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Chocolate Quinoa Brownies

There’s nothing like I like more than baking while stuck home during a blizzard. I found a recipe for German Chocolate Quinoa Brownies on one of my favourite websites, and by substituting sunflower butter for cashew butter, and sunflower seeds for pecan pieces, I came up with this nut-free, school-safe snack, that’s full of protein and fibre.

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For the Brownies:

  • 1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter (or peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, etc)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the topping:
  • 1 cup unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or pieces of pecans, almonds, etc)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper
  • Put all the brownie ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Pour the batter into the dish and bake for 30-40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the topping in a small bowl and mix well
  • Allow brownies time to cool before applying the topping
  • Slice and serve

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

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Growing up, my brother lived off peanut butter and jam sandwiches while I gravitated towards grill cheese sandwiches and cheese and crackers. I couldn’t stand the taste of peanut butter. I’m certainly making up for lost time now. Organic natural peanut butter, sunflower butter, and almond butter are always in my fridge – albeit for a short time. I love these butters as a dip for banana slices, smeared on celery, piled high on a rice cake or just clean off the spoon! Here’s a quick and easy dip idea for fruit. I love this dip with sliced apples. Or, serve with granola and a handful of sliced bananas as a breakfast option.

Serves: 1          Ready In: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of nut butter of your choice

Directions:

1. Mix yogurt and nut butter in a small dish

2. Enjoy with sliced apples, or double the recipe and top with granola and sliced bananas for a quick, tasty, and filing breakfast idea!

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