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Quinoa-Rice Granola

Use this recipe as a model for other granola combinations with different dried fruits, nuts, and spices. It should stay crisp for a week stored in an airtight container. If it loses its crunch, toast 3 to 5 minutes in a 350°F oven. Note: substituting agave or brown rice syrup for the honey and oil for the margarine will result in a less crisp granola with smaller clusters.



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5 unsalted brown rice cakes
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½ cup quinoa flakes, such as Ancient Harvest
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½ cup coarsely chopped or slivered raw almonds, or other nuts
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⅓ cup honey
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4 Tbs. (½ stick) margarine or butter
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1 Tbs. vegetable oil
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½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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1 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or other bite-size dried fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Crumble rice cakes in bowl until only 1/4-inch-or-smaller pieces remain. Stir in quinoa flakes and almonds.
  3. Melt together honey, margarine, and vegetable oil in saucepan over low heat. Stir in cinnamon. Stir honey mixture into rice cake mixture until well coated. Spread on baking sheet, and bake 
10 minutes. Stir, and bake 10 minutes more, or until granola is golden-brown. Cool on baking sheet. Break granola into small clusters. Mix in dried fruit.

Nutrition Information: 

4 g
Total Fat: 
16 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
50 g
0 mg
74 mg
4 g
29 g
Serves 6

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I havent had granola in a while. Will try this substitute today.Im so glad I subscribed for both the newsletter and magazine. keep up the great work.

What an easy and great tasting recipe! I didn't have quinoa flakes so I substituted flax seeds and used a little more brown rice cakes. I also used a mixed variety of dried fruit - very yummy. I also added a little cayenne to the cinnamon, nice contrast. If you are looking for an easy quick granola, this recipe is it!

This recipe is great! I used coconut oil instead of butter and mixed in shredded coconut after baking for the dried fruit. Then I broiled the granola mixture to make it extra crunchy. Delicious!

This sounds delicious!

Rice cakes...Interesting idea. I have a recipe for granola that I've been using for years which requires no oil of any kind (uses apple juice concentrate).