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!



  • 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!


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.


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!


You can also make crackers:


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.



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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Annie February 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

That looks delicious!! I might even make it this morning!


Heather (Where's the Beach) February 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

Love the crunchy quinoa cereal! definitely going to have to try that one out.


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

I really liked how they made The Notebook into a movie. Most people disagree with this, but the book was SO LAME. The only reason the movie was so good was because they took out some really dumb parts in the book. Nicholas Sparks books in general are really really cheesy. Have you seen the movie Nights in Rodanthe? Also really bad. I have heard the book is much better than the movie though.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

I LOVED The Notebook movie…have seen it several times! I also enjoyed the book too. Dear John didn’t even come close to the notebook.
I haven’t seen Nights in Rodanthe though.


Lindsey May 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Nights in Rodanthe was terrrrrible


Karla February 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

I liked the Notebook! I was looking forward a little bit to Dear John! Too bad it was a dud! I’ll probably see it anyway!
I will say The Notebook has been the best movie version of a Nicholas Sparks book. A Walk to Remember… eh not great, neither was Nights in Rodanthe.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

YUM! that homemade cereal looks delicious! I LOVE The Notebook, and refuse to see Dear John. It looks like a pale imitation :-)

But, I too am looking very much forward to Valentine’s Day!!! :-) (the movie…well, and I guess the day, too!)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

This cereal looks great! I have both quinoa and chia seeds on hand, so I need to try it…do you think honey would work, or do you definitely recommend maple syrup?

I’ve tried two of your recipes in the last few days (pumpkin quinoa and the ‘cheesy’ pizza) and loved them both. Your blog was one of the biggest influences in me starting my own! Thanks for all the great tips!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

I think honey should work too!

Glad you enjoyed the recipes :)


Lindsey @ Sound Eats February 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

I could just be naive, and I haven’t seen Dear John yet, but I personally feel that unless you read the book the movie is going to disappoint. The book’s ending has the same terrible plot twist and ending, so it’s no surprise the movie did too. Plus the book “Dear John” wasn’t as good as the book “The Notebook”. Even though they’re both written by Nicholas Sparks, it’s definitely not apples to apples.

Just my .02!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

I find that I am always even more disappointed when I read the book first, and then see the movie. The only exception being The Notebook…every other time I have read the book first I was disappointed with the movie. One example was Marley and Me- LOVED the book, did not care for the movie as much as the book.


Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

I hated the movie version of Marley and Me! The book was fun and hysterical and heartwarming, while the movie was a total downer :(


Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life February 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

I just bought a bag of quinoa, and now I know what I’m going to do with it! I would have neverrrr imagined quinoa for breakfast, thanks for the recipe!!


Nicole, RD February 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

The cereal looks wonderful! Have a great workout!


Katie February 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

I am going to go see Dear John tonight. I read the book and I really enjoyed it. I hope the movie lives up to my expectations!

That cereal would be perfect raw, made with sprouted quinoa instead of cooked. :) I think I will give it a try!


Laura February 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

Thanks so much for the cereal recipe! I am a cereal addict but am tired of looking for tasty cereals where the main ingredient isn’t sugar (and that doesn’t cost a fortune). Can’t wait to try this!


Erin February 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

You may have mentioned this somewhere in your blog but what of juicer do you use?!?! I am wanting one, but want a good one that is going to work before I spend the money. Your juices look soo yummy…THANK YOU!!!


Danielle (Coffee Run) February 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

I think it would be hard to top the Notebook…sorry the movie sucked!
The cereal look fantastic- I like mine crunchy too :)


Ricki February 6, 2010 at 10:03 am

Looks great! I may have to try it with stevia ;)

I’m like you with scary noises in the house–just get a dog (or two) and you’ll sleep like a baby, even when alone!


Sarah February 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

The Notebook is my fiance’s favorite movie. He actually owns the DVD :) What a softee! I loves it too.

That cereal looks amazing! Have a wonderful Saturday, and say hi to Sketchie!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

I am EXTREMELY upset about Dear John. I too thought that the critics must be overreacting but after hearing bad things about it from everyone, I must admit that it must be… well bad. I will still probably rent in when it comes out on DVD just because. But I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day!!!!

And kudos to you for staying alone. I HATE staying alone. Freaks me out.


[email protected] February 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

You are so creative in the kitchen!


Tush February 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

Did your house spring a leak?


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

Sorry the movie was such a dud! I too had heard the reviews and was worried about whether it would be worth our while. I think I’ll save it for netflix. :)

Enjoy that run and Booty Blaster!


Lauren @ eater not a runner February 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

I would never think to make my own cereal, you have the best ideas!!!


Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

My house makes noises too and I hate it! Looks like you made it through the night though. :) That granola looks awesome, what a great idea.


pam landy February 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

I was hoping Dear John movie would be good. I read the book last week…it was really good, not your typical romance with a typical happy expected ending. I am sad it didn’t make a good movie. But really, who can top Allie and Noah?? If you haven’t read the Notebook, it’s a quality fiction, even better than the movie!


Sheri February 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

Your cereal looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make it :)


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

I loved the book Dear John so much. I read it in one day. I still want to see the movie, but usually the movie versions don’t compare to the books.


Amy February 6, 2010 at 11:38 am

Would you mind sharing the amounts of each ingredient in your Glowing Orange Juice? Thanks! Oh and I must make that cereal tomorrow! Quinoa is one of my favorite grains of all time! I actually really love quinoa and steel cut oats together (equal amounts of each)…I mix in vanilla, cinnamon and golden raisins then pour some almond milk over top…delish!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

lets see if i canremember… :)

4 carrots
1 grapefruit
tiny piece of ginger (little goe a long way)- mabe 3/4″ x 3/4″?



Cynthia (It All Changes) February 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

So excited. And your PB & J parfait was delicious. I adapted it for breakfast this morning and really want more :-)


Ameena February 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

Of all your great recipes I think I love this one the most. I am getting a bit tired of oatmeal and I can’t eat most cereals so this will really work for me! I am definitely going to try it ASAP.

PS – I’ve been alone for the last 4 nights (4-year-old was with me though) and I couldn’t sleep well either!


Kelly February 6, 2010 at 11:57 am

I am excited for the Valentine’s Day movie as well! There are soo many well known actors in it!

That homemade cereal looks delicious. I may just have to try making it! Thanks!


Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Hi- I’m so glad I found your blog! I feel like your running plans/philosophy are very intune with my own, as I’ve been injured many times so have been forced to rethink how often I can run.

Btw, I read “Dear John” and it was alright, a classic Sparks book- very, very sad! I love the film version of “The Notebook”!


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 6, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I noticed the lack of chemistry when I first saw the trailer for Dear John, so I was never really gung-ho to see it! I felt like I was less of a girl for feeling that way too, haha. I mean, after Noah and Allie – no one can ever compare!

I cannot wait to make quinoa cereal. It looks SO. GOOD!


Anais February 6, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Ugh… Dear John was so disappointing… I usually love the actress but I thought she was awful in this!!! I hope the book is better…


Betsy February 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Angela you always come up with the most delicious looking creations!! That cereal looks awesome, I definitely want to try it soon!! Maybe someday you’ll be selling that along with your glo bars :)


Tay February 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Agree with you 100% about the movie! As hot as Channing is, he was a horrible actor in the movie – no personality and just kind of mumbled. I was wondering what they saw in each other because I got NO chemistry between them either. Not much plot…and then the ending – BLAH!! My roommates and I sat there like “Wait – is it really over? No!” And we were kind of creeped out by the twist if you know what I mean ;-)

Oh well, I too am looking forward to Valentine’s Day!


Anne P February 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Wow what a great idea with the homemade cereal! Totally going to try that :)


Amy February 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

The Notebook is the saddest movie ever. I ncry uncontrollably at the end, and need to be consoled for hours afterwards! I usually watch it once a year, thats all I can handle.

PS- Save yourself the torture of watching Nights in Rodanthe. It was brutal. :)


Heather February 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

That juice looks fantastic. I must also make that quinoa cereal. You always come up with such great recipes.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 6, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I absolutely LOVED Dear John (minus the ending) and can’t wait to see V.day next weekend =)


Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Ok, you make the most fabulous foods i’ve ever seen!

I’ve been following your blog for about a week and I seriously love everything you’ve posted.

I’m thinking I might take a stab at homemade cereal soon… your recipe doesn’t look too scary :)


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

How disappointing that the movie wasn’t good! I really liked the book. I’m excited about Valentine’s Day too . . . but not sure I can convince my boyfriend to go see it with me. I will have to figure out a good bribe :)


MEgan February 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

That looks amazing!! I’ve been trying to find ways to eat chia seeds without that vaguely slimy texture and cant WAIT to try it!!


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. :(


Jolene February 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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


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

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


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.


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!


Jacqueline February 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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


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 :(


La February 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

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


Audrey February 7, 2010 at 12:57 am

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


Stephanie February 7, 2010 at 2:43 am


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



Grace February 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!!!


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!


Angela June 28, 2012 at 3:49 am

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



Vgetable soup July 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

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


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!


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.)


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!


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!


Healthyangels August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

How many servings does this make? Just one?


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.


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


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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