Thursday, June 26, 2014

6 Ingredient {Nut Free} Quinoa Bars

I cannot believe I just got on the homemade granola bar bandwagon.  You guys, making your own bars are not only so EASY, but they are infinitely versatile!  I have been wanting to create a high protein, nut-free, no-oil, {sweet} energy bar for the kids to take to school since most are a nut-free zone these days.  

Just a few simple ingredients and you are on your way to granola bar heaven!

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup uncooked oats (can be gluten free)
1 cup packed dates, pulverized in a food processor or finely chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup honey (i used a little less than a half cup)
1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.  Place quinoa and oats in a baking dish and toast for 10 minutes.  While the quinoa and oats are toasting, add the sunbutter and honey to a small saucepan.  Heat on low until soft and smooth.  Stir every minute or so.  In a large bowl, add the quinoa/oats and dates.  Combine well.  Add the smooth sunbutter/honey mixture and use your hands to combine so everything is coated.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.  This step is definitely not necessary as I thought it turned out a little too sweet.  But my son will love it!

Using either plastic wrap or parchment paper, line a shallow baking dish.  I used an 8x8 pyrex.  Add the prepared mix and press down firmly to cover the entire bottom.  Cover with plastic wrap or more parchment paper and transfer to fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to set.

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