In my never ending quest for new snack options for my boys, I have tried some strange combinations. It can be so hard to find something they like that is not loaded with sugar or additives. Making my own snacks can be a good option but I don’t always have the time for complicated recipes. I was so happy when I saw this recipe for Quinoa Bars from My Whole Foods Life . It was easy and had very few but yummy ingredients. I love quinoa- every cup has 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and is a good source of manganese, magnesium, folate, phosphorous and B vitamins. It is a gluten free seed with some serious nutrition! I had never tried quinoa flakes before so was curious to see what they were like. I bought Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes. They were so nutty and yummy that I used them again this am in some chia seed pudding. I could see a lot of uses for them!
I wanted to make a few tweaks to the recipe but pretty much left it as it was designed. I decided to add some chocolate chips to these bars to entice my boys to eat them. I really like Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips because they taste like regular chocolate chips but are gluten, soy and dairy free- so yummy! Finally, I had a weird assortment of nut butters that I cobbled together because I didn’t have much of any particular type. I used Mara Natha All Natural Roasted Almond Butter, Maranatha Cashew Butter and a tiny bit of a local pumpkin seed butter.
The recipe from My Whole Foods Life was for raw bars but I wanted to try to bake them to see if I could get them to hold together better. (I often find my raw bars tend to be crumbly.) I wasn’t sure if it would help but decided to give it a shot.
- 2 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
- 1 heaping cup almond butter (I used a combination of almond, cashew and pumpkin)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (you could substitute honey)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place quinoa flakes in bowl with cinnamon, and salt.
- Heat nut butters, syrup, coconut oil and vanilla over low fire until well combined.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
- Add chocolate chips. They will melt if you don't allow the dough to cool. I like them melted so didn't cool the dough.
- Spread dough in 8X8 parchment lined pan.
- Press down firmly to compress the dough.
- Place in oven for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
- Allow to cool and then enjoy.
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