These are healthy vegan quinoa oat bars! They make the perfect healthy snack to keep handy. They are filling and so delicious.
3/4 cup dried quinoa
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup pecans
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 9x9" square baking dish with parchment paper.
Cook quinoa according to package directions. I did mine with 1 1/2 cups cold water in the rice cooker. Once fully cooked place into large mixing bowl. Place in the fridge and cool fully.
In a food processor add oats and pulse until coarsely ground. Add to bowl with quinoa. Do the same with the pecans in the food processor, again you want coarsely ground. Add to the bowl. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir until every thing is well mixed. Place into prepared parchment lined baking dish. Press down flat into dish. You want to get as smooth as possible. I like to press down with the bottom of a lightly greased measuring cup. Once fully pressed down, bake in preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes until lightly toasted but still soft and moist.
Once baked remove from baking dish and place on wire rack. Cool fully. Once fully cool, using a sharp knife slice into 1" square pieces. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in freezer for 1 month. If freezing ensure to layer between parchment paper so they do not stick together. Enjoy!
Dried fruit: Feel free to substitute with another dried fruit. Raisons, dried blueberries or cherries would also be good.
Nut butter: This would also be delicious with peanut butter I just personally love almond butter.
Almond allergy? Substitute oat milk for almond milk and use peanut butter instead of almond butter.
Use gluten free oats and you can keep this recipe GF!