Sometimes you have no idea you're in the midst of greatness. By greatness I'm referring to an amazingly successful recipe and by no idea you're in the midst of it, I mean I didn't realize I should have been documenting until after I stuffed one of these in my mouth. Luckily, these muffins were a take on an old favorite of mine: the sweet potato blender muffin.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.
As you guys can probably tell, I'm all about the healthy fats, especially at snack time! That's why one of my favorite snacks is smooth & creamy almond butter. It's got healthy Omega-3's and toasted nutty flavor in an easily spreadable form... perfect. You can get some pretty good almond butter in the stores, but a lot of them have unnecessary added ingredients like cane sugar or are loaded with salt. Good news is, almond butter is so easy to make right at home as long as you've got almonds, a food processor, and a little bit of time.Read More