Monday, February 8, 2016

Blueberry and Quinoa Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

Okay, it's February now ... I can't blame Christmas anymore for falling behind on things that I want to do or get done. One of my big changes last year was deciding to take a stand and stop buying granola bars. That simple little task was able to save me a lot of money with 5 people eating a granola bar everyday. However, as the holidays rolled around that task got pushed on the back burner. I still wasn't buying them, so we just didn't have them. Then, I had to spend more time pulling together other snacks for the fam ... I should've just make a batch!

Blueberry and Quinoa Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

Throughout January, things kept coming up that I would say to myself, 'I'll make granola bars tomorrow.' Well two weeks ago, I finally pulled the trigger. I was making a quinoa meal for dinner and I decided to just make extra quinoa, toss in some other goodies and throw it in the oven! As I began throwing things in, I realized the list was a little long, a lot longer than most of the granola bars that I make. However, they turned out so good that it was all worth it and I love having it all go in one bowl. Even with all the ingredients, it's very fast to put together. The mixture tastes like a warm oatmeal mixture so I make them in the morning and steal a little of the batter for a quick breakfast for myself!

For the last two weeks I have make three different batches of these using different dried fruit and nuts. It's crazy that one little recipe can make you feel like you're getting life back together. That may sound crazy, but I just want to say ... 'Thank you, New Granola Breakfast Bar.'

Blueberry and Quinoa Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

Blueberry and Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

Makes 10-12

1/2 c quinoa
1 c water

3/4 c oats
1/2 c walnuts, chopped (or other nut)
1/2 c dried blueberries (or other dried fruit)
1/3 c coconut milk, or other milk alternative
1/3 c maple syrup
1/2 c applesauce
1/3 c mashed banana
1/4 chia seeds
2 T coconut oil
1 1/2 T cinnamon
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1 t baking soda
1/2 t ginger
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven for 375ยบ.

Bring water and quinoa to boil in a pot. Once it is boiling, lower heat all the way and cover. Once water is soaked up, the quinoa is done. It should be nice and fluffy.

As the quinoa is cooking, put all ingredients in a bowl. Once the quinoa is done, add it to the mixture and stir it until everything is mixed together. Have a few bites of the delicious mixture!

Blueberry and Quinoa Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

Spray a 8x8 pan and pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes for until the bars start to firm. Let them cool for a bit before cutting.

Blueberry and Quinoa Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Bars

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