‘Morning Glory’ Cardamom & Vanilla Quinoa Granola

I love having smoothies for breakfast, but sometimes I just crave a delicious bowl of homemade granola, topped with lots of delicious fruits and nut milk!

This granola has combined many of my great loves, so I can guarantee you’ll love it as much as I do! It makes me so excited to get up in the morning knowing I’ll have a bowl of this waiting for me!

Cardamom Vanilla Quinoa Granola via Teffy's Perks #vegan #glutenfree

You’ve got some amazing walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, and pistachios! These power houses are filled with protein, Omega 3’s, magnesium, and selenium. They’re also powerful antioxidants! So they’re great for you and taste amazing!

For the grains we’ve got quinoa and amaranth, both naturally gluten free, high in fiber, and also quinoa is a complete source of protein!!

This granola is going to nourish you and make you feel completely satisfied, so you won’t have to worry about that mid-morning slump! It’ll make your feel absolutely glorious, on the inside and out!

Cardamom Vanilla Quinoa Granola via Teffy's Perks #vegan #glutenfree

Having it on it’s own is already super yummy, but I suggest topping it with some delicious fresh mango and some amazing blueberries! It just takes this breakfast to a whole new level!

Cardamom Vanilla Quinoa Granola via Teffy's Perks #vegan #glutenfree

To make one large batch, you will need:

Dry ingredients:
2 cups quinoa flakes
1 cup amaranth flakes
2 cups almonds
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup brazil nuts
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup cacao nibs
1 cup flaxseeds
1 cup cranberries
1 cup raisins

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
4 cardamom pods, seeds out & crushed *
Pinch himalayan salt

*To extract the cardamom seeds, simply toast the cardamom pods on a dry pan for a few seconds. Remove the pods and peel them open and get out the seeds. Using either a pestle & mortar, the back of your knife, or a hammer, crush the seeds – they don’t need to become powder, just slightly crushed!

Let’s make it!

Start by preheating your oven to 180ºC.

In a food processor, add the almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts and pulse until they are broken down but still in pieces. Add to a bowl with all the other dry ingredients except for the cranberries and raisins.

In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and the maple syrup with the salt, vanilla and cardamom seeds. When it’s all combined, pour over the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Using either a spoon or your hands, stir the ingredients so that all of the dry mixture is coated and get’s nice and sticky!

Add to a baking tray and spread evenly. Pop in your oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring it once halfway-through!

Once slightly browned on top and your kitchen smells of heaven, let cool on the kitchen counter, stir in raisins and cranberries, and then store in an airtight glass jar!

Cardamom Vanilla Quinoa Granola via Teffy's Perks #vegan #glutenfree

PS – My obsession with cardamom started with this Cardamom Vanilla Porridge!

PS 2 – This recipe for grain-free granola clusters is also full of goodness!