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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.
Todays new snack recipe is definitely one to satisfy any and all sweet tooths. Unless you're teethless, but I'm hoping not many of you are. Even if so, you could probably grind these up slurp them through a straw. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the deliciously smooth rich brownie taste! Yup, these bars taste like raw brownies studded with rolled oats and toasted nuts.Read More
Snack time isn't always fun time. Snacks can be tough. Is this too much? Not enough? Too sweet? Too salty? Too involved? Too boring? Having healthy options on hand can mean no more anxiety laden snack time blues.
Snacks can be simple and healthy. Actually, multiple “meals,” aka snacks, throughout the day can be very beneficial in that you won’t be ravenously hungry come meal-time or be tempted to binge on the french fries calling your name. A lot of the time, homemade is healthier. There're no surprises when you do the making, but when you are in a pinch with no time for prep or much thought at all, there are a few snacks that come already made that I just love. Two of my favorites are Steve’s PaleoGoods and Siggi's Yogurt… oh and did I mention, they go perfectly together.
Steve’s PaleoGoods is a National Program based out of Camden, NJ that sells paleo friendly goods. The proceeds from sales go towards Steve’s Club for training at-risk kids in CrossFit and is working to start similar programs across the nation. If that isn’t a good cause, then I don’t know what is. Not just that, but their products are great! For this snack I used Steve’s PaleoKrunch, a grainless granola bar made with coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and honey as my crumbled “granola”.
Under that is one of my new favorite products, Siggi’s Yogurt. The yogurt is actually an Icelandic style skyr, a strained yogurt that looks and tastes a lot like greek yogurt. It’s super creamy and tasty with just the right amount of sweet and it’s made from milk from grass-fed cows. I used the coconut flavor and literally had to lick it off my plate. Siggi’s Yogurt might be low on sugar, but it’s big on taste and healthy protein from almost four times the amount of milk as regular yogurt. Regular greek yogurt is also a great sub here.
These little snacks are really cute for the thanksgiving season and sure to get kids snacking on healthy apple slices with protein packed yogurt to dip in.
Apple Turkey Tails
- 1/2 large gala apple, cored and cut into slices
- 1 container Siggi's coconut yogurt or plain greek yogurt
- 1 Steve's PaleoKrunch, original flavor
Fan out your apple slices to look like a turkey tail. Dollop yogurt onto the edge of the apples as the turkey "body". Top with crumbled Steve's PaleoKrunch bar. Use apple slices to scoop up yogurt & granola.
Now that's a snack you can feel good about.