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Super Peanut Protein with Quinoa Bars

These granola bars are packed with protein! They are quick and easy to make for an afternoon snack.

August 11th, 2014

Recipes and Food Styling by Signe Langford

Protein is a great for kids and adults alike. But it isn't always easy getting your kids to eat it. Picky eaters will love this granola bar, as will the vegetarians and vegans in your life. This feel good granola bar will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt free!
Servings
Makes about 12 typical-sized bars
Prep Time
15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats, toasted
  • 1 cup puffed quinoa cereal
  • 1/4 cup raw, chopped, skin-on almonds (or blanched peanuts)
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp pure ‘just peanuts’ peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1/4 cup runny honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Lightly coat an 8” x 12” or 9” x 11” casserole dish, cake pan, food storage container with cooking spray or butter and set aside.

  2. In a large, dry, skillet over medium heat, toast the quick oats until lightly golden; stirring or tossing constantly so as not to burn. Once toasted, tip into a large bowl.

  3. Add the quinoa and almonds, stir to blend and set aside.

  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, peanut butter, honey, and brown sugar, stirring often, until the butters have melted and the ingredients are well blended – about 2 minutes – continue to heat and stir until the butter mixture is bubbling slightly; about another 2 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir to blend well.

  6. Pour the warm butter mixture into the dry oat mixture and stir until evenly mixed and coated. Press the mixture into the greased dish evenly and very firmly. Loosely packed bars tend to crumble when cooled.

  7. Set bars aside for about 2 hours at room temperature. Once cool, run a knife around the edges, flip out onto a cutting board and slice into bars; the shape and size is up to you. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Super Peanut Protein with Quinoa Bars
Photography by Carlo Mendoza

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