Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Quinoa Granola Bars

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You can’t beat the fresh taste of homemade Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Quinoa Granola Bars. This is a nut-free granola bar recipe and is super simple to make. 

The healthy granola bar is excellent for school lunches, travelling, or just a pick-me-up snack. This gluten-free bar is a delicious, allergy-friendly snack for everyone!

Ingredients in this healthy quinoa granola bar.

This crispy bar is loaded with good things such as pumping seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and psyllium husks.

I used Medjool dates and pure maple syrup to sweeten the quinoa bar. Then, for flavour, a pinch of cinnamon and vanilla. You can also add a handful of chocolate chips. But they are optional.

For fats, I added coconut oil. And you also get healthy fats from the seeds.

How to make Quinoa granola bar?

First, combine most of the dry ingredients.

Mix the water, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, chia seeds and psyllium husks and set aside for a few minutes.

Then, combine everything and spread the mixture into a pan to about 3/4 inch thick layer

Bake and cool, then cut into desired sizes.

 

multi-coloured quinoa in a measuring cup

 

why eat Quinoa?

There are many reasons to Eat Quinoa. If you have been hearing more about Quinoa lately, that is because it is considered a “superfood.” 

Quinoa (“KEEN-wah”) is a relative of beets, spinach and Swiss chard, but its seeds resemble a whole grain and are prepared and eaten in much the same way as rice. 

These tiny seeds, also called grains, are available in light brown, red and even black varieties. Quinoa is light yet filling and has a mellow flavour. Check out this Sweet Summer Quinoa Arugula Salad.

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and easier to digest than other grains. Some highlights to mention about the healthiness of Quinoa are that this seed is a good source of iron, B2 and other essential minerals.

Quinoa is considered the richest source of complete protein in grains and is exceptionally high in lysine more than any other grain. You will love the Easy Greek Quinoa Salad, it is one of most popular salads

Including Quinoa in a well-balanced diet will promote good health.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seed flour (to make pumpkin flour, grind pumpkin seeds in a food processor or old coffee grinder)
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 8 pitted medjool dates, chopped or you can use 1 cup of raisins or dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. 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, melted
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. psyllium husks
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    Instructions

  • 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 mix together
  • In a separate size bowl add chia seeds, 1/2 cup of water, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and psyllium husks. Mix well and rest for 5 minutes. Add into the dry ingredients and mix together
  • Place mixture onto parchment paper and evenly spread with spatula to about 3/4-inch thickness
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into desired sizes. To store, refrigerate in an air-tight container or freeze for future use.
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