Quinoa, Chia & Banana Breakfast Bars *The perfect pre and post workout fuel. Gluten free and low in sugar making these bars a great guilt free indulgence. PLUS, they are quite easy to adapt with different nuts and dried fruits for a variety of flavours.
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup uncooked pre-rinsed quinoa
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries work well)
1/4 cup natural creamy almond butter or peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper to prevent bars from sticking.
In a large bowl, combine oats, uncooked quinoa, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir in mashed banana and vanilla. Fold in almonds, pecans (or walnuts) and dried fruit.
Place a small saucepan over low heat; add in almond butter and honey (or maple syrup) and stir until warm and almond butter is melted. Fold into granola bar mixture until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and press down firmly with hands or with a measuring cup to help bars stay intact. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
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