I don’t usually eat granola bars, I find them too sweet for my taste and I don’t like to eat food with an ingredient list that I can’t pronounce. I do however like to make them at home where I can control what goes into them. These are full of toasted oats, quinoa, flax meal and chia seeds so they have a nice amount of protein in them. I like to toast the oats in butter before assembling them but you could substitute coconut oil instead. The butter adds a delicious nutty flavor to the bars and gives them great texture. I think of these as a sweet treat to replace an afternoon cookie or candy bar so I don’t mind the addition of the butter.
Quinoa granola bars
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment for easy removal of the bars.
In a medium skillet melt the butter or coconut oil over medium heat and add the oats. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the oats start to turn golden brown. Transfer the oats to a medium mixing bowl. Add the quinoa, flaxseed, chia seeds, cinnamon and hazelnuts and hazelnuts to the oats.
In a small saucepan add the honey and peanut butter and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour the syrup over the oats and using a spatula make sure that all the ingredients are evenly coated. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake the bars for 20 to 25 minutes until the bars are golden brown. Let them cool completely, slice into 12 portions and serve.