Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Table Talk Tuesday - Attempting Flourless Quinoa Breakfast Bars from Simply Quinoa

Hello, hello!!

Welcome back to A Mascara Moment!

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a blog called Simply Quinoa from a Facebook repost.  It is a wonderful blog with healthy and delicious recipes, heavily featuring quinoa.

We are a quinoa household.  We always have some in the fridge for a quick meal.  My two year old loves it.  He just eats it straight with a spoon.

I decided to try out one of the recipes, but alter it to fit what we like and what I had available in the house. 

We tried...


Flourless Banana Quinoa Breakfast Bars

To check out the original recipe, click the title!

I wanted to try these because 1.) they sounded hearty and delicious and 2.) I wanted to give my son something a little different for breakfast.  Keeping food interesting and new for toddlers is tough!

To see how I altered the recipe, keep reading....


Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup yellow sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • large eggs 
  • 1 cup mashed bananas  
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 350F
  • Line an 8*8 pan with parchment paper
  • Stir together together the oats, quinoa, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and spice.
  • Mix the banana, vanilla and nut butter together. Stir in eggs, mixing until incorporated.





  • Add your wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined

  • Spread evenly in the prepared pan

  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until the center is firm and a toothpick comes out clean

  • Let cool and store for 2-3 days

Things To Note

  • This recipe was delicious and very hearty.  You can definitely taste the quinoa.
  • I baked this for 40 minutes (double the recommended time).
  • After the third day, these were not very good.  They became dense and almost too quinoay(?)
  • My two year old did not like these.  I think there was too much going on.  Next time I make them, I am going to skip the quinoa and add extra oats.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed these and will make them again.  They were a hit with everyone except my son.  They are like really, really hearty banana bread.  Check out Simply Quinoa.  There are hundreds of delicious looking recipes!

Take care and I will talk to you tomorrow!
Jen. 

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