Quinoa Oat Protein Bars

Oddest Sunday morning in our house ever.  

Scott started his cleanse today; I'm on my first day of "normal" food, but with no-wheat, no-added sugar. (Today is Day 6) 

Scott juiced-just carrots and an apple.  I had forgotten that we even had a juicer in the house.  Then he decided to add all of the pulpy goop to his shake.  That was his breakfast.

I finally had coffee again (and Kombucha and a pear.)

Scarlett and I made gluten-free pancakes.  Just from a mix, but she ate 1 1/2 pancakes.  

Then I saw that my sprouted quinoa actually sprouted!  Isn't it pretty?  (yes, first time).  



That was to go with the oats fermenting on the counter from the night before.  In yogurt.  

Then I made some yummy protein bars-mainly to try a new food item.  

Not my recipe, but its from: Kitchen Stewardship (and its pinned on my Pinterest board)



Quinoa Oat Protein Bars
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Recipe type: Desserts and Snacks
Author: Katie Kimball
Ingredients
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1/2 c. plain whole milk yogurt (or water)
  • 1 c. cooked (sprouted) quinoa*
  • 1/4 c. dried cherries
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • optional add-ins:
  • 1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbs. ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda, for lift
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. The night before, mix one cup rolled oats with the 1/2 cup plain yogurt in your mixing bowl.
  2. Allow to rest on the counter overnight or for 12-24 hours to reduce phytates and improve digestion. (Why soak?)
  3. Make sure your quinoa is also prepped to cook or already cooked per instructions below. I find it’s easier to cook the quinoa one day while preparing lunch or dinner, then have it cold and ready to go into the bar recipe whenever I’m ready to bake.
  4. The recipe has also been tested with 1 cup soaked and dehydrated oats plus one half cup liquid: milk, water, or yogurt.
  5. To mix up the bars, add one cup cooked quinoa to the soaked oats, then simply add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  6. Spread in an 8×8-inch baking pan (or 7×11 works too).
  7. In a preheated 350F oven, bake for 20-30 minutes.
  8. The bars are done when the middle is no longer soggy and the edges become browned and pull away from the pan slightly.
  9. Cool in the pan before slicing into 16 pieces.
  10. Stores best in the refrigerator, although they can handle a few days at room temperature.

  11. Read more at http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/05/22/recipe-connection-quinoa-oat-protein-bars/#84JkdC6Dl5i0vBlL.99 

Read more at http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/05/22/recipe-connection-quinoa-oat-protein-bars/#84JkdC6Dl5i0vBlL.99 

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