Of course I did not have all the ingredients available in my pantry and did not feel like braving the Polar Vortex to find them at the market, so I improvised to accommodate the ingredients in my pantry.
I used quinoa, oatmeal, honey, chia seed, coconut oil. Yes, the chia seed and coconut oil were also some fad foods I have purchased. I obviously was cleaning out the pantry.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Toast the quinoa, chia seeds and oats in a pan over medium heat until it has a nice fragrance. Cool and combine with nuts, dried cranberries and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
In a small sauce pan, combine honey, peanut butter and coconut oil and heat until melted. Pour over dry ingredients and fold until coated.
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and pour mixture into the pan and press down evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are toasted.
After removing from the oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and let sit until chips are melted.
Spread melted chocolate chips with a spatula to cover the entire pan. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Cool in pan until chocolate is set and cut into 24-30 bars. These can be frozen in snack bags and thaw in lunches. These granola bars received rave review from my husband and daughters. I was shocked to say the least.
Quinoa Granola Bars
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup chopped peanuts (any nut of your choice)
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup of coconut flakes (I used sweetened because it was what I had)
1 cup of dried cranberries or cherries (I used cranberries)
2 cups of oats (I used old fashioned)
1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup of chia seeds
1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Toast quinoa, oats and chia seeds in a pan over medium heat until fragrant. Cool and combine with nuts, coconut and dried fruit. Combine honey, peanut butter and coconut oil and heat until melted. Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and fold to combine until coated. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and pour mixture into pan evenly and flatten. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toasted at edges. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips and allow chocolate to melt. Spread chocolate with an offset spatula to cover entire pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and allow to cool until chocolate sets. Cut into 24-30 bars.