Quinoa Granola Bars.

 

I think we all are trying to be a bit healthier post-Thanksgiving.  I’ve been meaning to whip up a granola bar recipe that my kids could take to school and my husband can take to work that isn’t filled with preservatives and ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  And I wanted to use ingredients that we love and have on hand.  These turned out great!  Can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of wheat bran
1/3 cup of chia bran (or oat bran
1/3 cup of flax meal
2/3 cup of toasted coconut
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of quinoa (uncooked)
1/4 cup of slivered almonds or walnuts (whatever nuts you like)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots -whatever you love)
1 tablespoons of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup
Optional:  1/4 cup of chocolate chips
Pinch or two of salt

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 13×9 glass pan with parchment paper and set aside.  In your stand mixer, paddle attached, blend all of the ingredients together.  When done, spoon it into your prepared pan.  Take a large piece of plastic wrap and lay it over top.  Press the mixture down firmly with your hand.  The plastic will help you to do this neatly. Then bake for 35-38 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.  Let cool.  Remove by pulling up on the overhanging parchment paper.  Cut or break into pieces.  Enjoy!

— Knead to Cook

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  1. These look fabulous and I’m going to try them, omitting the wheat bran. Oddly, i found them under your Gluten Free link….

    Do you think I need to sub something in for the wheat bran I’m going to leave out? I am not sensitive to all gluten, luckily only wheat. 🙂

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