Baking with Quinoa!!

So, I’m just going to say it. I think I might be a genius. A modest one, obviously.

The evidence:

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I was looking around in the pantry the other night and noticed I had two boxes of unopened, unloved Quinoa sitting in there.

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I had just eaten the last of my Baked Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars, so I decided it was time to get creative and bake myself a new snack!

Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars

Not only are these tasty, they are healthy! Quinoa, masquerading as a grain but actually a seed, is a complete protein, and it’s high in magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants. Combined with the healthy fat from the peanut butter and the vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, and fiber in the oats, these make for a great power breakfast or afternoon snack. Yum!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 C cooked quinoa
  • 2 C raw oats
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C smooth peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/2 C skim milk (or non-dairy substitute)
  • 1/3 C brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 C ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

You’ll need to either have some leftover cooked quinoa on hand, or cook some up before you start this recipe. Two cups cooked quinoa is equal to roughly 1/2 cup uncooked, so prepare that amount according to the instructions on the box. Be sure to let the quinoa cool a bit afterwards.

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Preheat your oven to 350.

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl together and stir until everything is well mixed. Use some muscle!! 🙂

Scoop it all into a baking pan – I used my 7×11 pan, but you can use whatever size you have.

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Pop it in the oven and bake about 12-15 minutes. ENJOY!!

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Once you’ve tasted them 😉 and they’ve cooled a bit, I’d recommend storing the bars in the fridge covered in tin foil – it will help them to harden and stick together better. You can even cut them into bar-sized snacks and store them separately for easy grabbing and going!

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TGIF! It’s rainy and cold here in DC, but the tree outside my bedroom window is looking quite lovely and fall-esque:

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Plus, I went in to the office this morning, so instead of working at home in sweatpants, I got to put on a cute work outfit 🙂 I don’t miss sitting in an office all day, but I do sometimes miss getting to dress up cute! Isn’t the day just better when you like your outfit?

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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12 Responses

  1. awesome looking bar recipe! I love quinoa…cute outfit too btw. It is fun to dress up sometimes=) Lookjng at that tree pic made me miss living on the east coast. The fall is such a gorgeous time there.

  2. (These look AH-MAZING!) So, ummm, I know these are supposed to be healthy and all (and your recipe is)…but is it bad that it took one look at them and thought they would look really good with one end dipped in dark chocolate?
    Haha!

  3. that outfit is super cute!

  4. Great idea for quinoa! I’mm not a fan of it regular but put anything with peanut butter and I’m good with it

  5. I am definitely obsessed with Quinoa right now, those look awesome. What a great idea!

  6. Those quinoa treats look fab! And I love your cute office outfit 😀

  7. Bravo Anne . . . you ARE a genius, I must make super soon.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Very cute! Love those pants…such a pretty color. And wow, baking with quinoa??? So smart! I’ll have to try it sometime!

  9. I tried your sweet potato muffins and your healthy tuna salad this week. I think I’m going to enjoy this healthy stuff 🙂 For the muffins, I don’t like bananas, so I used apple sauce instead (probably the wrong substitute as you can use that for oils & stuff), but they were delicious! And I’ve never been a fan of mayo, so using the yogurt instead for the tuna is a great way for me to actually enjoy things like tuna salad or chicken salad. Thanks for the recipes!

  10. Love this recipe, have you by any chance prepared a rough nutritional breakdown of a serve?

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