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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Baking Banana & Quinoa Protein Rich Energy Bars (Flapjacks) With The Crazy Toddler - Our First Vlog!


Having eaten quinoa energy bars when I was in Peru last year, I was keen to try and make some myself. My son loves baking and making a mess in the kitchen, and flapjacks are so easy to make, so I thought why the hell not try it with quinoa instead of taking the easy option with oats.

Baking with a toddler is a fantastic activity for them, it's educational and full of sensory play, and they get a tangible reward at the end. We were both excited about trying this quinoa energy bar experiment out and I hope you enjoy the video blog.


Here are some quinoa facts:
  • Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.
  • It contains almost twice as much fibre as most other grains. 
  • It contains useful minerals, iron, lysine, magnesium, manganese and Riboflavin (B2)
  • It contains all nine essential amino acids
  • It was a staple diet of the Incas.
  • Incas are absolutely badass 

I digress: here's a statue of an Inca warrior I found on my travels, in a little town called Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Inca statue in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu in Peru
"I eat quinoa for breakfast... and you as well"


Anyway, I found a recipe by Tess Ward and so we loosely followed that. If you have honey in your cupboard then this is a sugar free recipe - surprisingly sweet! You can even make a vegan version by substituting the butter with coconut oil. Note: we had to destroy her healthy recipe with a few dollops of golden syrup, which makes a more decadent tasting version.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 large, mashed banana
  • 6 table spoons of golden syrup
  • 1 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup stoned dates or raisins
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted

METHOD

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. To cook the quinoa: put a pan on the stove and add the quinoa and 1 cup water. Bring to the boil and simmer, lid on, for 15 minutes (alternately cook the quinoa according to packet instruction)
  3. Add banana to a bowl and mash into a pulp. Pour in the butter and golden syrup, oats, cooked quinoa, cinnamon, and raisins or whatever fruit you're using and mix it all together.
  4. Pour the mixture into a tray lined with baking parchment.
  5. Flatten and smooth it down so it's a uniform shape that you will then be able to cut into segments easily.
  6. Bake it in the oven for about 35 minutes or more, until it is golden and crunchy on top.
  7. Leave to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
  8. Eat it, dummy.

For best results get your kid to help. I really enjoy bonding with him when we do activities like this.

Enjoy!

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