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A chewy, healthy quinoa granola bar- packed with and oats, coconut and dried fruit, a favorite of kids and adults alike!
I’m well and truly on the quinoa bandwagon. It’s something we only tried recently, but it’s become a favorite in our household. I love the flavor of it, and the fact that it packs a decent nutritional punch is a major bonus.
But did you know quinoa is not just a side dish? Included here in these granola bars, it adds a ton of protein and fiber – and is delicious!
I threw these together on a Saturday afternoon while the boys napped – and think they’re so good – I might actually hide the next batch from my family. Looking forward to adding them to my lunch bag!
Full, printable recipe below – just scroll down to the recipe card!
- QUINOA – uncooked quinoa
- 7 GRAIN CEREAL – can sub traditional old fashioned oats – not the quick kind or steel cut
- COCONUT – go for the unsweetened kind!
- CRANBERRIES – dried
- PEANUT BUTTER – sub in some almond butter if you prefer.
- HONEY & MOLASSES
- OIL – Coconut oil is good in this!
- BROWN SUGAR
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Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup 7 grain cereal or oats (not the quick kind (can sub traditional oats))
- 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 Tbs oil
- 3 Tbs dark brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease a ceramic or glass 9X13 inch baking dish (or use a brownie pan like I did)
- Spread oats and quinoa on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Return mixture to a large bowl and add coconut, and dried cranberries.
- In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, molasses, oil, and brown sugar.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat.
- Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated. Pour into baking dish.
- Press mixture down into pan. Bake for 20 minutes, watching carefully – they burn easily. If using a brownie pan, check on them at about 10 mins. Once they are browned on the edges, take them out.
- Let cool, and serve.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
Source: Adapted from Superhealthy Kids
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