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Remember way back when (Dec 2011), when I posted a recipe called Toasted Quinoa Granola? Today's recipe (another recipe I did for NYNR) is inspired by that very post! 

This time, It's a bit more colorful and definitely just as tasty! Technically...it's grain free. And gluten free. And dairy free. and.....paleo? Is it paleo? I'm not sure, I think it is.

Quinoa Granola

I am posting this recipe at the perfect time. Prescribe Nutrition is doing a Round 2 of NYNR! Katie and Megan were generous enough to provide a 20% off coupon to FFF readers if you missed the first round. Use the code: fff20 if you want 20% off! I posted a few times about it...here, here, and here.

I can't say enough good things about round 1. It's one thing to cut sugar, dairy, and gluten out of your diet, but another to have 2 functional nutritionists on hand to answer all of your questions and a support group on top of that :)

Cutting out dairy and sugar (on top of my already cut out gluten...mostly), was hard at first, but then it got a lot easier. I stopped craving it...especially the sugar. I'm actually thinking about doing round 2 myself.

Quinoa Granola
makes 6 1/2 cup servings

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, chilled
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey 


Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl, mix together cooked quinoa, pepitas, and dried cherries. Then, spread evenly on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, honey, and vanilla. Then pour over quinoa mixture and toss to evenly coat. Bake for 35-40 minutes, tossing mixture every 10 minutes to ensure the granola cooks evenly. 

Quinoa Granola
Quinoa Granola

Yoga Sculpt Update: If you follow the Fit Foodie Finds facebook page, then you know that I auditioned to teach Yoga Sculpt at Corepower here in the Twin Cities. Corepower is who I originally got my certification from and the timing to try out just hasn't been right. As you know, I've been teaching 2-3 times a week for the past 4-5 months...so my fingers are crossed that I get a spot!

I was given both positive and negative feedback from the reviewers (studio managers), which I am guessing they give everyone who tries out. For my tryout, I taught Sculpt Series 2 in front of 5-6 studio manager (can you say nervous?) It wasn't so bad once I got in there of course because everyone at CPY is so nice. Send me some positive vibes people! I have been looking forward to this audition for quite a while now! I'm just glad its finally over...now I can go back to sleeping a normal sleep schedule! 

When I get nervous/anxious...my sleeping is the first thing to go. Then my diet...I am an anxious eater.

Do you have any weird nervous/anxious habits? 

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