Quinoa Energy Power Bars Posted on 23 Dec 09:45

Everyone experiences that 3:00 pm drop in energy at the office. Instead of reaching for the sweet table try these Power Energy Quinoa Bars as your after noon snack.
What’s great about Quinoa is that it’s a complex carbohydrate and will give you sustained energy to help push you through your day until dinnertime. 
The best part about this bar is that it doubles as a sweet tooth craving fix. 
These ingredients are most likely already in your cupboard at home! Often times the figs can be substituted for any dried fruit you like. Especially during the holidays I like to use dried cranberries or cherries. 
The peanut butter can be replaced with any kind of nut butter you prefer and will help keep you full for hours. If you’re looking to make a nut free bar for kids to take to school then use the ever-popular Sun Butter as a substitute.
I like to start off all my recipes by gathering and measuring my ingredients to keep my
kitchen organized. Nothing is worse then having your batter ready to go and then your
running around the house looking for the right pan!
For this batch of Power Energy Quinoa Bars I decided to use peanut butter and figs. The
dried fruit should go into the food processor until it looks a bit gooey and then it’s time
to add the peanut butter, maple syrup and a bit of water as needed to make your dough.
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Instead of quinoa you're going to want to pick up some Quinoa flakes (http://quinoa.ca/products/organic-quinoa-flakes) or use a strong food processor like a
to turn the Quinoa seeds into flakes. This is what gives these bars that awesome
CRUNCH that we loved so much from when we were kids. Using your washed hands or a spatula; mix the quinoa flakes into your dough. The consistency should be sticky and hold together like a ball.
Take a minute to notice that these bars are gluten, dairy free and depending how you make th
em, nut free as well.
You should feel good about using all natural ingredients in your daily life!
Be sure to use your hands to spread the dough evenly and press firmly on the pan. If you
have a metal spatula they work great to even out the top for a professional look!
I hope you find these satisfying as your midday snack! The best part of my day is
enjoying them with a cup of coffee. Trying to avoid the cookie counter can be tough butwith a little preparation on the weekend you can have a crunchy treat you feel good about every day of the week!
Enjoy!

Power Energy Quinoa Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 10 - 12 bars 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup dried Turkish figs (you can also use cranberries, Raisins or Apricots for different flavors!)
  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter* (creamy or chunky) *substitute for any nut butter you prefer 3
  • 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup 
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a square baking dish (8" x 8") with parchment paper
  3. Add figs or dried fruit to a food processor and process until they are broken down to a consistency that's gooey.
  4. Add peanut butter and maple syrup (2-4 tablespoons depending on your desired sweetness.
  5. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time if the dough is too dry.
  6. Add quinoa flakes and kneed into the dough.
  7. Transfer dough into prepared baking dish and press down firmly with your hands. You want the dough to be as uniform as possible to bake evenly.
  8. Bake bars on center rack for 15-25 minutes until the edges begin to brown and they are no longer sticky.
  9. Remove and let cool completely in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board and slice them into bars.
  10. Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for ultimate freshneshness.