Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

Quinoa Oatmeal Bars | willcookforshoes.ca

Even though I started just before Christmas, 2014 is all about getting healthy back. I’ve always had to be conscientious about what I eat (whether I heeded that advice is another story, but we won’t go there right now) and now’s the time to get serious about it again.

With the help of a nutritionist, I’m feeling like I’m getting back on track. I’ve definitely had my ups and downs over the past five weeks (hello… Christmas!!… my Mom’s famous Christmas ham!!…) but I’m feeling better. The sugar cravings haven’t fully stopped calling my name yet but I’m feeling slightly more willpower over them. Just slightly though so please don’t put that box of Morden’s chocolates in front of me to test!

When I met with my nutritionist this week, one of things we agreed I had to work harder on was pre-planning snack ideas. So along came this idea. It’s healthy grains, good fat from nuts, minimal sweet from honey… and pretty quick to make.

You may have seen some different variations of these. That’s the great thing about them – there are so many options! Whatever you have on hand  and in your pantry can and will work!

Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1 cup of oatmeal (if you have a gluten allergy, make sure you use oatmeal that is certified gluten free
1/2 cup of hemp hearts
3/4 cup of almonds, chopped or slivered is fine
1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
1/2 cup of honey
1 tablespoon of canola oil
Pinch of cinnamon

And any other seeds, nuts, dried fruit, coconut, etc… that you have on hand that you might want to add in.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 12×9 pan lined with foil add in quinoa, oatmeal and almonds. Toast for 8-10 minutes in the oven until *just* starting to turn slightly brown at the edges. Don’t cook too long – these will continue cooking after you remove from the oven because the pan will still be warm!!

Remove from the oven and let cool.

In large bowl, add in peanut butter and honey. Microwave until both are melted enough to combine easily. Add in canola oil and cinnamon. Mix in quinoa/oatmeal mixture and hemp hearts. Still until everything is completely combine.

Pour back into the lined 12×9 pan. Spread out to all four edges. It won’t be very thick but that’s okay.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Let cool and cut into squares.

Enjoy!

Hope your New Year is off to a great start as well! Do you make resolutions? Or use the new calendar year to make a fresh start?

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