Quinoa Snack Bars…Who Knew?

I have been a quinoa fan for quite a while. I have used it as a side, cooking it with both water and with veggie broth. I have used it in chili, for additional texture since my chili is meatless. I have used it as the base for a Greek themed salad with cucumbers, feta, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, chick peas, and whatever other veggies I have available. What I never thought about using it for, was a snack bar.

We are still working on eating as little refined sugar as possible, and Sally’s Baking Addiction’s 1 Bowl Quinoa Crunch Snack Bars fit the bill. I happen to have tri-color quinoa on hand.

tri color quinoa

The recipe calls for coarsely chopped almonds…my food processor seems to favor either big chunks of nut or nut meal.

not coarsely chopped

The colors of the ingredients are fun!

quinoa snack mix

I used peanut butter, as usual, because we love it (as does Fargo, who always gets to have a tiny bit every time I open the jar).

Sally says you can use an 8 or 9 inch casserole, but I think 8 inch may be too small. I baked slightly longer than called for and I think that slightly thinner bars would be better.

quinoa baking dish

As much as I love dark chocolate, I opted out of the drizzle. Honestly, these were amazing without it. Chocolate makes everything better, so I’m sure they would be more amazing with it.

finished quinoa bars

finished quinoa bars II

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PB Cookie Challenged

Yesterday I wanted to make cookies, something different, to share with friends. It’s been a while since I made peanut butter cookies so I looked up a recipe. Pretty sure I’ve tried peanut butter cookies twice before, neither looked like the pictures in the recipes, so I figured I would try a new recipe.

I found a recipe for Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies on Sally’s Baking Addiction (my go-to site to check first). It looked fairly simple and I had the ingredients. I usually like when there is a picture of what the cookie dough should look like, but there wasn’t one this time. This is what my cookie slab (dough) looked like:

pb dough slab

I used Trader Joes salted, creamy peanut butter, and their old fashioned rolled oats, and in this case, I also used their organic brown sugar. The recipe gives instructions for blotting if the peanut butter is too oily, maybe this peanut butter was not oily enough?

Instructions after chilling the dough are to put balls of dough on the cookie sheet and press down to flatten with a spoon. I, faultily, assumed that the dough would soften/melt while baking and therefore, I didn’t take time to shape each ball into what I thought the finished product should look like.

The finished product pretty much looked exactly like I left it after pressing with the spoon. Once I realized this, while the cookies were still hot, I tried to make them look just a little prettier, but it didn’t do a whole lot to help.

ugly pb cookies

They are a little on the crumbly side, chewy though, and on the up side, they taste delicious. We had a cookie with a little vanilla ice cream last night and it was a yummy treat.

Given how much we love peanut butter, I will just have to keep trying to find a recipe I can work with at my skill level. Although, it’s not a huge trauma to eat the rejects along the way.

Peanut Butter

We all love peanut butter, especially my dad and Fargo. My dad will add peanut butter to anything…ANYTHING! Fargo loves peanut butter so much that he will run to his crate if he knows it’s time for me to add it to his Kong toy (yes, I have guilt, but he can’t be trusted yet).

It is a little too much fun sometimes to watch Fargo eat peanut butter:

fargo peanut butter

It is also fun to try recipes that include peanut butter. The other day we made Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars, another Sally recipe. No chocolate drizzle, just the bars, and they were delicious. The next day they tended towards being slightly dry, so I may try replacing a little sugar with honey or maple syrup next time. But there will be a next time!