Banana Split Quinoa Oat Bars Recipe

Banana Split Quinoa Oat Bars Recipe

How To Make Banana Split Quinoa Oat Bars

Heart-healthy power bars made of oats, banana, quinoa, cherries, and nuts! Make these and have something to pick up on busy mornings!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour

Serves:

Ingredients

  • cupquinoa,rinsed well
  • ½cupwater
  • 2cupsquick rolled oats,use gf oats for gluten free
  • 1tspground cinnamon
  • ½tspBaking Soda
  • ½tspfine sea salt
  • cupsbananas,very ripe, mashed
  • 1largeegg,beaten
  • ¼cupraw honey,or pure maple syrup
  • 1tbspvirgin coconut oil
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • ½cupdried cherries,or craisins
  • cupwalnuts,chopped, toasted, or pecans
  • ¼cupmini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 by 13 baking pan with 2 pieces of foil or parchment paper, criss-crossing over so they fold over the pan; spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  3. Combine the quinoa and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid is barely absorbed.

  5. Remove from heat.

  6. Cover and let stand for 5 to 6 minutes, remove lid and fluff with a fork.

  7. Transfer to a medium bowl and let it cool completely.

  8. Mix together the oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

  9. Add mashed bananas, egg, honey, oil and vanilla to the cooked bowl of quinoa and stir until just blended.

  10. Add the banana mixture to the oats mixture and stir until just blended.

  11. Mix in dried cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips.

  12. Spread the batter evenly over the prepared pan.

  13. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  14. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

  15. For best results, refrigerate 20 minutes before cutting.

  16. Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.

  17. Cut into 16 bars and refrigerate or freeze to store.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 128.89kcal
  • Fat: 3.02g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.49g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.71g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.51g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.25g
  • Fiber: 2.12g
  • Sugar: 11.99g
  • Protein: 2.70g
  • Cholesterol: 11.63mg
  • Sodium: 118.65mg
  • Calcium: 14.29mg
  • Potassium: 168.85mg
  • Iron: 0.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 12.74µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.83mg
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