Start your day off right with a bowl of yogurt topped with this sweet and crunchy candied ginger, almond, and quinoa granola. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Yulu Yogurt. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
candied ginger, almond, and quinoa granola

So you must have heard of Trivia Crack.

The smartphone app that’s sweeping the nation and making us wish we remembered everything anything we learned in 4th grade geography.

This must have been what our teachers meant when they said it would come in handy later in life.

They were so much more clairvoyant than I would have thought. Huh.


Personally, I wish I hadn’t.

Heard of it, that is. Not so much for myself because I refuse to entangle myself in these newfangled “app” doodads, but mainly for the.boy who now spends his nights sitting on the couch screaming about how knowledge of Harry Potter trivia is not a measure of intelligence!

And so I spend my nights listening to him sit on the couch and scream about how lack of Harry Potter trivia knowledge is not a measure of his intelligence!


Honestly, if I had known he had never read Harry Potter before we got married, the entire basis of our relationship would certainly have come into question, but the topic was somehow casually suspiciously avoided for three years.

And here we are. Legally bound to each other. So lucky.


At least we have granola.

And by “we”, I mean “I”.

Because this has nuts and quinoa and all sorts of healthy good for you things in it and I can’t keep my hands off it. Out of it.

Basically, I’m not sharing and you can’t make me.


I’ve actually never made granola before, if you can believe it.

But then I tried new Aussie style Yulu Yogurt and it was all extra creamy! and double smoothed! and pretty much tastes like vanilla ice cream.

And what is ice cream without something sweet and crunchy on top?

Now you see where the granola comes in.


Because Yulu Yogurt is super nourishing and full of only good quality, honest ingredients I wanted to keep the granola full of equally delicious and nutritious things.

Oats, quinoa, almonds, pepitas, dried cranberries, dried cherries, crystallized ginger, dried coconut, canned pumpkin, and a boatload of warm spices.

I bet your storebought granola can’t do that.

Eating the granola-smothered yogurt made for the perfect breakfast, in my opinion, but that didn’t stop me from also eating it as pre-workout snack. And an after dinner dessert. And a mid-lunch treat.

It’s really perfect anytime is where I’m going with this.

Unlike Trivia Crack, which should really just be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home as far away from your spouse as possible. Trust me.


Candied Ginger, Almond, and Quinoa Granola
Start your day off right with a bowl of yogurt topped with this candied ginger, almond, and quinoa granola. It has just the right amount of crunchy sweetness.
Yield: 5-6 cups
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ⅓ cup pepitas
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. IN a large bowl, toss together the oats, quinoa, pepitas, almonds, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, honey, and olive oil. Add to the dry ingredients and toss until thoroughly combined. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy. Let cool completely.
  4. Toss with the dried fruit and ginger. Serve over yogurt.
Adapted from Food&Wine
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup

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candied ginger, almond, and quinoa granola

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.

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49 Responses to Candied Ginger, Almond, and Quinoa Granola

  1. Beth says:

    For the record, it’s never too late to read Harry Potter. Or to make granola for the first time!

  2. What on earth is Aussie style yoghurt?! I didn’t know we had a style.

    This granola looks so good though!

  3. I have never heard of this App — but, I’m also a relative newbie into the world of smartphones and apps…. I love homemade granola and like the addition of quinoa here – delicious!

  4. Sune Moolman says:

    The candied ginger in the granola takes the cake! Brilliant!

  5. Johanna GGG says:

    weird! because I made granola today and wondered if I could add that leftover crystalised ginger from christmas! you have answered my question – now I just need to know what is Aussie style yoghurt – oh and is the quinoa cooked or dry? Because I would love to try this.

  6. Now, this homemade granola is fabulous!!!! love the quinoa and the crystallized ginger. . looks so good!! and I actually haven’t heard of the Trivia Crack app . . where have I been? My husband plays Clash of Clans. . with my brother-in-law. . one life changing, addicting app is enough! 🙂

  7. This contains so many awesome ingredients – love it!!

  8. Sues says:

    This looks out of this world awesome. Candied ginger is one of my favorite things ever!

  9. Mary says:

    I make granola all the time but have never thought of using quinoa – brilliance!!! fabulous recipe and together with this yummy looking yogurt it is indeed a perfect start to the day:)

  10. SallyBR says:

    Haven’t tried quinoa on a morning type meal, sounds pretty interesting, and I’ve seen quite a few take on it…

    something to try for sure!

  11. It’s time for me to make some quinoa…I’m seeing it everywhere…so, this is it! You’ve convinced me. Your granola is beautiful!

  12. danielle says:

    I make granola a lot but I never thought of adding quinoa. Definitely trying it next time.

