Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola

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  • Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola
  • Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola
Posted on August 17, 2015

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Elli Quark. I am grateful for opportunities like these, which allow me to continue to create and share unique content with you. Thank you for supporting brands and companies that I use in my kitchen. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

This granola is my pride and joy at the moment. Because after many years of making homemade granola, I finally got a batch to turn out exactly how I want it.

Big, crunchy clusters.
Total flavor bomb.
Short ingredient list.
Easy to prepare.

Insert —>>> happy dance.

The hardest part about getting this recipe “just right” was achieving those hearty, satisfying clusters. But I discovered two keys steps to get us there. First, I processed some of the oats into a flour, which once mixed with the wet ingredients acts like a binder and holds everything together. And second, I completely resisted the urge to stir the granola during baking and cooling. Now, most recipes will instruct you to stir several times while baking to ensure that the granola doesn’t burn. But I was totally hands off (= laziness WIN). I just kept the heat low. I didn’t stir a thing. And nothing burned. Not even a teeny, tiny bit.


My newly perfected granola recipe deserves to be paired with something equally deserving. Which is why I’m reaching for Elli Quark, a spoonable fresh cheese that has a creamy texture very similar to Greek yogurt, but isn’t quite as sour. Made with Non-GMO ingredients and boasting a high protein-to-carb ratio with no added sugars and no artificial anything, Elli Quark is a great way to start your day. Especially when combined with fresh fruit and my highly addicting (my mom could not stop eating this stuff!) Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola.

And let’s not forget about the taste. Whether you enjoy the classics (like strawberry or peach) or you’re craving something more indulgent (sea salt caramel!), Elli Quark has you covered with twelve flavors to choose from.


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Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola

Yield: Makes about 6 cups

Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola


  • 3 cups old fashion oats, divided (certified gluten free, if necessary)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add 1 cup of the oats to your food processor with the blade attachment. Process until the oats are finely ground into a flour-like consistency. Transfer the oat flour to a large bowl and add the remaining unprocessed oats, coconut, pecans, quinoa, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Stir together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour this over the dry ingredients, stirring until the dry ingredients are well moistened and evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to your pre-pared baking pan and press it down firmly into an even layer. Bake in your pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely. Once cooled, break into clusters and transfer to an airtight container for storage. Granola can be stored for up to 1 week.


1. Please be aware that while the Maple Pecan Quinoa Granola recipe is completely vegan, Elli Quark is not a vegan product.


  • Yum!! That granola sounds so good. I’ve been wanting to try Ellie Quark but I haven’t seen it at the grocery stores near me yet!


    • Make sure to check out their store locator. It’s becoming more widely available now and hopefully it will be near you soon!

  • Gotta try the yogurt with this granola, sounds like the perfect breakfast or snack!


    • Let me know if you try it out!

  • I have been seeing Elli Quark popping up everywhere, and I have been DYING to try it!
    This QUINOA granola is amazing! I would have never thought to use quinoa, and I’m totally diggin it! Pinned!


    • Oh yeah. I like to put quinoa in ALL THE THINGS! 🙂

  • Oh this granola sounds fantastic, Liz! Quinoa granola is on my list to make and it sounds delicious when paired with Elli Quark! Love this snack!


    • Thanks, Gayle. I hope you try it out!

  • Maple pecan is my go to granola! This is so good, Liz. Love how you incorporated chia and baked the granola low and slow… perfect for clustering! I’ll have to check out Elli Quark. Looks like a perfect pairing with granola and blueberries! xx


    • Low and slow is the way to go! 🙂

  • Hello happy dance! Feelin’ it. Your photos are killing it, too, love.


    • Aww…thanks, girl!

  • I will happy dance too for the perfect granola!! And it’s so perfect with the quark for any snack.


    • Dance party!!!

  • I am all about that hands off granola! I always get too lazy and don’t stir it while it’s baking, which may result in it getting burned buuuut, you solved all my problems with this recipe!


    • Yes, all our problems have been solved!

