What is important about a healthy and beneficial recipe is that it should be sugar free. Also flour is not necessary. No oil neither. Additives, emulsifiers and supplements such as gluten are surely not something we need in our organism. All these advantages are satisfied with the following recipe. Another good news is that is contains only 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of plant-based protein per plate!
The quinoa herb (it is pronounced “keen-wah” if this is the first time you hear about this grain crop) belongs to the goosefoot family. Toasted quinoa and oats are mixed with coconut, pistachios and pecans, no sugar added, as we mentioned before. Afterwards the combination is trickled over melted peanut butter and honey. After baking is over, the bars of this mixture are manually dipped in a tasty dark chocolate.
Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars
- 1 cup quinoa, raw
- 1 cup oatmeal, raw
- 1/2 cup chopped coconut
- 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
- 1/2 cup grated pecans
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup unpasteurized organic honey
- 1 cup melted dark chocolate
Tip: Pay attention to the oatmeal you use, it should be gluten-free in order to prepare 100% gluten-free recipe!
Let the oven heat to 350 degrees and spray a baking pan and a 9×13 dish with a cooking spray.
Put the quinoa and oatmeal into the baking pan. The mixture shouldstayin the oven for about 8 minutes,it is enough to stir it once only.
In the meantime, place peanut butter and honey in a deepcooking pan and melt them at mild heat.
Once the quinoa and oatmeal are baked, mix them with nuts and coconut in a deep dish.
Drizzle the peanut butter and honey sauce over the concoction and stir to make it even.
Press the mixture into 9×13 baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes. You will know that it is ready when the edges become moderately browned.
Leave it to cool for about 45 minutes and then slice it into 12 pieces.
Afterwards, each piece should be dipped into dark chocolate and then the pieces can cool on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator until they are ready.
Keep the bars at normal room temperature in a sealed container. Bon appétit!