Have you ever heard the English expression “you can’t have your cake and eat it too?” Actually, you can, with these quinoa dessert bars! They taste like decent Reese’s peanut butter cups despite that they integrate healthy ingredients like quinoa and less sugar with the healthier alternative of honey. Quinoa, a now-popular grain, originated in Peru, and is gluten-free. Peruvian warriors ate quinoa on long journeys and before battles as a source of energy to strengthen themselves. Have you ever felt like a TPS warrior? These tasty and simultaneously nourishing quinoa bars will keep you strong and focused during the last few months of school.
From start to finish this recipe takes very little active attention. Conceivably it could even be made in between two TPS classes to continue to fuel your school day and extracurricular activities. Moreover, quinoa is considered a “brain food.” It is protein-packed, fiber-filled, and contains healthy doses of iron, magnesium, and lysine, which are all extremely important for healthy brain and body function. So, grab an apron and some quinoa and mix up a batch of this dessert like snack to share with your friends and family!
2 1/2 cups quinoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural without added sugar is best)
1/2 cup honey (raw is healthier)
4 oz dark chocolate (milk chocolate works too)
Pour a small amount of oil (olive or other vegetable oil) in a small pan over medium heat, and when oil begins to bubble, sprinkle in the quinoa. Place the lid on the pan and shake the pan constantly throughout the entire cooking process. When the quinoa begins to pop, decrease the heat. Once the majority of the quinoa is popped, place the pan aside to cool.
Line a square baking dish with parchment paper (I used an eight-by-eight sized baking dish, but really most everything works). Mix the cooled popped quinoa and salt together in a medium sized bowl and set it aside.
In a small pot, mix the peanut butter and honey together over medium heat. Stir consistently until the mixture is easy to pour. Add the peanut butter and honey mixture to the popped quinoa and mix thoroughly. Transfer the combined mixture to the lined baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula. Once finished, place the dish in the refrigerator to cool.
Place the chocolate in a pot and cook over medium heat until it’s melted. Remove the quinoa bars from the refrigerator and pour the melted chocolate over it. Put the entire mixture back into refrigerator to cool.
Once the chocolate is hardened, slice into bite-size pieces, and enjoy!