  13. I totally love the add of candied ginger! This is a great granola recipe, Joanne.

  14. Yum! What a unique granola recipe! Candied ginger sounds spicy and comforting and perfect for this time of year 🙂

  15. Heather says:

    I also recently discovered my husband has never read a single Harry Potter book. He has seen the movies, at least (and is rewatching them with me currently), but I told him he has to read the actual books. I’ve never actually had candied ginger, but I’d love to switch up my boring granola/yogurt blend.

  16. Julia says:

    I hadn’t heard of Trivia Crack, but now that I’m aware of it, I’m going to be out-of-service until further notice. If you need me, I’ll be answering 4th grade trivia questions..with the help of google, of course. 😉 This granola is slapping me silly…I LOVE candied ginger – have a ton of it in my pantry, ready for the granola-ing. And Aussie-style yogurt? THA.BEST!!

  17. The horror – having never read the Harry Potter books?!? 😉

    Your granola looks ahhhmazing!! I love all of those clusters…

  18. So what you’re saying is, I should not mention this new app to Paul. He has enough smartphone addictions, thankyouverymuch. Totally crushing on the new Yulu yogurt. Love how you topped it!

  19. Rachel says:

    ahhh this looks amazing! such a great and healthy topping. also, perhaps i’ve been living under a rock (strong possibility) but i haven’t heard of this app…off to check it out!

  20. Danguole says:

    I’m running out to get some of this ice cream/yogurt AND download this app you speak of. (Total sucker for trivia, I am.) You’re such a tastemaker!

  21. Damn this granola looks good, LOVE that you put quinoa in it!

  22. Eileen says:

    Yay granola! Those huge chunks of candied ginger must be a real wake-me-up at breakfast time. 🙂

  23. those chunks of candied ginger look SO good!

  24. Mmmm… I love granola and yogurt. Love the addition of quinoa here 🙂

  25. Oh, delicious, Joanne – I’m not into all these apps either – thankfully because I have NO knowledge of Harry:)

  26. Kate says:

    We do a lot of yogurt with granola. Or “granola cereal” as my son calls it. To differentiate it from what, I’m not sure.

  27. candied ginger in granola. You are the bomb, brings such a unqie sweetness and texture. I just love that idea and i could so see myself doing it with candied lemon peel or orange as well

  28. Alissa says:

    This looks awesome! And I just happen to have a bunch of candied ginger leftover from holiday baking. I’m definitely giving this a try. Great idea – thank you!!!

  29. I love granola. I have never had it with candied ginger or quinoa. Great idea for a variation.

  30. CakePants says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen granola with quinoa before, but heck, why not!? This looks delicious. You know, come to think of it, my boyfriend has always kind of avoided confirming whether he ever finished the Harry Potter series…

  31. Betty says:

    Granola and yogurt is one of my favorite breakfasts. I love the quinoa in this granola- it’s a nice addition to the traditional oats. 🙂

  32. Never made granola before?? Crazy! This looks like an amazing granola!! I have never tried quinoa in granola, but I am definitely looking into it now 🙂

  33. Isadora says:

    I have never heard of Trivia Crack before, but I just got my very first Smartphone ever so I will look it up asap!! I was just thinking about trying to use quinoa in some granola the other day and this looks wonderful! I have some candied ginger in the cupboard that needs to be used up and this granola is calling its name 🙂

  34. This granola looks amazing! I love candied ginger!

  35. Hotly Spiced says:

    Bloody hell! I’m away at the moment and the internet is super-slow. It won’t load the images! But I did see an image on instagram and I thought this granola with ginger sounded amazing. And no, I have not heard of that App. I blame my OS travels xx

  36. Teffy says:

    YUM! Love granola, it’s such an amazing breakfast and snack option. Never lasts very long in my house though as I always gobble it all up! Never added crystalised ginger to mine though, sounds super warming and yummy!

    So the quinoa you used was raw right? You just added it as is to the oven?

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  37. Kelly says:

    Homemade granola is my weakness and I absolutely love that you added quinoa and candied ginger! It looks amazing!

  38. I’m totally addicted to trivia crack right now! This granola looks so delicious!

  39. grace says:

    i can’t think of a time i saw quinoa in granola, but it makes perfect sense! this sounds unique and very delicious!

  40. Katerina says:

    Delicious granola! I have never read Harry Potter, I’ve seen the movies!

  41. This quinoa granola sounds amazing! Never thought to add quinoa to my granola! Brilliant!

  42. Sarah says:

    Yum candied ginger! This would take my usual breakfast routine up 1000 notches.

  43. My favorite thing about this granola is everything. Every single thing about it from the quinoa to the spices to the CANDIED GINGER. Oh yes!

  44. Kim says:

    This granola sounds amazing. And OH.EM.GEE….my kids got me hooked on Trivia Crack. As a matter of fact, I should go see if it’s my turn 🙂

  45. I make granola weekly. I can’t wait to try this variety. It sounds awesome with all the different flavors.

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