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Quinoa Oatmeal Granola Bars

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Quinoa Oatmeal Granola Bars

Quinoa Oatmeal Granola Bars

Marian Blazes
It's easy to make your own super nutritious granola bars. Quinoa has a very complete array of amino acids for a grain, and is rich in iron. Quinoa is usually sold in its natural state (see picture here) - it resembles tiny seeds - which can be cooked in water into a rice-like pilaf. But you can also buy quinoa flakes (I buy them at Whole Foods), in which the grain is processed to look like oatmeal. Quinoa flakes can be substituted for oatmeal in any baked good. Add whatever dried fruits or nuts you like to these granola bars - your dry ingredients should total 3 to 4 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flaked quinoa
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit, such as raisins, dried pineapple, dried mango, etc.

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a 9x9 or 9x13 inch pan (depending on how thick you like your granola bars) with foil or parchment paper, letting the paper overhang the sides.

  3. Spread the oatmeal, quinoa, and chopped nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden and fragrant, about 10 minutes.

  4. Melt the butter over low heat with the honey and brown sugar until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt.

  5. Stir the butter/sugar mixture into the toasted oats and nuts. Stir in the eggs, chocolate chips, and dried fruit.

  6. Spread mixture into the baking pan and press firmly into pan.

  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.

  8. Let cool completely, then lift from pan using parchment, and cut into bars. Store granola bars in an airtight container.

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 2 out of 5
Too crumbly!!, Member mcnally14

These bars taste delicious - they are just way too crumbly! Maybe there needs to be more than one egg, or some other recipe adjustment that I didn't try to make them stick together. Also, you have coconut in the ingredient list, but don't say when to use it. Should I have baked it along with the oatmeal and quinoa? I added it with the dried fruit. I only used 1/4 c chocolate chips and upped the dried fruit to a full cup for a more healthy bar. Overall if you don't mind them falling apart, they are DE-LIC-IOUS.

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