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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 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

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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