Saturday, June 26, 2010

RED QUINOA BARS


Got this recipe from my daughter. I must admit i was not really enthused when she told me that she's bringing home some quinoa bars. Now don't get me wrong, i love quinoa, i've always cooked them savory, soup or a side dish but never as a sweet treat!

Oh they are good not to mention healthy=;) For more quinoa "fyi" and nutritional value check it HERE .

I made some tweaking to the original recipe. My changes will be in bold letters.

Ingredients:

2 C water
1 C quinoa-well rinsed (I USED THE RED QUINOA)
1/2 - 3/4 C dark brown sugar
1 C rice flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 t fresh grated nutmeg
1 t anise seeds ground
1/2 C raisins (I ADDED 1/2 C OF GOLDEN RAISINS )
1/2 C chopped dried dates and apricots ( I USED 1 C DRIED MANGOES)
1/2 C walnuts- toasted and skinned (I USED MIXED NUTS-WALNUTS, HAZEL NUTS, ALMONDS)
3 1/2 oz. apple sauce
1/2 C fresh orange juice
2 t vanilla extract
3 3/4 t egg replacer mixed with 6 T water (I USED 1 EGG)

1. Bring the water to a boil and add the quinoa cover and cook over low heat till water is absorbed. About 15 minutes, remove, cool and fluff.

2. Mix the sugar, flour, powder, soda, spices, nuts and fruits.

3. Add the cooked quinoa. Mix the applsesauce, egg (beaten), orange juice and vanilla then add to the dry. Mix well.

4. Place mixture in a sprayed 2" deep 1/2 hotel pan or if you want them thinner you can bake them on a sheet pan.

5. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven till a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan then cut into squares.

6. Serve with some homemade ice cream if you want.

7. You can increase some of the fruits and nuts if you want a denser bar, but be careful not to make it too sweet.



UNCOOKED RED QUINIOA


COOKED RED QUINOA


BARS FRESH OFF THE OVEN


I HONESTLY PREFER THE DRIED MANGOES AS OPPOSED TO THE DRIED DATES AND APRICOTS.





12 comments:

  1. those quinoa bars look delicious, I am always looking for new things to do with quinoa!...thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Hi, Chef Dennis. I hope you'll try this, they are good another great recipe to use quinoa. You're welcome and thanks for dropping by and for your kind comment.

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  3. ewww! healthy stuff! *runs away* *but gets one first*

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  4. Hello, Ziggy! Oh noooo!!! come back!!! LOL! Kidding aside it's good! no...it's really really good! I'm surprised=;) Who knew, health bars are good after all.

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  5. QUINOA gold of the Inca's! I haven't seen it in the supermarkets Pia, but I'm sure they'll have it at the health food shop, I'm off to town today, so I'll be on the lookout, I've heard it's good for migraines too. Good idea to have it in little handy lunch bars!

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  6. I am totally convinced that your version of dried mango bar tastes better than the dates and apricot one.

    Simply pleasing both for eyes and taste buds :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  7. Hi, Lesley. It is very possible you'll find it at health food shop. Quinoa is a popular ingredient for those gluten free recipes. It used to be here too, but you can now find them at regular grocery stores. It's the "supply and demand" aspect that's why it's easy to find latetly. They are so good hope you'll be able to find quinoa and make these.

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  8. Hello, Kris! I just love dried mangoes. It used to be an imported product but now a lot are made in the USA=;)

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  9. quinoa? is any one know where can i buy here in metro manila, thanks

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  10. Hi, try searching them online might be available at health stores in Manila.

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  11. Unsa ng quinoa sa bisaya or tagalog?

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    1. Hi,i don't think there is another word for quinoa. But sigurado ko na available na sila sa health/natural stores so try and ask them. Pls. let me know kung na-a bisaya or tagalog for quinoa. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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