If you are like most people, you probably go through your day snacking away in the office, at work, at school, or even while out and about on the streets. There are many quick fixes for hunger available, and we are bombarded every day with marketing ads of how healthy this or that snack is. Truth is, unless we eat a piece of fruit or veg (which is not the first choice for the most), it’s hard to know what we’re actually putting in our mouths, and how good it really is for us.
Today I propose that you try something new. What if instead of reading labels, and calories, and strange ingredient names in health bar packages, you start making your own? It’s easier than you think, and you will have a 100% guarantee that everything in it is wholesome. These quinoa bars (which you can also shape into a ball, like truffles), are easy to make, and you can keep them in your fridge for a super boost of energy whenever you need it throughout the busy day. 2013 is the International Year of Quinoa, so make the most of it!
- ¼ cup cooked quinoa
- 6 dates
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ cup almonds
- Puree the dates, almonds and quinoa in a food processor, pressing several times until you get a smooth paste.
- Transfer to a bowl, and add coconut oil, and tahini. Mix well with a spoon or clean hands until everything is completely incorporated.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Wet your hands, take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, and form a bar. Place on a dish, and repeat with the rest.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 more hours, and eat as desired. You can also put them in the freezer 2 hours before eating, for a firmer bar.
- If you would like a more chocolatey taste, add as much cacao powder to the mixture, as you like.