Apricot Macadamia Quinoa Bars 2


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Do you ever find yourself eating the same foods over and over again? I do—all.the.time. Funny, since I blog about food and all. ;) Lately though, I’ve been trying to switch things up a bit, since my regulars were starting to wear out their welcome. As of late, I chow down on my homemade Muesli for breakfast. Love it with fresh blueberries and banana! And for a snack, these new Apricot Macadamia Quinoa Bars are where it’s at. Yesss!

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These bars are dense, delicious, and filling. Definitely the perfect go-to snack! I love how easy they are to make—the process is quick, plus they’re no-bake. Oh, and they’re healthy too. Just dried fruit, grains, nuts, and seeds. None of the dried fruits in this recipe have added sugar, but I did add some sweetened coconut because it’s all I had in the pantry. But, feel free to use unsweetened coconut, if you’d like. You know, to help keeps things au naturel.

I was pretty thrilled to add quinoa to these bars—not only is it a good-for-you grain, it’s also a great source of protein and fiber, which is always a plus when it comes to healthy snacking. The quinoa also happens to pair wonderfully with the tangy dried apricots and the tropical-tasting macadamia nuts. The coconut also really complements the whole tropical aspect. Good thing too, because that’s what I was going for!

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You’re going to love these Apricot Macadamia Quinoa Bars! Annnnnd, you should also make my No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts…because they’re just as fabulous. That way you’ll have a huge stockpile of yummy + healthy snacks in the freezer. Variety is key, after all! :)

Apricot Macadamia Quinoa Bars
 
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Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ¼ cup prunes
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts
  • ⅓ cup roasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 11 x 7 baking dish with wax or parchment paper (leave an edge, so you can lift the bars out) and lightly spray with the paper with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a food processor, add the apricots, dates, and prunes. Process until well chopped.
  3. Add the oats, cooked quinoa, and ground flax. Process until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a bit.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process until a ball begins to forms. The mixture will be very sticky.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and use your fingers to evenly distribute it across the dish. It’ll be about 1-inch thick. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer. Lift the block out of the dish and cut it into evenly-sized bars.
  7. Leftovers can be stored in the freezer with a sheet of wax paper in between each bar.
Notes
Source: Love.Bake.Read

 

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2 thoughts on “Apricot Macadamia Quinoa Bars

  • Sarah S.

    This sounds amazing! I am going to have to try this recipe soon. We love your recipe for the No Bake Energy bars so I’m sure these will be just as delicious!

    • Francesca Post author

      Thank you, Sarah. I think you’ll love them just as much as the other ones. We can’t pick a favorite!

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