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Quinoa Granola Bars


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
  • 1/2 cup soaked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2-1 bananas
  • granola cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed
  • 1/4 cup slivered almond
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions

  • Soak dry quinoa in 1/2 cup of water for two hours.
  • To make the granola, mix all dry granola ingredients, including the soaked quinoa, in a bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 250 F.
  • Heat oil and Sue Bee® honey in a small saucepan until thin; stir into dry ingredients until mixed.
  • Pour the granola mixture into a jelly roll pan and toast for 1 hour at 250 F, stirring occasionally.
  • Store in a plastic bag until ready to use.
  • Cook mixed dried fruit with 2 cups water at a simmer half the water has evaporated (about 45 minutes).
  • Add 3/4 cup dry quinoa and enough water to cover plus a quarter inch and cook over medium heat 20 minutes, adding more water as needed.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Set aside 1 cup cooked quinoa; pour the rest of the quinoa with cooking liquid and fruit pieces into a blender.
  • Blend until large fruit pieces are chopped up.
  • Add 1/2 cup raisins, the salt, lemon juice, vanilla and banana.
  • Blend.
  • Mixture will be thick; stop the blender and push with spoon if you have to, adding water if needed.
  • Spoon blender mixture into a bowl, stirring in granola, 1/2 cup dried fruit, and 1/2 cup raisins.
  • Press into a greased and floured glass baking dish and bake at 400 F for 15 minutes.
  • Cool.
  • Cut into desired number of bars.
Aunt Sue's Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
Aunt Sue's® Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.

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