This version is good for a lot of people who eat Paleo. Oats have been replaced with Quinoa. However, this recipe is not Vegan…there is an egg in the mix to help the Quinoa bind together. Like the oat version, this has no added sugar save for the sweetness of the applesauce, bananas, and the dried fruit.
Quinoa, however, is an ingredient that is actually controversial with people who eat Paleo. A friend of mine who does eat Paleo no longer eats Quinoa. “Yeah, it’s a seed, not a grain, however, it has been found to behave like grain in your body.”
So yeah, back to the drawing board on this. If you want to try this, go right ahead. However, I really do prefer the Oat version of the bars to the Quinoa version, and I am not interested in personally going Paleo. It engenders too much of a “dieting” mindset, and because of my family history of eating disorders I can’t allow myself to fall into that mindset.
Coconut Oil Spray
3 cups cooked Quinoa
1/2 cup nut mix (any nuts you like, just 1/2 cup of them)
1/2 cup fruit mix (any fruits you like, just 1/2 cup of them)
1/4 cup seed mix (by seeds I mean seeds like poppy, sesame, flax or hemp, just 1/4 cup total)
(optional) 1/4 cup each roasted unsweetened cocoa nibs and unsweetened coconut.
(Just the unsweetened coconut is fine too…unsweetened cocoa nibs are hard to find.)
3 ripe bananas
1/3 + 1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F.
Dry mixture: add oats, oat bran, nut mix, fruit mix, seed mix, cocoa nibs, and coconut to a large bowl.
Wet mixture: in a food processor or a blender, liquify the three bananas and the applesauce together. Add the extracts, the egg and the cinnamon. Whisk until combined.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well-combined.
This time I made them in two 12 x 8 x 1.33 baking pans, and it yielded 24 bars. This yields a more crumbly bar. It also needs more time to set up…45 minutes to cook.