Monday, February 18, 2013

5-Ingredient Mondays: Quinoa Granola Bars (Gluten/Oat-Free)

Gluten-Free. Oat-Free. Granola goodness. Only 5 ingredients.

Go for it.

Want to share a recipe here today? 

Last week, the reader favorite recipe was also my favorite: Easy, Elegant Party Puffs from Shirley at Gluten-Free Easily.

What will your favorite recipe be this week? 

Here are the rules for 5-Ingredient Mondays:

  1. The dish must contain 5 ingredients or less. But to make it easier, pantry staples are not counted as ingredients. Neither are optional ingredients.
    1. Examples: salt, pepper, olive oil, baking soda, baking powder...basically if you think you would find the ingredient in any kitchen, you don't have to count it as one of your 5 ingredients. On the other hand, if it's a staple in your kitchen but not the average American's (i.e. coconut oil), count it. If you're unsure, go ahead and add the link. I'm not a stickler for rules!
  2. The dish must be gluten-free. Your recipe can be paleo, vegan, or anything in between. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Side dish or main dish. The purpose here is to create a place where you can come to find recipes that you know will be gluten-free and super simple. 
  3. You must leave a link to your own recipe that goes to that week's 5-Ingredient Monday post, not on this static page. 
Your recipes don't need to be from this week, so feel free to check your recipe list for your favorite recipes to share. I will sometimes share photos of the recipes with links back to your blog, so by sharing your recipe, you are giving me permission to use your photo and link back to your recipe. 

The linky will be live through noon on Thursday.

Quinoa Granola Bars Print-Me


1 cup quinoa flakes
1 1/2 cups puffed rice (millet or any other puffed grain cereal you like)
(Optional) 1 1/2 cups additional mix-ins*
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup honey

*Mix-Ins: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped nuts, raisins or chopped dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, etc.

  1. Prepare a 9 x 9 inch pan by lining with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Toast the quinoa flakes in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes, stirring often. If you're adding in raw seeds or nuts, you can also toast them with the quinoa. Put the quinoa flakes in a large bowl. Stir in the puffed rice. Stir in any additional mix-ins you want, like raisins or coconut flakes. 
  3. Mix together the coconut oil, coconut palm sugar and honey in a small bowl. Heat a small pot on medium and add the oil, sugar, and honey. Stir constantly until the coconut oil has completely melted. When the mix just begins to bubble slightly, remove from heat immediately and pour into the bowl of quinoa flakes. (If you let the honey mix bubble for too long, the resulting granola bars will be hard like candy - not good for your teeth!)
  4. Stir the whole mixture together, then allow to sit about 5 minutes. Turn into the parchment lined pan and press firmly. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Once cool, slice with a sharp knife into 16 bars (more or less, as you like). I use the knife to remove them from the parchment paper as well, slipping it in between the paper and granola bars (like opening an envelope with a letter opener). Wrap individually in plastic wrap for lunch boxes or set out on a plate and watch them quickly disappear.
Note: Make sure to buy a puffed cereal brand that is certified gluten-free if you are making these for someone who is gluten intolerant or has Celiac Disease. 
Makes 16 granola bars. Store in refrigerator.


gfe--gluten free easily said...

Iris, those bars look amazing! So yummy and pretty and, of course, full of nutrition, too. I'd remind readers to make sure their cereal is a safe gluten-free version.

I've linked up my Chocolate Bombs. A chewy, not too sweet, and delicious version of the Chebe-style rolls. ;-)

Thanks so much to you and all for the highight of my Elegant and Easy Party Puffs! They definitely made my guests happy this past weekend. :-)

Shirley said...

Those look awesome!

Barbara said...

I just wanted to rave about "5 Ingredient Mondays". I absolutely love them and I love all the extra recipes that others are posting on your blog, too. Excellent! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Reminder to self, add chocolate chips AFTER concoction has cooled a little lol.


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