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.
|"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.
- 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
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- 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)
- 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.
- Pour the mixture into a tray lined with baking parchment.
- Flatten and smooth it down so it's a uniform shape that you will then be able to cut into segments easily.
- Bake it in the oven for about 35 minutes or more, until it is golden and crunchy on top.
- Leave to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
- Eat it, dummy.
For best results get your kid to help. I really enjoy bonding with him when we do activities like this.
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