangels August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

How many servings does this make? Just one?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

Im sorry I cant remember, it’s been so long! I’d guess 2 servings.

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Farihah September 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

This looks amazing. How long would it last in a mason jar or would this have to be finished right away? Thanks

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Laura C February 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

Hi Angela,

I know this is an older recipe, but hoping you can help me….I tried to make it last night and wasn’t able to get nice clusters like your version. HOWEVER, I left out the chia seeds because I didn’t have them. So I’m wondering if they work to soak up some of the moisture and help the cereal clump up? Thanks!

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