Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No Sugar Added - Almond Quinoa Granola Bars

Talk about a power food bar! Quinoa is GREAT for you, just one 3.5 oz serving provides 12-15 g of protein! 
Inspiration taken from Anja's Food 4 Thought

1/4 C Uncooked Quinoa
1/4 C Ground Flax Seed
1/2 scoop of protein powder (optional)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 Dried Dates (about 5)
1/3 C Dried Prunes (about 8)
1/4 C Raisins
3/4 C whatever nuts seeds you want (pumpkin, sunflower, almonds, walnuts, etc)
Banana sweetener (recipe below)
1 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if needed)

Place above ingredients (except banana sweetener and oats) in food processor, pulse until combined well.

Banana Sweetener:
In small pot mash 2 VERY ripe bananas and 1/4 C Almond Butter. Cook over low heat until well combined. (not too long)

Add Banana mixture to nut mixture, and pulse until combined.
Add 1 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (gluten free optional) and pulse just barely until combined, don't over process.

Spread in bread pan lined with parchment and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
Let cool and slice into bars.


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