Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola

So I’m not really avoiding planning my wedding. I’m just hoping that it all magically gets done without me putting forth much effort.

I do what I’m supposed to do: I ask the venue for suggestions for DJ’s and flowers, photographers and caterers…then when they send me an email with lots of names and phone numbers, I file it away in the folder marked “wedding.”

Did I book a DJ yet? No, but there’s a phone number in an email somewhere and for some reason, nobody made the call for me.


Don’t think I’m not excited about my wedding. On the contrary, I’m ecstatic! In my head, I’m at my reception, partying the night away…but for some reason, my inability to communicate and make appointments really isn’t helping me out right now.

I’ve never been good at making appointments. I get really anxious when I call people I don’t know. I take notes before I make the call, I try to take notes during the call (have I mentioned I’m type A?) and then I make an appointment that makes me really anxious because I actually have to meet this stranger! Stranger danger!

What am I going to do?

Bake. Yup, bake.

I bake to try to hopelessly impress strangers, I bake to bribe my mother to make appointments for me…


I know my mom loves my granola and I know she loves quinoa, so its no shocker that I decided that the two worlds should collide. Result? Amazingly crunchy, sweet, addictive, amazing granola! Did I say amazing? It’s healthy and easy and it is sure to impress a stranger…or bribe my mom!


Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola
Crunchy addictive quinoa granola, studded with pumpkin seeds and sweetened with honey. (makes thirteen ¼-cup portions)
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  1. ¾ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and well-drained
  2. ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  3. ½ cup roughly chopped almonds
  4. ¼ cup whole flaxseed
  5. ¼ cup honey
  6. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  7. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  8. ½ tsp. coarse salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and flaxseed.
  3. In a small, microwave safe bowl, microwave the honey for 20 seconds, stopping to stir it half-way. Then, add the coconut oil to your honey. If your coconut oil is in solid form, microwave for 10 more seconds and then stir thoroughly until the oil is melted and combined into the honey. Then, stir in the cinnamon and salt.
  4. Pour the honey-oil mixture over the rest of your ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Bake for 35 min, stirring 3 or so times during baking time. Let the granola cool first in the pan for 15 min (it may still seem a bit wet to you), then transfer it to a piece of foil, spread out, to finish cooling. It will finish drying as it cools. You can break it into pieces and eat it once it’s cool! Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-weeks. Enjoy!
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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PS Mom, yes, I’ll open those darn emails soon. And yes, I’ll try to call all those people. But there will probably be a lot of emotional damage control needed from you afterwards. Can I interest you in some Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola? Thought so.

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    • says

      Wow! What a beautiful presentation. I would love it if you would join my Link up party tonight. I am a co host with Foodie Friends Friday. But you can link up your post from my page too. http://www.noshmyway.com. I look forward to seeing you there. PS. We do this every week and always have a sponsored giveaway.

  1. says

    Hello Melissa. First, I want to congratulate on your pending nuptials.So Yay! Secondly, where did you get those cupcake tins? They are adorable!

    Newest follower via the Grow Your Blog blog hop.


  2. says

    And yes, clearly we are both secretly middle-aged homemakers who read and get inspiration from BH&G. :) I had made a ‘raw’ quinoa (in that I didn’t cook it before) and amaranth granola last Christmas which was DEVOURED by my mama, and I was inspired to recreate it–or reinvent it. Love your photos.

    I’m hungry.


  1. […] I guess I could have included this recipe in yesterday’s post about healthy breakfast variations, but oh well! Like many people I get tired of eating the same foods all the time so trying out new recipes like this is a good way to change it up. This was my first attempt at making homemade granola, but it was pretty quick and easy. The granola came out tasting crunchy and delicious. I found the recipe on Treats With a Twist. […]