With the amount of quinoa I have in this house, it just makes sense to create sweet treats using this ingredient. The idea for quinoa granola bars came about last night as I was looking in the refrigerator for some kind of dessert and noticed a large container of leftover quinoa from Monday’ night’s dinner. I thought about oats and how quinoa was a sort of similar grain, and decided granola bars may be the way to go.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola Bars
Makes 10-12 servings.
1 2/3 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup pecans
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon
1/3 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place quinoa in a large mixing bowl.
Add in pecans and chocolate chips.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and egg.
Add in peanut butter and mix again.
Spread into baking pan or baking sheet. My pan was a little too small, I would recommend a larger rectangle shape if available.
Bake for 15 minutes.
As hard as it is to wait, I would refrigerate overnight. I waited about 25 minutes to cut into the bars, but they were still a little too runny.
What is your favorite type of granola bar?
Have you ever tried quinoa as a sweet treat or dessert? If so, any favorite recipes?