Gluten Free Passover Recipes Part 5 : Quinoa, Pistachio & Apricot Granola

Apricot & pistachio granola #passover, #gluten Free #Vegan Breakfast

Did you guys read the story that came out last week about a well known women’s magazine? They took a picture of two LA marathon runners wearing tutus and published it in a section of the magazine called “BS meter”, basically making fun of them. Turns out, one of the runners was battling brain cancer and undergoing chemotherapy at the time, and the tutu she was wearing was part of a line she created ( Glam Runner) , to raise funds for charity (you can find the story here )

As I was reading the article, I found myself getting angrier and angrier by the minute. So many things wrong with that story.

First, who are they to make fun of anyone, anyway? Judging someone for what they’re wearing? Doesn’t seem right coming from a magazine that is supposed to empower women.

Running a full marathon requires unbelievable strength and determination (and I’m telling you this as I’m preparing to run my first HALF marathon). I can’t even imagine what it takes to do it while going through chemo.  So what if someone wants to  do it wearing a tutu, a cape, or Micky Mouse ears??  Really, who cares?

Well, apparently, some people do. Because mocking what these girls were wearing was obviously WAY more important than praising them for what they had accomplished. It’s funny. It creates buzz. It attracts more audience. Until, of course, they realized they had put their foot in their mouth. Big time. And they had to issue a public apology.

But was it because they realized they had done something wrong? Probably not. The apology  was just damage control. A way to take care of the PR nightmare they had created for themselves. And will most likely happen again. Because that “BS meter” section, will still be part of the next magazine issue, and they will continue to make fun and judge people whenever they feel like it. And the sad part is, people will continue buying it, validating it’s ok to do so.

So no. As far as I’m concerned, apology not accepted. Not until you put yourself in your own “BS meter” and realize you got it all wrong. Not until you stop focusing on the superficial nonsense and learn to THINK before you speak (or in this case, before you write): is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

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Gluten Free Passover Recipes Part 4 : Pistachio & Apricot Quinoa Granola
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Serves: 4 cups
  • Dry ingredients
  • 1¼ cups Gluten Free Matzah Farfel
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cups raw sliced almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios preferably raw (use roasted if you can't find them raw)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Wet Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp all natural vanilla extract
  • Add after baking
  • 8-10 dried apricots, sliced in half horizontally and each half cut in 6 small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 275 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (NOTE: If you're using roasted pistachios, add at the end with the dried apricots). Set aside
  3. In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix well
  4. Add the wet ingredients to dry.
  5. Mix well using your hands, so the quinoa and farfel are coated evenly.
  6. Spread evenly on lined baking sheet, to form one single, thin layer ( you may need to bake it in two batches)
  7. Bake for 45 minutes at 275F, checking and mixing every 15 minutes so it cooks evenly
  8. Let it cool slightly and add dried apricots. Mix well
  9. Let it cool completely and store in air tight container
You can find gluten free matzah farfel at the kosher for passover section of your supermarket. If you do not keep passover and cannot find Matzah farfel you can substitute it for old fashioned oats


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16 Responses to Gluten Free Passover Recipes Part 5 : Quinoa, Pistachio & Apricot Granola

  1. Raquel April 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    It’s always very difficult to find things to put in my yogurt on Pessach and this looks amazing! Crunchy, healthy and kosher for Passover! Yumm!!

    • Vicky & Ruth April 3, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      So happy we could help. It is always hard to find something different to eat for breakfast during passover

  2. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes April 4, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Ugh that story made me so mad!!! Just terrible!! On a brighter note – what a great breakfast idea you have given me!
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  3. Couldn't Be Parve April 6, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Yum this sounds delicious, and I love the container!
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  4. Coffee and Crumpets April 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    I don’t understand ugliness. Why do you have to be mean or nasty or rude? I’ve never understood that, seems very childish and immature. I am always trig to teach my children to be kind and use nice words. It’s just a mean world these days, I suppose.
    Love this flavourful granola!
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  5. Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn April 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    cute styling! Of course I don’t eat quinoa on Pesach but this looks great!

  6. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens April 8, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Ok, wow. First off, I didn’t see that Self article, but I’m really glad I didn’t! I’m honestly kinda mad just reading your recounting of it … so glad they don’t have me as one more reader! Disappointing, to say the least. My heart goes out to those courageous ladies … I hope that the backlash will actually work in a positive way, to increase awareness and support (and funds!!!) for Glam Runner and cancer charities! On a much cheerier note – this granola looks insanely delicious! And thanks for the tip on subbing oats – really thorough details here! 😀
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  7. Ronnie Fein April 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    People can be cruel, particularly when it is at the expense of someone else. Just to make a buck, it seems, for Self. When I get angry at something a corporation does I don’t buy their product. It’s only one me, but it makes me feel as if I have taken a stand. FWIW, I never bought any Calvin Klein product for 30 years (because I thought their ads featuring a 15 year old Brooke Shields was so sexually provocative that I was repulsed). I will never buy Self magazine. On another note, love the quinoa granola!
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  8. Phoebe Lapine @FeedMePhoebe April 21, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Quinoa granola- that’s such an awesome/creative idea! I will definitely have to try this. 🙂

  9. Sarah Klinkowitz May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I never read Self and frankly I won’t want to now! I love this granola – healthy and full of natural goodness!
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    • Vicky & Ruth May 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Very, very disappointed at them. I don’t think I’ll be reading it anymore. Glad you liked the recipe though 🙂

  10. Tova April 7, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    the granola is delicious but I couldn’t get it to hold together. Is it supposed to be eaten with a spoon?

    • Vicky & Ruth April 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      This granola doesn’t hold together it is supposed to be eaten with a spoon. Enjoy!!

      • Tova April 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

        This is a big hit for our vegan Pesach! Thanks!


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