Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Quinoa Granola Bars
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Thinking of a healthy snack for school or work. These healthy, loaded with goodness granola bars are easy to make and cost fraction of the price of store bought ones.
Makes 24 depending on the size
2 ¼ cup quinoa flakes
1 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seed flour (to make pumpkin flour, grind in food processor or old coffee grinder)
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
8 pitted medjool dates, chopped or you can use 1 cup of raisins, cranberries or your favourite dried sulfite free fruit.
½ tsp. organic GF ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. organic sesame seeds
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, kids love these)
1 tbsp. chia seeds + ¼ cup warm water
½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 tbsp. psyllium husks
Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper
Add quinoa flakes, pumpkin seed flour, pumpkin seeds, medjool dates, cinnamon, sesame seeds, raw sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips into a large bowl and combine well.
In a mediums size bowl add chia seeds, water, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and psyllium husks, mix well and rest for 5 minutes, then stir into the dry ingredients and combine well.
Place mixture on to parchment paper and evenly spread with spatula
Bake for 30 minutes, cool completely before cutting to desired sizes. Refrigerate in air-tight container or freeze for future use.
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