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Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Granola

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Rich dark chocolate, tart cherries and savory quinoa in every cluster of this oven baked granola! Finger licking deliciousness packed with wholesome superfoods, its the perfect component for a balanced breakfast or a midday snack.

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You will love this dark chocolate cherry quinoa granola because… 

  • Only takes just 10 minutes to prepare. 
  • Fresh baked recipe consisting of plant based protein, dietary fiber and healthy fats.
  • Balance sweet, tart and crunch in perfect harmony.
  • Dark chocolate, cherry and quinoa with hearty oats makes a hearty flavor that is simply irresistible!
Chocolate cherry granola combines cooked quinoa, dark chocolate, dried cherries, seeds and spices with rolled oats.

Whether you prefer in a bowl with milk or placed on top of yogurt and berries, this chocolate cherry granola recipe can be easily modified to fit your personal preferences. Mix and match your favorite add-ins for endless options that you can’t really go wrong with.

How to make dark chocolate cherry quinoa granola?

This chocolate cherry granola will wow your sense and blow you taste buds away with a myriad of sweet maple and tart cherry flavors. Gather a few simple ingredients to quickly assemble this healthy baked goods recipe.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Granola Ingredients:

All the ingredients to make chocolate cherry granola
  • Regular rolled oats
  • Quinoa
  • Pecans
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Cherries
  • Dark chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine the oats with cooked quinoa, pecans, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon and salt.

In a smaller bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until the oats are fully coated.

Spread the mixture in an even layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325°F for about 35 minutes until the granola begins to crisp up and turn light brown around the edges.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Granola Tips:

Change up your meal-on-the-go routine with a hearty serving of chocolate cherry granola. Here are tips to make your crunchy meal prep even more enjoyable.

  • Cherry: Cherries provide a delicious tartness that explodes with flavor when you chew into a piece. In addition, they harness a ton of beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 
  • Chocolate: Dark chocolate adds a richness to the crunchy granola that is magically delicious. Mix in the chocolate after the granola is removed from the oven so that it melts over the clusters coating with finger licking goodness.
  • Quinoa: Cooked quinoa is added to the granola based for another hearty and whole grain addition. When baked, the quinoa crisps up as a marvelous addition to the crunchy granola.
  • Oats: Select rolled oats or quick oats for this recipe instead of using steel cut oats. Quick oats are thin and have less texture that results in a smaller granola crumble. Rolled oats are bigger pieces that are much thicker that results in larger clusters.
  • Dried fruit: Dried cherries are the star in this granola recipe. However, you could easily add to cherries or substitute for another dried fruit such as apricots, currants, figs, peaches or plums.
  • Nuts: Pecans imparts a complex nuttiness to the finished granola. You could add to the pecans or substitute with almonds, coconut, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts.
  • Seeds: Chia seeds and flaxseeds are superfood ingredients that are already added this tasty recipe. Consider varying the amount and also adding hemp seeds.
  • Vegan: The recipe is vegan if you select dairy free chocolate chips. 
  • Gluten free: Even though oats are gluten free, it’s recommended to use certified oats to prevent cross contamination that often occurs during the harvesting, processing and packaging of the grain.
  • Sweetener: Sweeten the granola as needed. Coconut sugar, honey and agave are some of the available options to substitute in place of the maple syrup. Stay away from honey if you want this to be a vegan recipe.
  • Clusters or crumble: Stir the granola while baking if you want to break up the clusters into crumble. To maintain large clusters, don’t stir while baking and instead spread the mixture in a thin even layer and rotate the pan while baking until the edges begin to brown.
  • Storage: Bake the granola until completed dried out and crunchy, then cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container. Eat within3 weeks to ensure quality and freshness.

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Closeup of chocolate cherry granola poured onto a plate
Yield: 16 Servings

Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Granola Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Dark chocolate cherry quinoa is a sweet, tart and savory combination of flavor. Enjoy this healthy meal prep as a fantastic grab and go breakfast idea or a mid afternoon snack to tide you over.

This oven baked recipe is vegan and gluten free if you use dairy free chocolate and steer clear of honey. Viola!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup flaxseeds
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325°F. Prepare two baking sheets and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, cooked quinoa, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and maple syrup.
    Wet and dry ingredients to make chocolate cherry granola
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well to fully coat the oat mixture.
  5. Spread the granola in an even layer onto both parchment lined baking sheets. 
    Chocolate cherry granola on a baking sheet pan
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Gently stir the granola half way through to promote even cooking.
  7. When the granola turns a golden brown color and begins to crisp up, the remove it from the oven and toss in the dried cherries.
  8. Cool completely and fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  9. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
    Chocolate cherry granola in an airtight mason jar

Notes

  • Make it vegan and gluten free!
  • Adjust the amount of sweetness if necessary.
  • Store inside an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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