Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola

FINALLY!!!! We’re back to where we were basically at the end of March/beginning of April:

Single Crocus

Spring came back to South Dakota!

I’m feeling MUCH better than I was earlier in the week. The SAD was kind of kicking my butt, to the point that I spent a couple evenings either mad at the world or in tears. I tell ya, depression sucks. Big time. I should’ve made more of an effort to take my Vitamin D this long, drawn-out, never-ending winter.

To celebrate the weekend, I channeled my new-found energy into projects of the domestic sort. I made scads of stuff (more to come),  cleaned some of the house up–Even rearranging the dining room a bit (if you know me, you know rearranging furniture is my worst nightmare…I have to leave the house whenever Jay decides he wants to change things up)!

Dining Room

And I made myself some breakfast for the next week:

Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola tray

Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola.

Inspired by How Sweet Eats, I made up a big batch of quinoa to use in the granola as well as my lunch for next week. The granola was project number one.

Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola 1

I went with maple syrup instead of honey, because I don’t care for honey. I am trying to get over my aversion to honey, but I can’t. At least not yet.

Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola 2
The granola is still good, though. I also went with walnuts instead of almonds just because I like maple and walnuts together.

Yield: 4-6

Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola

Maple-Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 1/2 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1 C cooked quinoa
  • 1 C toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 C flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Add butter to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until brown bits appear on the bottom, about 5-6 minutes, then immediately remove from heat and set aside. Stir in maple syrup and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, quinoa, ground flax, cinnamon and salt. Stir well to combine. Pour butter/maple syrup over the oat mixture, stirring with a large spoon until the entire thing is equally moistened. Spread evenly on the baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Let cool completely for at least one hour before eating.

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I’m kind of excited for breakfast tomorrow.

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9 Replies to “Maple Walnut Dark Chocolate Quinoa Granola”

    • Thanks–It’s amazing what a couple of nice, sunny days all in a row will do for a person. :) That flower is the only thing blooming right now…Even our grass is still not quite green yet, but I think it’s getting there.

    • I love making my own granola–I don’t do it nearly enough. It’s SO much better than store-bought, and you can control everything that goes into it. Plus, it’s not all that difficult (not as difficult as you might imagine).

    • Thank you! I have tried to get better about using honey in things where I might not be able to taste it…But if I have my choice, I use maple syrup instead!

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