Quinoa Energy Bars

Quinoa Energy Bars


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Quinoa, otherwise known as  “the superfood” ,  has become increasingly popular among those who are trying to transition to a healthier lifestyle.  Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals. It is also recommended for people who are on a gluten-free diet.    For those who are still just simply trying to work out how to pronounce it,  it’s  KEEN-wah or ke-NO-ah.

Try and make your own potassium, protein packed snack. it’s all the energy you need to fuel your busy afternoon and your workout.

 

¾ cup dry quinoa (or about 2 cups cooked)
½ cup dates, pitted
3 tbsp agave nectar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
½ tsp almond extract
¼ tsp salt
½ cup protein powder (prefer an unsweetened hemp version)
½ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Spray an 8×8 baking dish lightly with baking spray. Rinse the dry quinoa in cold water, then let sit in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. In the meantime, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Drain the quinoa and add to the boiling water. Cover, and reduce heat to simmer for about 12 minutes. Let cool enough to handle. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cooked quinoa, dates, agave nectar, vegetable oil, flaxseed, almond extract, and salt. Process until relatively smooth (the quinoa is so small it stays slightly lumpy). In a small bowl, stir together the protein powder, flour, and stir-ins. Fold this dry mixture into wet mixture with a spatula. The dough is very thick, like cookie dough, so use the spatula to press into prepared pan evenly. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, until firm. Let cool, then slice into a dozen bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months, although personally, if you have the time, Its preferable to make just enough to eat while fresh.

Makes 12 servings

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