I’ve been wanting to bake some bars since the beginning of this year and finally got to making some this weekend! I was debating between quinoa or protein bars and ended up picking a quinoa recipe that I found on Bon Appetit. The ingredient list was fairly simple (which I liked) and I only needed to pick up some dried cherries. Instead of almonds I subbed in some hazelnuts and instead of brown rice syrup I subbed in maple syrup since I already had it in my fridge. Also a great tip is to purchase quinoa from Costco, they have a brand of quinoa that already comes pre-washed! The only other small edit I made was to bake the bars a little longer in the oven than was listed. The dried cherries add a nice sweet but tart flavour to the bars, I would 100% make them again! A great little treat perfect for on the go occasions!
RECIPE (15 bars)
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup quinoa (pre-rinsed from Costco)
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup dried tart cherries
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water
PREHEAT: to 350 and place parchment paper (leaving overhang on all sides) on 8×8″ baking tray.
COMBINE: hazelnuts, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds on the rimmed baking sheet to toast, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 10–12 minutes. Let cool.
PREHEAT: to 200, reducing oven temperature.
BLEND: dried cherries, maple syrup, salt, and 2 Tbsp. water in a food processor until well blended.
COMBINE: cherry and nut-seed mixture in a medium bowl and stir until well mixed. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan.
BAKE: until no longer sticky, 30 – 35 minutes. Let cool, then place into refrigerator to chill before cutting into bars.