Crunchy Choc Quinoa Bars
I have been on a bit of a mission these last few months – I’m trying to reduce the amount of crap food our family eats.
This has not exactly been easy!
Even though I do make most things from scratch, the ingredients are not always the healthiest options around so I have been playing about with different things in the hope I can get the same outcome from better quality products. I love using raw cacao powder but found the lack of sweetness was really noticeable (sweet tooth that I am!) and just didn’t cut it when it came to the whole chocolate replacement thing. Last week I was experimenting again and found the addition of a simple little delectable thing called maple syrup makes all the difference. Healthy Chocolate? Well I think so!
This mixture is really simple and can be cut into bars, squares or even popped into paper cases as a take on chocolate crackles. My kids are addicted – and they are lunchbox favourites now!
- ½ cup quinoa
- ¼ cup oats
- 140g coconut oil - melted
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Add your quinoa to a small saucepan over a low heat. You want to "pop" it just like popping corn. Be really careful as it will burn easily so don't walk away at this point!. Once you hear the small popping sound, keep the pan moving so the quinoa does not catch or burn. Ensure the lot is well popped and set aside to cool;
- In a large bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, salt and cacao powder;
- Once the mixture is nice and smooth, add your quinoa and oats and mix well;
- Spread out in a lined brownie tray and refrigerate until set;
- Slice and Serve