Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars
These bars are not only great tasting but filling and satisfying. I at a whole one and was too full to eat dinner 3 hours later. This could be a good thing if your dieting or just want to lose a few pounds. I made these to take on hiking and canoe trips, we are often gone for hours and if you eat one of these bars you stay full in a good way. Besides all of that they taste great and are full of protein and omega fatty acids.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a ceramic or glass or metal 9X13 inch baking dish. Spread oats, quinoa and chia seeds on a cookie sheet and toast in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Return mixture to a large bowl and add coconut, nuts, and dried fruit if using. In a medium saucepan, combine salt, nut butter, honey, oil, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat. Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated. Pour into baking dish. Press mixture down into pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for up to 2 hours and then cut and serve. (Oven times may vary! Watch your bars carefully to not burn them!) Once they are brown on the edges, you can take them out.
For the chocolate:
Melted in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring until melted. Add the 1/4 chips stir until all chips are melted. This will temper the chocolate allowing it to set faster. Cut the granola bars, and dipped each one in the chocolate, and let sit on a piece of parchment paper until it hardened. Before the chocolate set I sprinkled some sea-salt on the tops of mine. The combination of chocolate an sea-salt works well together.
Nutrition data for 12 bars: 282 Calories per bar Total Fat: 15.3g Sat Fat:3.8g Cholest: 0 Sodium: 86.2mg Carb: 32.9 Fiber: 3.5g Sugar: 17.2g Protein: 6.2g