We all love granola bars, because they are a quick fix when you are on the run, you are starving and it will be a few hours till the next meal. They give you energy because they’re loaded on sugar. All the bad sugars! So how about if you made them at home and you knew exactly what was in them? These here are absolutely vegan and they are so good for you. Even if you are not vegan, there is no need to shy away from them.
They are adapted from the blog Vanilla & Spice and they are called there Sugar Free Quinoa Granola Bars. I was a bit confused why are they sugar free since they have molasses in her recipe, and molasses has sugar the last time I checked… So, I am calling them fat free because they have no fat, no butter, no oil, but apple sauce! I am discovering apple sauce as a substitute to butter and it’ll be interesting to see how it will behave when baked in a cake.
They turn out to be quite gooey, just like a granola bar and the quinoa is a nice addition. It has half a banana in the mix, imagine what it would’ve been if it were a mango… mmm…. So you can experiment and add whatever you want. Cooked wheatberries instead of quinoa might be lovely as well. Or a mix!
¾ cup flour
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1/3 cup applesauce (80 ml)
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1 pack vanilla sugar
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup rolled oats/mix of 5 cereals
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
10 chopped almonds
zest of ½ orange
1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and butter a baking dish
2. Mix in all your dry ingredients in a bowl and sift the flour.
3. Whirr in a food processor or mash with a fork the banana, apple sauce, maple syrup and vanilla sugar.
4. To the wet ingredients add the dry ones until well incorporated.
5. Fold in the cooked quinoa, dried fruit, nuts and orange zest.
6. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and bake for up to 20 minutes. (she says between 10-14 minutes and she cooks hers 12 minutes. Mine were not nearly done at 14 minutes)
7. Remove from oven, let cool and cut in bars.