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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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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