Did some baking his morning. This is such a delicious snack! I loved these bars so much. I at least made these 5 times this past month(oops lol). I defiantly recommend trying them out! :)
(Healthy) Quinoa Snack Bars!
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 extra-large or large egg - I always use extra large eggs
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter - I love MaraNatha organic peanut butter
- 1/4 cup local raw honey or maple syrup - I’ve used both honey and maple syrup and both taste great
- 1/2 cup quinoa flour, chickpea flour, almond flour or whole wheat flour - I used quinoa flour, as I purchased some on sale
- 1 cup cooked quinoa - you can use fresh or leftover quinoa
- 1 cup rolled oats - you can use gluten-free oats to keep these bars gluten-free
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds or pecans, chopped - I used raw almonds and toasted them
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup goji berries or dried cranberries, dried cherries, rasins, dried blueberries, or anything you like.
- First things first! Now if you have roasted almonds and leftover quinoa, then you can bypass the next two steps.
- If you don’t have any leftover quinoa then you will have to cook some up. Bring 1 cup well rinsed quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Once the quinoa has come to a boil, give it a stir, cover it, and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook the quinoa until all the water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Note: Please check your package of quinoa for cooking instructions, as they all vary.
- The quinoa is done when its tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues. Let the quinoa cool a bit. Note: You will have leftover quinoa, but you can use it for so many dishes throughout the week.
- Next, if you don’t have roasted almonds on hand, you can toast up some raw almonds. I typically only have raw almonds in the house, so I always just toast some up when needed for a recipe. Just take 1/2 cup raw whole almonds and add them to a dry skillet set over medium heat, and swirl them around in the pan for a few minutes until they become golden brown in color.
- Roughly chop the almonds into small pieces.
- Grease a 8x8 pan and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Measure out the 1/3 cup applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/3 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup honey.
- Combine the applesauce, vanilla, egg, peanut butter and the honey in a medium-sized bowl, and whisk together well.
- Add to the peanut butter mixture, the 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1 cup oats, chopped nuts, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and the 1/2 cup goji berries, and using a spatula combine until mixed together.
- Spoon the mixture into the greased 8×8 pan using a spatula to smooth out the top.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Let the bars cool a bit, and dig in. You can either cut up the bars and individually wrap them for on-the-go convenience, or cover the bars and cut up as needed.
Like this. Looks really good