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This recipe contains many nutritious staples such as chia seeds, flax seeds, almond butter, oats, and quinoa. The dried fruits and nuts can be simply substituted to your taste.
To make the bars, follow the recipe below for more details. However, it is as simple as combining all ingredients (except almond butter and honey), and mixing well. In a small sauce pan heated to medium-high heat, add the almond butter and honey and cook until well combined, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to quinoa mixture. Stir until well combined.
Add quinoa mixture to a 8 x 8 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.
Push down with your hands firmly until the quinoa mixture is evenly spread out and intact.
Place in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown. Let stand until completely cooled, about two hours or more.
When quinoa bars are completely cooled, cut equally into 10 bars. You can now indulge in a tasty treat, or place in the fridge for up to 2 days. For long term storage, individually wrap with saran wrap and place in freezer until ready to eat.
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked and rinsed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp flax seed, milled
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 2 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract
- 1/3 cup blueberries, dried and unsweetened
- 1/2 cup almonds, slivered
- 3 tbsp coconut, shredded
- 1/4 cup almond butter, natural
- 2 tbsp honey
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Line a 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
- Combine the oats, quinoa, cinnamon, flax seed, and chia seed in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Add banana, coconut extract, blueberries, almonds, and coconut. Stir until combined and mixed well.
- Heat a small saucepan to medium-high heat, add almond butter and honey and mix until combined. About 1 minute.
- Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture, stir until mixed well.
- Add the mixture to the lined 8x8 baking dish. Push down firmly with your hands so that the mixture is spread evenly and well combined throughout the baking dish.
- Add to preheated oven and cook for 25 minutes or until sides are lightly brown. When done remove from heat and let cool completely before cutting. This should take two hours or more. Store in the fridge for 2 days, or wrap with plastic wrap and place in freezer until ready to eat.
200 calories, 6g protein, 6g fat, 25g carbohydrate, 5g fiber