Simply Healthy Family: Granola-Quinoa Fruit Bars - GF

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Granola-Quinoa Fruit Bars - GF



These were great. More like a soft granola bar with just the right amount of peanut butter. Great after school snack or grab and go breakfast! Can you tell we like those around here? It's so much cheaper and healthier to make your own snacks in bulk like this. I always double my recipes and freeze some if necessary, but they usually get gobbled up within the week. These are gluten free and full of good-for-you things. Quinoa is a super healthy whole grain, it's actually a complete protein all by itself. It has a slightly nutty taste making it perfect in granola bars.


adapted from 101 CookBooks
TIME   5 minutes active, 25 minutes baking    Makes about 15 bars

You Will Need:

1 cup dried date pieces or 10 dates, diced
1 cup water, more or less
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Agave Nectar or Honey
1/2 cup old fashioned oats ( I use Coach's Oats)
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup dried fruit, chopped (I used craisins, apricots, blueberries and strawberries)
1/4 cup flaxmeal (ground flaxseed)

parchament paper or 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
*you could also use peanut oil, almond oil, walnut oil or grapeseed oil. I would stay away from Canola, vegetable and olive oils since any oil will absorb into your food and thus aquire their taste.



Putting it all together:

Lightly coat inside of an 8x8 baking dish with oil or line with parchment paper making sure parchment comes above all sides of the dish. Preheat oven to 350 F.
 In a saucepan over low heat, heat peanut butter, water, quinoa, oats, fruit, pistachios and flax. With a big, sturdy wooden spoon, stir to completely mix. If the mixture is too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more peanut butter.
 Remove from heat and press into baking dish using spoon. Bake for 20-25 minutes if desired, or just chill for an hour for more sticky bars and to make theese Raw (make sure to chill for an hour even after you bake them). Remove from pan and slice into bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.













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10 comments:

  1. An interesting recipe.

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  2. I can't do too much quinoa (for my sugars) but my kids would probably love these! Thanks for a new recipe to try.

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  3. 101 cookbooks never disappoints! This looks so great...I love the raw quinoa in there, and of course, I love the dates! These would be a perfect snack during my long graduate seminars. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Sounds fantastic, I'm a big fan of museli bars so I will definitely be trying this with quiona...never cooked/baked/eaten it before but I'm sure it will deliver yummy results.

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  5. I love these! Hmm...I wonder what I could sub for the nut butter to make them for my daughter.....

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  6. How about Tahini? It's made w sesame seeds.

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  7. These granola bars look awesome Gwen. I never would have thought of using quinoa in something like this, but it makes total sense. I'm thinking I would love some dried figs or dried cherries in this. Definitely a must-try.

    Thanks for sharing with Make it with Mondays challenge quinoa. I do hope you'll join in again - your contributions have been inspiring.

    Sue xo

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  8. These granola bars look awesome Gwen. I never would have thought of using quinoa in something like this, but it makes total sense. I'm thinking I would love some dried figs or dried cherries in this. Definitely a must-try.

    Thanks for sharing with Make it with Mondays challenge quinoa. I do hope you'll join in again - your contributions have been inspiring.

    Sue xo

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  9. I love these! Hmm...I wonder what I could sub for the nut butter to make them for my daughter.....

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  10. How about Tahini? It's made w sesame seeds.

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