Crunchy Quinoa Granola – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Crunchy Quinoa Granola - by Little Spoons and SpiceThis yummy, crunchy granola goodness is the perfect boost for your morning wake-up.  And it’s delicious on top of yogurt, as it gives a bit of sweet crunch.  Our kiddos like to eat it plain, with a spoon or just their fingers.  The combination of nuts, seeds, quinoa and oats is loaded with nutrients, and the sweet hint of maple, really takes you to the northwoods.

This recipe works great for picky eaters too. If you don’t like a certain ingredient, just swap it with something else.  If you don’t love honey, increase the maple syrup.  We’ve found this recipe combination perfect for our family, but we know everyone’s taste buds are unique to their own, especially kids. 🙂

The best part…? It’s super fun and easy for kids to help make.  There are a lot of ingredients, and young kids love to help with measuring.  This also means that everyone gets a turn, which we all know can be crucial when you have more than one child cooking in the kitchen.

OK, let’s start mixing.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

Crunchy Quinoa Granola - by Little Spoons and Spice


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Crunchy Quinoa Granola.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Add ingredients to mixing bowl

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure ingredients with assistance
  • Crush pecans – using a ziplock bag and their hands or rolling pin
  • Mix ingredients together

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Divide granola between two lined baking sheets
  • Spread granola evenly across baking sheets
  • Stir raisins into warm granola, with supervision due to risk of burning themselves on hot pans

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Use the oven to bake granola


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Crunchy Quinoa Granola - by Little Spoons and Spice

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 24 - 1/4 cup
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 1 ½ cup oats dry
  • 1 cup quinoa dry
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds dry
  • 2 Tbsp flaxseed ground
  • ¾ cup almonds sliced
  • ¾ cup pecans roughly crushed
  • ½ cup pepitas raw
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds raw
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup applesauce unsweetened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 300℉.
  • Combine all dry ingredients, except raisins, in large mixing bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix together maple syrup, applesauce and honey. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredient. Mix until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Divide mixture between two lined baking sheets and evenly distribute onto pans.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until you notice the granola lightly toasted. Stir mixture every 15 minutes to avoid burning.
  • Stir in raisins while the mixture is still hot. Let granola cool for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy or store in an airtight container.


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