I have been playing around a bit with quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) in the kitchen.
It’s such an interesting grain that has ancient origins dating back to the Inca civilization.
This red quinoa seems to keep it’s texture a bit better than other quinoa I have cooked with and it is pre-washed so less time prepping in the kitchen.
Today, I prepared enough quinoa to make my Tomato Lime Quinoa Salad and enough to attempt to make some granola bars featuring quinoa, to up the protein and fiber content. I have to admit, this is not my first try at making a quinoa based granola bar. My first attempt was kinda dry and somewhat tasteless….so I had to toss the whole batch. Boo
I changed up the recipe this time and I think it came out mighty fine.
I LOVE the taste of coconut so I used unsweetened grated coconut and some coconut oil to add some serious coconut flavor, but you can use butter if you’d rather. I think regular vegetable oil may make them too crumbly but you certainly could try to substitute it in the recipe.
These bars are easy to make, just add all the ingredient and mix to blend, then press firmly into a square 8 x 8 pan and bake them up.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (I like Ancient Harvest Inca Red Quinoa)
- 2 TB oatbran
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 TB butter (I like 2 TB coconut oil and 1 TB butter)
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla (I usually use a bit more maybe 1 1/2 tsp.)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In medium size mixing bowl, add all ingredients and gently stir to blend.
- Press into an 8 x 8 greased square baking pan, press firmly!
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let granola bars cool to room temperature and then in the refrigerator to cool completely before cutting. I store them in individual wax paper bags.
I hope you try these granola bars. Homemade granola bars made with whole foods, foods as close to they exist in nature unlike soybean isolates, chicory root extract, and all sorts of ‘what the heck is that?’ ingredients often found in commercial varieties. And you can wrap them up in individual wax paper bags and make them look cute too!