  • Wow the flavors of this are soooo good. I want a bowl everyday.


    • Thanks, Jocelyn!

  • I love granola all day long Liz! I love your addition of the quinoa. I will definitely have to try! Have a great week!


    • Thanks, Mary Ann. I hope you try it out!

  • Well, I would gladly take buckets of this granola this morning! Love the maple and pecan addition!! xoxo


    • I’ll send you a few buckets then!

  • Liz, this has GOT to be the most gorgeous granola ON PLANET EARTH! Not only that, I loooove that its super crunchy and easy peasy! Plus it is loaded with coconut, maple and pecans!? Granola winning! This is something I could nosh on ALL day long! Loves it! Pinned! Cheers, girlfriend! And thanks for sharing your perfected granola secrets! <3


    • Always happy to spill my secrets! Well…at least about granola!

  • Haven’t had breakfast yet and you’re making me crave some granola!!! Sounds delicious!


    • Thanks, Nicole!

  • Liz, first off . . love this granola! love the quinoa and chia seeds! I’m intrigued by the Elli Quark spoonable fresh cheese . . love that it’s made with Non-GMO ingredients!! Does it taste like yogurt?


    • It’s taste a bit like Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy, but a little less sour. I hope you give it a try, Alice!

  • This sounds awesome, Liz! Those crunchy bits sound to die for. I’ll have to try out your method.


    • I hope you try it out, Sara!

  • This looks amazing! I love granola in the summertime, it’s so perfect with fresh fruit and coconut yogurt 🙂


    • Agreed! Thanks, Kate!

  • Liz, this granola is so creative and your photos are gorgeous! I love the quinoa in here! I keep hearing about this Elli Quark and it’s not yet available at my regular stores. I’m going to have to make a special trip to EarthFare or Whole Foods to pick some up because those flavors sound amazing!


    • I hope you can get your hands on some soon!

  • I’m definitely gonna make this when the temperature drops. Too hot to turn on the oven right now!

    Previously when making granola, I used a silicon baking sheet on the bottom of my baking sheet/pan. Worked great! No sticking, so the granola was easy to remove.

    Question – have you tried cooked quinoa in the recipe? or only uncooked, and why? Just curious.


    • Yeah, you could definitely use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper to line your baking sheet/pan. It works great! I used uncooked quinoa because it’s easier and because it provides some added crunch to the granola. I haven’t tried this recipe with cooked granola yet.

  • This looks like perfect granola and maple granola is my absolute favourite. Will be trying this!


    • That’s great to hear, Jennifer!

  • I do the same thing with my granola, grind some of the oats to make a “flour” that becomes more sticky. I like coconut milk to moisten, too.

    Great post!


    • Oh the coconut milk is a great idea, too!

  • I suspect that in figuring out a recipe for your dream granola, you also figured out how to make mine as well. Loving everything about this!


    • Yes!!!!!

  • That’s such a great idea to process some of the oats to act as a binder! This granola looks amazing. 🙂


    • Thanks, Christin!

  • Quinoa in granola is awesome because the size of the grain is so different that when it cooks it has such a unique texture 🙂 Love this!


    • Yup, I love the little crunch that the quinoa provides!

  • Liz, I can totally see why this granola is your pride and joy! And please send me a batch, ASAP 🙂


    • Coming right up! 🙂

  • I always make a big batch of granola to snack on and add to yogurt. I love the maple pecan flavor and can’t wait to try this recipe!


    • That’s awesome, Ashley!

  • I am obsessed with those big granola chunks! Bravo my friend! That is the best part of granola. Going to give your tips a try!


    • Awesome, Natalie! I know you’ll love it!

  • This sounds great! I love making homemade granola, but have never tried using quinoa. I am pinning this and I’m going to give it a try soon! It sounds delicious. 🙂


    • That’s awesome! I know you’ll love it!

    • So, I finally got around to making this! I could barely wait for it to cool before having a bowl. Delicious! This is definitely going on my short list of favorite granola recipes! 🙂

    • That’s so awesome to hear, Kim! Glad you loved it!

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