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British Quinoa Power Bars

Lindsey Dickson's (The Eating Tree) delicious Quinoa bars are packed full of protein and energy - a great sustaining treat or the perfect snack to take out cycling.

These delicious bars, packed full of energy, are great for me in the morning when I am running around doing umpteen things at once and a sit-down breakfast is just not going to happen. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, animals do not feed and water themselves, PE kits will not gather themselves together at the wave of a hand and cars will not magic the children to school without a driver. Mary Poppins I am not.

I keep these very easy to make bars in the fridge and grab one on the go. The combination of quinoa, oats, seeds and dried fruit keep me energised for a few hours until after the morning’s chores are out of the way.

Even though I do try to eat healthily, if I am eating a healthy treat I like it to taste good as well. If it tastes too ‘worthy’ I always think I might as well forego the calories and eat a stick of celery which is nice but not much of an indulgence. These are wonderfully buttery but not too sweet unlike a lot of commercially made granola bars.

Makes 12 Bars

Ingredients

  • 150g Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 200g Cooked Hodmedod’s Quinoa
  • 50g Mixed Seeds
  • 100g Porridge Oats
  • 100g Soft Dried Prunes, roughly chopped
  • 50g Soft Dried Apricots, roughly chopped
  • 50g Desiccated Coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons Flaked Almonds

Method

  1. Preheat the Oven to 170c (fan) 325f
  2. In a large saucepan gently heat the butter and the syrup until melted.
  3. Add all the other ingredients except the almonds and mix together until thoroughly combined.
  4. Put the mixture into a square 8” x 8” shallow cake tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  8. Cut into 12 bars before removing.



Lindsey Dickson
Lindsey Dickson

Author

Lindsey is a traditional cook who cares about the food she eats and shares with her family and friends in Suffolk. A great supporter of home cooking using fresh ingredients and local produce, she shares her recipes and stories about her life with food on her blog The Eating Tree.



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