Quinoa Almond Snack Bars

1/4 c. quinoa
1/2 c. coconut milk or 2% milk
1/2 c. sunflower seeds, ground finely in food processor
1/2 c. almonds, ground finely in food processor
1/4 c. dried bing cherries or other fruit of choice, chopped into small pieces
1/4 c. honey or maple syrup
1/4 c. shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
1 egg
1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder (optional)

Rinse quinoa. Combine quinoa and milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce
heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 350F. Combine cooked quinoa and all remaining ingredients in a bowl.
 
Press into a greased 8”x8” baking pan.
 
Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into 16 bars.
 
These bars are a bit delicate but very tasty!
 
Quinoa (keen-wah) is native to South America and was revered by the ancient Incas. Although the entire plant is edible, we mainly know it for its seeds. It is usually found with grains in the supermarket; however, it’s not a true grain since it is not a member of the grass family. Instead, it is related to beets, spinach and (strangely enough) tumbleweeds. It is very high in protein compared to grains and the proteins are complete proteins, containing all the amino acids the human body requires. Quinoa is also high in fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium. It’s gluten-free, very digestible, and very delicious. You can substitute it for most grains in your recipe. It makes a great side dish or a great snack bar.

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