Tested till perfect Chewy Quinoa Bars
Chewy Quinoa Bars
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Chewy Quinoa Bars

These nut-free treats are chewy and packed with flavour, thanks to the tasty fruit and toasted quinoa, which also add fibre and protein to stave off hunger. Pack one in her knapsack for snack emergencies!

By Melanie Stuparyk and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: Moms Insert, Fall 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours
  • Portion size 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupquinoa
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupdark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuptahinitahini
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupliquid honey
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupvegetable oil
  • 2 cups 2cupsdried cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupslarge-flake rolled oats
  • 1 cup 1cupquinoa flakes
  • 1 cup 1cuptoasted coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cuproasted pepitas, (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupchocolate chips
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Preparation

In skillet, toast quinoa over medium- high heat, shaking pan often, until brown and beginning to pop, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in saucepan, combine corn syrup, tahini, honey and oil; heat over medium heat, shaking pan often, until melted and smooth, about 6 minutes.

In large bowl, combine cherries, oats, quinoa flakes, coconut flakes, pepitas and toasted quinoa; stir in syrup mixture to coat evenly. Scrape into parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, pressing firmly with bottom of greased measuring cup or greased spatula.

Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; let cool completely on rack. Refrigerate until chocolate chips are set, about 30 minutes. Cut into bars. (Make ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.)

Nutritional Information Per bar: about

cal 376 pro 9g total fat 15g sat. fat 4g
carb 57g dietary fibre 6g sugar 28g chol 0mg
sodium 56mg potassium 356mg

%RDI

iron 27 vit a 4 vit C 2 folate 15
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