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You want to know what happens when you take pictures of food in front of people?

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Well, actually a few things happen. See first, first you get a weird look. The look that says like “why on earth is she taking pictures of the food? And why is she strategically placing it on the floor?”. Then you get the questions: “Um are you doing a project or something?”. Then comes  the “oh, that’s cool.”  And then? Then they want to eat your food. Like consume it, inhale it. I swear, I do not know why it is, but I swear the food I make for the blog gets eaten.

Fast.

I try and take picture as fast as possible (which is not fast at all. READ: World’s slowest food (wanna be) stylist/photographer) because if I don’t the food will be gone. Literally I am shooing people, hands out of my pictures!

I am pretty sure three fourths of these bars were eaten well I was still taking pictures of the other fourth. I guess this is good. I mean it is safe to say these bar’s are good.

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So since it is Sunday and we all want to be lazy today I made you a snack. A lazy healthy, yummy snack.

Or breakfast. You can decide. For the base of the bars I used granola (I think I have like 5 pounds leftover from the holiday’s) and quinoa. I think I am kind of in love with quinoa since I made that mediterranean salad the other day. I mean, the salad is goood! And it is a salad. And it is healthy.

So yeah, I have grown pretty fond of quinoa over the last couple of days. It is hearty, it is full of protein and vitamins, it is quick and easy to cook and it is delicious. How could I not be drooling over my new ingredient.

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There is one important thing you have to know about these bars. You have to let the bars chill out in the fridge. You have to! Other wise they will crumble. Although they are pretty good crumbled……

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No-Bake Quinoa Crumble Bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Refridgerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories Per Serving: 307 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups granola I used original
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa cooled
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or peanut butter I have used both
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or dried pomegranate seeds or a mix

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, granola, almonds, flaxseed and salt, stirring to mix well. Fold in chocolate chips and or pomegranate seeds.
  • Stir in honey, coconut butter and vanilla extract, mixing well with a spoon until combined. Place mixture in the microwave for 45 seconds. Allow to cool slightly and pour over dry ingredients mix until entire mixture is moistened. If it still seems too dry, add additional honey 1 tablespoon at a time, but you don't want it to be too wet.
  • Line a 9x9 baking dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Firmly press the mixture into the pan, into all the corners and evenly top it off with a spoon. You want it packed as tightly as possible. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then remove and lift granola bars out of pan, cutting into 12 squares. These work best refrigerated.

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Especially crumbling them atop milk and when eaten with a spoon. Oh! Or maybe coconut milk. Yum!

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    1. Hey Shawn! The quinoa should be cooked. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  1. Hi there,

    If I wanted to substitute the quinoa for more oats, what would you suggest I increase the amount to?

    Thank you!

      1. Hi there — thanks for the reply! I just noticed it calls for “granola” — can I just use regular quick oats instead? Or is that what you are referring to? Thanks again!

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  3. Is there a substitute I can use for the honey? I am vegan, so honey isn’t really an option. Would agave nectar work? Thanks! This treat looks amazing!

    1. Yes, I think agave nectar would work. They might be a little more crumbly though, but still delicious!

  4. I’ve been looking for more Quinoa recipes. Thanks for sharing. I pinned this one as well.

  5. I have coconut oil, peanut butter, and almond butter. No coconut butter. 🙁 Are there any alternatives?

      1. Oooooh ok. But in the actually cooking instructions it does say add “coconut butter”. Guess that’s where I got confused.

  6. Pinned! I love this idea so much. Going to have to try them out on my kids:)

    Found you at Iron Chef Mom

  7. My husband brought home a box of quinoa –I had no clue what to do! Saved this to my ZlpList recipe box! thanks!

  8. These sound good – I love quinoa in salads but haven’t thought about using them like this. What is the texture like? Thanks for the recipe?

  9. I can’t tell you how much I love this one! I’m addicted to every single ingredient you use here! Just pinned this

  10. Saw this over on Church Supper share, looks delicious. I am always looking for new quinoa recipes.

  11. Saw this over on Church Sunday share, looks delicious. I am always looking for new quinoa recipes.

  12. What great way to use quinoa, I am still quite new in using it, I will definitely try these for my daughters:)

  13. Yum! I love granola bars, homemade of course. 🙂 I just pinned these! Loving your blog! I’d love it if you could come take a quick peak at mine!

    1. I had a huge bag from cosco, which is exactly why I have been using so much of it! Ha! Just a not make sure you firmly press them into the pan and let the chill in the fridge for a few hours before cutting. Enjoy!