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nutty quinoa + chocolate chip granola bars

nutty quinoa and chocolate chip granola bars

nutty quinoa and chocolate chip granola bars

I love these bars. They have enough stuff to be good for you: quinoa, oats, chia seeds, etc. PLUS all of the satisfying crunch and decadence to be a legit sweet treat.  They are truly energy bars; providing a whole-foods derived balance of (good) fat, protein, carbs and fiber.  Topped off, of course, with a necessary dash of chocolate.

Want to make them vegan?  Leave out the egg, increase the coconut oil to 1/3 c and the peanut butter to 5 T.

Just be sure and check your (chia) teeth before you smile.

nutty quinoa + chocolate chip granola bars

2 c thick rolled oats

1 c quinoa flakes

1/2 c pumpkin seeds

1/2 c dry roasted lightly salted peanuts

1/4 c chia seeds

1/2 c bitter or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 t sea salt

1 egg, beaten

1/3 c maple syrup

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c coconut sugar (or regular)

4 T peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350

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Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Add the egg and mix well.  In a medium saucepan, melt together the maple syrup, coconut oil, peanut butter and sugar.

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Pour it over the oats mixture and stir until it all comes together.  Line a 9x12 glass baking pan with parchment and press the mixture evenly into the dish.

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Bake for about 20-25 minutes.  Allow it to cool completely before cutting into bars.