Thick and Chewy Granola Bars with Quinoa

Yield: about 45-47 small bars


Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cup (160g) quick rolled oats
  • ¼ c (45g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (32g) oat flour
  • ½ tsp (4g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (2g) cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup (100g) raisins
  • 2/3 cup (100g) dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raw quinoa
  • 2/3 cup (93g) sunflower seeds
  • 2/3 cup (110g) pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup (49g) puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup (49g) unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup (90g) seed butter
  • 6 tbsp (88g) melted butter
  • ¼ cup (68g) honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp (34g) brown rice or malt syrup
  • 1 tbsp water

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking tray or dish with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients together.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  5. Lay mixture on the prepared baking tray in an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set and starting to brown on the edges.
  6. Allow to cool before slicing into even sizes bars or squares.
Nutrition Tip: These granola bars are high in fibre, magnesium, healthy fats, and iron. They have less added sugar and salt than the granola bars in the grocery store, which are often more sugar than protein. Making them yourself is a good way to make sure you know what you are eating. You can add any seed, nut, or dried fruit that you like!
For Little Chefs: Bring bowls with all the different ingredients to the class and go through each ingredient with the kids. Have the kids mix up all the ingredients and pour into prepared baking tray. Take the tray to the kitchen to bake, then return to the class in time for snack!