I’m a lady that likes her snacks. Somewhere around 3:00pm I am searching for something delicious to tide me over until dinner. As of late our snack choices have been of the savory variety: hummus and red pepper slices, mixed nuts with dried cranberries, chips and salsa. I decided this week we needed to mix things up. I was inspired by a recipe I saw on Lean Green Bean for quinoa breakfast bars. A sweet snack I can add quinoa to? Sold.
The recipe is simple and easy to modify. I started out a quick homemade applesauce – chop an apple, add approximately a 1/4 cup water and simmer until soft. Run through a food processor and boom, you have the healthiest applesauce around. In addition, we have oats and chia seeds for bulk and texture, roasted pecans and peanut butter for protein and a touch of salt, and dried berries and molasses for sweetness. You can mix in whatever you choose (next time I’ll be sprinkling in a bit of dark chocolate).
The result? Somewhere in between a muffin and a granola bar… and the perfect late afternoon snack.
Berry and Pecan Quinoa Granola Bars (makes 10):
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup unsulphered molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
1 cup cooked quinoa1 cup milled oats
1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup orange flavored dried cranberries
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375 and spray an 8×8 in cooking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In the base of a stand mixer fixed with the paddle attachment, combine applesauce, peanut butter, molasses, vanilla, egg white, and stir until mixed. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
Pour ingredients into dish and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
245 calories, 9.1g fat, 36.5g carbs, 13.4g sugar, 6.6g protein