{ Healthy Quinoa + Coconut Cereal }

This recipe is inspired by a post from The Beauty Department - one of my favorite blogs, with awesome tips on everything girly. Initially, I followed their recipe without any alterations. But after trying the first batch (which is delicious as is), I thought it would be fun to offer a little twist with a few extra ingredients of my own.

I'll start with the original recipe. Begin by combining 1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa with 1/4 cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut. Then drizzle on about 1 tbsp of honey.

Next, sprinkle about 1 tsp of cinnamon onto the mixture. (I love cinnamon and added a little more than called for...as you can tell)

Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Next, pop into a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is golden brown.

The final product is sweet, crunchy, cinnamon-y, and delicious.

Top with milk and dried strawberries (or whatever fruit you happen to have on hand) - and enjoy!

now, here's my
Added ingredients: Chopped almonds + walnuts, dried cranberries, 1/4 cup of rolled oats, and 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter.

Mix ingredients and bake just as before.

The final product is a bit more chewy and granola-y than the original recipe. The mixture was sticky enough to form into bars (once cooled for about 5 minutes). These are the perfect replacement for a store-bought granola bar.
And of course, the extra ingredients can be altered in any way you like. You could switch out the cranberries for chopped dried apricots, and the peanut butter for almond butter. Any combo would likely be just as wonderful, depending on your taste! 


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