Chia, Quinoa & Banana Granola Bars

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I’m not a huge fan of granola bars, but if you’re going to eat them – why not make your own!  Then you know exactly what’s in them.  These granola bars are packed with banana, dried fruit, quinoa, oats and chia seeds. They’re a great on-the-go breakfast or fuel up snack!  

My girlfriend was going out of town so I made these for her as a snack on the plane and they were fantastic! Needless to say she only got to take about half the recipe because I ate the other half before she left LOL.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup rolled oats (can use gluten free)
1/2 cup uncooked pre-rinsed quinoa
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries work well)
1/4 cup natural creamy almond butter
2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper to prevent bars from sticking.
In a large bowl, combine oats, uncooked quinoa, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir in mashed banana and vanilla. Fold in almonds, pecans (or walnuts) and dried fruit.
Place a small saucepan over low heat; add in almond butter and honey (or maple syrup) and stir until warm and almond butter is melted. Fold into granola bar mixture until well combined. Pour into prepared pan and press down firmly with hands or with a measuring cup to help bars stay intact. Bake for 25 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 10 bars.

NOTES:
Feel free to mix and match dried fruits and/or nuts as you see fit.

These bars can be stored at room temperature for a few days, but are best kept tightly wrapped in the fridge or freezer.

From ambitiouskitchen.com

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