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Healthy Holiday Quinoa Bars

RECIPE BY: Vindi’s Kitchen

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What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with these healthy holiday quinoa bars! Cinnamon pairs perfectly with the dried fruits and nuts to keep you feeling energized throughout your Christmas preparations. To “spice” things up you can substitute any kind of dried fruit, spice, or nut to make these bars your own (just use the same quantity)!

Makes 8 bars 

INGREDIENTS

Dry:

  • 2 cups GoGo Quinoa quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup toasted almonds roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ¼ cups pepitas
  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Wet:

  • ½ cups peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (can substitute with honey/rice malt syrup)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare a 9” by 9” pan lined with parchment paper
  2. Microwave the dates for 40 seconds to 1 minute (or until warm and soft)
  3. Add all dry ingredients with dates to a big bowl
  4.  In a saucepan over medium heat add oil, peanut butter and maple syrup until just melted
  5.  Pour the wet mixture on to the dry and mix with a spoon till everything is coated
  6. Transfer everything into a food processor and pulse until mixture sticks together
  7. The mixture will be sticky (you should be able to form a ball easily with your palm)
  8.  If it is crumbly, keep processing or pulse a few times, add a bit more maple syrup or a teaspoon of hot water
  9. Deposit the sticky mixture on to the prepared baking tray
  10. Spread evenly and flatten using your palm or spatula to make a firm slab
  11. Refrigerate for several hours to set (at least 5 hours or overnight)
  12. When firm, take the slab out of the pan and place on a cutting board
  13. Using a sharp knife, cut into pieces. Enjoy!
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