We’ve been making these around here for the past week. They have a similar texture to store bought granola bars which my son really likes. He ate them like crazy the first day we made them, but like most things in the food department, he’s tired of it after a day…more on that later. I hope your children like them for a bit longer. These are such an easy snack because they keep for a long time and are easy to grab on the go. They do contain sugar, but the almond meal adds some protein to help balance it out. Enjoy!
Puffed Quinoa Granola Bars**
(makes about 17 small/medium bars)
4 cups puffed quinoa (or rice crisps would probably work too)
½ cup shredded coconut
1 ½ cup almond meal (you can grind up your own almonds in a coffee grinder or food processor)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
6 tablespoons coconut oil, butter or other light tasting oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a glass baking dish combine the puffed quinoa, coconut shreds, and almond meal. Stir to combine and toast in oven for 10 minutes at 350.
Put the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar has melted and all ingredients are combined. Remove from heat and pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Stir to combine and then transfer back to the glass dish (give it a spray of cooking oil first or use parchment paper on the bottom of the pan). Press out the granola bar mixture flat in the dish. I use a piece of parchment paper so my hands don’t stick.
Turn down oven to 300 and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven (it should be toasted brown at this point) and let cool. Bars will harden even more as they cool. Cut into shapes of your choosing and store in the fridge for a healthy-ish snack on the go!
**Inspired by this recipe!