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Quinoa Oat Granola Bars

After a few attempts at homemade granola bars, this will definitely be my staple. Aside from being quick (neither the oats nor the quinoa have to be pre-cooked), the great thing about this recipe is that you can play with flavours. I’ve included some suggestions below but I encourage you to experiment with your favourite dried fruit and nut combinations.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup large flake oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried fruit/nut combination

Procedure

  1. Grease a square dish with butter & preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine oats and quinoa and place in dish
  3. Toast in oven for 8-10 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey, oil and sugar over low heat
  5. Stir and bring to a boil, stir and remove from heat
  6. Next, toss coconut and dried fruit/nut combination, as well as the toasted quinoa and oats into the saucepan to combine all ingredients
  7. Transfer to baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes
  8. Place on a wire rack to cool before cutting

Variations

You can also melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips/peanut butter chips with 1 tbsp coconut oil in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted. Dip granola or spread on top of granola bar, place on parchment paper and allow to cool

Try changing the peanut butter to almond butter or sunflower seed oil to compliment your flavours.

  • 1 cup diced dried figs (feature picture)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries & 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanuts & 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans & 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds & 1/2 dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds & 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dates, 1/4 cup chia seeds & 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

Another quick and easy recipe for homemade granola bars.

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Serves: 12          Prep Time: 10 minutes          Ready  In: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup rice cereal
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Over low heat, combine almond butter, honey, oil and vanilla in a large sauce pan
  2. Stir to combine, then remove from heat
  3. Add remaining ingredients, except coconut and stir
  4. Grease a 9×9 pan and transfer granola
  5. Sprinkle shredded coconut
  6. Refrigerate 30 minutes, then cut into bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Gluten-free, refined sugar-free and oh so peanut-buttery yummy!

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Serves: 6-8          Prep Time: 5 mins          Ready In: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup of brown rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, optional

Directions:

  1. Combine oats and rice cereal in a small bowl
  2. Combine all other ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a small sauce pan
  3. Over low heat, stir until melted and blended
  4. Meanwhile, grease an 8×8 pan
  5. Remove from heat and add oats & rice – stir until well combined
  6. Transfer mixture to pan and top with chocolate chips, if desired
  7. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes, cut, serve and enjoy!

Quinoa Granola Bars

This is a quick and easy homemade granola bar recipe that’s peanut-free and sugar-free.

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Serves: 6-8                    Prep Time: 10 minutes                    Ready In: Overnight

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sunflower butter
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Combine sunflower butter, banana, egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined
  3. Place in a square baking sheet and refrigerate overnight
  4. Cut into square and enjoy

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