These Gluten Free Quinoa and Tahini Bars are a healthy mixture of tahini, quinoa puffs, nuts and chia seeds that creates delicious 'energy' bars!
My eldest son just raves about these Quinoa and Tahini Bars! He can't get enough! I am happy that he does because I know they are full of healthy supergrains, full of protein and gives him a great healthy boost of energy....and no cooking involved! 😉
He loves the stronger flavour of tahini and the crunch of Quinoa Puffs and chia seeds and yes...they are gluten free too!
Orgran has come out with a new product called Quinoa Puffs and we have be eating them for breakfast (and my teenage sons have them for afternoon snack as well - they call this 'linner' ...the meal between lunch and dinner ... I am sure you understand how kids are starving after school). I am really fine with them tucking into this as a snack because I know it is healthy.
I normally make these bars with almond butter or peanut paste and being a 'good mother', I changed it up to make them even healthier!
Health Benefits of Tahini
Tahini is toasted ground hulled sesame seeds and it is an oily paste similar to peanut paste or almond butter. It has a stronger flavour than peanut paste but has many health benefits. To find out more about tahini simply click across Natural Therapy Pages that explains all about the health benefits of tahini.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa are supergrain that are high in protein and these quinoa puffs are low in fat and low in sugar. They are gluten free, made with whole grains, including 8.7% Quinoa and protein rich legumes. The best part for us is that they are great for breakfast and are perfect to add a little healthy crunch and pop to slices and these Quinoa and Tahini Bars!
Recipe for Quinoa and Tahini Bars
- 1 cup Tahini (or peanut butter)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons of Cacao
- 2 cups of puffed cereal - I use Orgran Quinoa Puffs,
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup of coconut
- ½ cup crushed peanuts (or almonds)
- ¼ cup of cranberries
- Simply add all the ingredients into a blender and mix!....
- Press the mixture into a lined baking tin (with greaseproof paper) and flatten with the back of a spoon.
- While it is soft, slice into bars.
- Place into the fridge for a few hours for the bars to set.
- (Note: If you don't like the stronger flavour of tahini, peanut paste or almond butter works really well too.)
Healthy, delicious and so easy to make! ...but don't let my son know....he thinks I am work really hard to create these delicious bars ...our little secret! 😉
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