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    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars

    As many recipes I have made for granola bars are never enough. It’s either my love for cereals and nuts, or my weakness in such snacks, and I’ve always some granola bars in a container. Aside from very tasty and nutritious “bombs”, they are probably the most practical take-away snack. A big hurray for granola bars that is! 🙂

    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars – Μπάρες Δημητριακών με Κινόα και Τζίντζερ

    One thing I notice when I look over for such recipes online is that many of them have a huge list of ingredients. I confess, I have done sometimes, but honestly I am really impressed by how many ingredients can fit in a granola bars recipe….  Of course all these materials can be really good, but no doubt you can make excellent bars with less than 18 ingredients!

    This is how I came with this recipe. Cereal bars with quinoa and candied ginger (you know this spicy candied yummy delicacy!!), plums, sunflower seeds, oats and flaxseed, tahini, honey and cinnamon.

    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars – Μπάρες Δημητριακών με Κινόα και Τζίντζερ

    The bars are very rich in proteins, fatty omega-3, calcium, manganese and copper from quinoa, valuable fatty acids, minerals and lignans from flaxseed, plant sterols, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and B, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and selenium from sunflower seeds and tahini, antioxidants and flavonoids from cinnamon and honey and dietary fibers. Are these enough?  😉

    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars – Μπάρες Δημητριακών με Κινόα και Τζίντζερ

    It is very simple and fast recipe. All you need is a bowl and a saucepan and 10-15 minutes to prepare them. In the list of ingredients I’m writing 1 cup of dried fruits. As I said I put 50% ginger and 50% plums. Of course you can make your own combination of fruits, while respecting the dosages.

    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars – Μπάρες Δημητριακών με Κινόα και Τζίντζερ

    Total time:   30 minutes

    Servings:   16

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup (7.9 oz.) tahini (preferably wholegrain)
    • 1 cup (12 oz.) honey
    • 1 cup (4.9 oz.) sunflower seeds
    • 1 cup (5 oz.) dried fruits, chopped (1/2 cup candied ginger & ½ cup prunes)
    • 1 ½ cup (5 oz.) rolled oats
    • ½ cup (1.8 oz.) crushed flaxseed
    • ½ cup (3.3 oz.) raw quinoa
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • a few drops of vanilla extract

    Instructions:

    1. In a saucepan, add the honey and tahini and heat over medium-low heat, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
    2. Preheat the oven to 170 ° C.
    3. In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients.
    4. Pour the lukewarm mixture of honey-tahini in the bowl of solid ingredients and stir thoroughly.
    5. Moisten a piece of greaseproof paper with water, drain well and lay it on a 9X9in baking pan. (In this way, the paper softens and fits better in the pan.) Spread the mixture into the pan and press it well. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
    6. Leave to cool completely, and then cut into pieces.

    Note: You can also use and oblong cake pan. The thickness of the pieces depends on the size of the pan.

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    Quinoa & Ginger Granola Bars

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