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Quinoa Snack Cake

March 24, 2016
I eat a lot of quinoa so when a cycling news letter came through with this recipe I added it to my list.  It was good, but not something you could easily eat on a bike.  It was too crumbly so it’d have to be a stop and eat kind of snack.  I’d describe it more as a cake than a bar.
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20-22 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 9-16 servings
Taste: Medium-Good

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INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 extra-large or large egg
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup local raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 cup cooked quinoa – fresh or leftover quinoa
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup roasted almonds, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbs chia seeds or ground flaxseed
1/2 cup tart dried cherries or raisins, finely chopped OR ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips

PROCEDURE:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan
  2. If you have roasted almonds and leftover quinoa, then you can bypass the next two steps.
  3. Cooking quinoa: Bring 1 cup well rinsed quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Once the quinoa has come to a boil, stir, cover it, and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook the quinoa until all the water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Note: Please check your package of quinoa for cooking instructions, as they all vary.
    Let the quinoa cool a bit. Note: You will have leftover quinoa.
  4. Toast raw almonds.  Measure out ½ cup raw whole almonds and add them to a dry skillet, set over medium heat, and swirl them around in the pan for a few minutes until they become golden brown in color. Remove from the pan and roughly chop the almonds into small pieces.
  5. Whisk applesauce, vanilla, peanut butter and honey to combine in a medium bowl.
  6. Add to the peanut butter mixture, quinoa flour, cooked quinoa, oats, chopped nuts, cinnamon, baking soda, chia seeds and dried fruit or chocolate chips, and using a spatula combine until mixed together.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the greased 8×8 pan using a spatula to smooth out the top.
  8. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Let the bars cool a bit, and cut into small squares. You can either cut up the bars and individually wrap them or cover the bars and cut up as needed.
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