To be honest with you guys, I don't technically know what a buddah bowl is. From what I've seen, they seem to be bowls of food, mostly veggies, protein, and grains all in one. I figured this bowl I made for lunch today qualified and thus the sweet potato buddah bowl was born.Read More
Today I'm coming in hot with a quinoa granola bar recipe that'll knock your socks off! That is, if you're wearing any. They're sweet, nutty bars made from oats & quinoa (which you don't even have to cook first!). Great as a snack or a healthy sub for all those Christmas cookies you probably have or will have lying around the house this week!
Quinoa Granola Bars
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used tri-colored)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds (half whole, half chopped)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup flax seeds (or a handful chia seeds)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saute pan, toast the oats and quinoa over medium high heat until fragrant. Remove and combine with cashews, almonds, coconut flakes, dried fruit, and flax seeds in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat and stir the honey, agave, coconut oil, and nut butter until hot & melted. Pour over quinoa and oat mix in the large bowl and fold to combine.
Line a 9x13 or 8x8 baking dish with parchement paper (depending on how thick you want your bars; I used 8x8 to get a thicker bar). Pour mix into pan and flatten with the back of a spoon or spatula. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden and the edges are toasted. Sprinkle top with sea salt & allow to cool at room temp for 15 minutes. Place in the refrigerator and let cool for another 20-30 minutes before slicing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Don't get stuck in a salad rut! Here's a lovely little kale & sweet potato salad recipe with a bit of a tropical twist in the form of mango. Another great add in would be toasted coconut. YUM.
Tropical Kale & Sweet Potato Salad
- 1/4 small-medium sized sweet potato, diced
- 1 handful kale, chopped
- 1 handful mixed greens
- 1 handful baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 small cucumber, peeled & sliced
- 1/4 mango, peeled, cored, & diced
- 4-6 oz chopped rotisserie chicken
- 1 small handful roasted unsalted cashews & almonds
- dressing of choice (a key lime vinaigrette would be ideal, but oil and white balsamic vinegar works well too)
Take your sweet potatoes and throw them in a hot sauté pan with some olive oil. Let them cook until nice and golden brown on all sides and sprinkle with some course salt. (This can be done in advance or you can use roasted sweet potatoes)
While those are cooking, prep your salad. Throw the mixed greens and spinach, cucumber, mango, chicken, and nuts all into a large bowl. My salad was pretty big, so feel free to adjust the ingredients as needed.
When your sweet potatoes are done and cooked through, toss them in there. Throw your kale in the same pan and splash a little olive oil in there. Throw in some minced garlic and let that stuff cook until wilted and fragrant. sprinkle with that salt and throw that in your salad too. I like to eat them still hot. I’m all about that hot and cool mix, but if you’re not, feel free to cook these ahead of time and let them cool in the fridge. You can even cook them the night before for easy prep on a weekday. OR if you like raw kale just throw the chopped leaves into the large bowl with everything else.
Drizzle with your dressing, toss, and enjoy. Eat this one slow, like you're on a beach.