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.