Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars
Add a nutty flavor to your granola or granola bars. Quinoa can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (in the form of oleic acid). Quinoa can also provide small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
1 cup of uncooked quinoa
1 cup of oats
1/2 cups of coconut Strips
1 cup combination of nuts and dried fruits (preferably pecans)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of peanut butter
3/4 cup of honey
1 Tbl honey
3 Tbl Brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a ceramic or glass 9X13 in. baking pan. Spread the oats and quinoa on a cookie sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
- Return mixture to a large bowl. Add coconut, nuts, and dried fruit.
- In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, oil and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour over mixture of oats. Combine dry ingredients until the mixture is evenly coated.
- Pour entire mixture into the baking dish and press down into the pan. Bake for 20 mintues. (Careful not to burn them!) Let cool for up to 2 hours. When the edges appear brown, they are ready to be cut and served!
For an even tastier treat:
- Combine 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp. of oil
- Melt in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Stir until melted.
- Slice bars and dip each one in the chocolate. Allow the bars to sit on a sheet of parchment paper until they harden.
12 bars: 282 Calories per bar
Total Fat: 15.3 g
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