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I'm not so sure what to call these Almond Butter Quinoa Breakfast Bars, they could easily be a breakfast, dessert or snack. That's what makes this recipe so great, it is as delicious as it is healthy and easy to make. So if you are looking for either option you are in the right place.
This bars are fairly healthy, they are made with ingredients that are easy on the belly, we are not adding any processed sugar and there's no oil in them. For this reason, you can snack on them through out the day and you'll get a nice little boost of energy that will hold you until your next meal.
But don't be deceived, all this doesn't mean we are mission out on flavour, the complete opposite. First of all, we have a nutty creamy flavour from the almond butter and the crushed almonds, to spice it up we are using maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, and to make it perfect, we are covering it with melted chocolate.
It's super easy to make this recipe, and it will only take you 10 minutes to prepare the mixture before it goes in the oven. Before you start mixing your dry and wet ingredients, set your chia mixture so it has enough time to do its thing. Just put 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of water, the mixture will become a bit slimy, that's what we are after.
Once you have the chia mix ready, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, the wet ingredients in another bowl, then add the chia mixture and the wet ingredients to the dry ones, use a sturdy spoon or a spatula to do this. You will end up with a thick and chunky mixture. It might take a bit of work to spread on the baking sheet but try to make it as even as possible.
Lastly, add the melted chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in bowl and then spread it all over, or my preferred method, just add the chocolate chips on top of the baked bar, since it's coming straight out of the oven it will still be warm and it will melt the chips, spread it all over with a brush or a spatula.
If I am serving these bars as a dessert, I usually cut them into bigger pieces but if we are having them as a snack I go with smaller portions; it is entirely up to you, just make sure that before you slice your bar you've allowed enough time for it to completely cool down.
I love making this recipe every once in a while to treat myself and my family, they really enjoy having it as dessert, I usually just serve it as it is but you could pair it with a scoop of vegan ice cream. Personally, I make them so I have something to grab on the go when I'm craving something sweet and chocolaty.
For the wet ingredients
For the dry ingredients
For the topping
For the chia mix
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 188||From Fat 84|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||14.3%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||6.85%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||6.79%|
|Dietry Fiber 4g||14.29%|
|Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-4) 0.03µg||0.04%|
|Vitamin A 1.74IU||0.03%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.05mg||2.4%|
|Vitamin C 0.02mg||0.04%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.11mg||10.35%|
|Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) 0.27µg||0.34%|
|Pantothenic acid 0.25mg||2.5%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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