Quinoa & Oat Breakfast Bars- Vegan & Gluten Free

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Breakfast Bars!  I’m never hungry in the morning so its a chore to eat. But I absolutely need a coffee, these little bars are a perfect companion. Small and full of flavour but not overbearing.

The oats provide fibre, the quinoa and sunflower seeds add a dose of protein,  while the raw cacao nibs add some flavour and are packed with antioxidants.

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Quinoa & Oat Breakfast Bars- Gluten Free

Makes one 9×9-inch pan cut into squares.

2 Ripe Bananas
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Quinoa Cooked
1/4 Cup Raisins
2 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Nibs
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tsp Vanilla

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Preheat oven to 350°F

Grease a 9×9-inch square baking dish with coconut oil.

Step 1. Mash the bananas until there are no clumps.

Step 2. Grab a mixing bowl, and add all your ingredients. Mix thoroughly until everything is incorporated.

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Step 3. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F or until the edges start to pull away from the pan. When its completely cooled cut into bars. If you would like a dryer breakfast bar, put your oven at 300F and cook for an hour (check on them half way in).

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Tri Color Carrot Pasta- Gluten Free

The worlds easiest pasta!!! No rolling, kneading, drying, or guilty feelings! This is probably the laziest post I’ve made and I highly recommend that you make it! Its packed with flavour, has an al dente texture and you can even trick your loved ones into eating eat it! (Yes, that just sounded like a bad infomercial)

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I picked up a hefty bag of mixed carrots, orange, yellow, and purple from the farmers market! You need about 3-4 carrots per person for a main serving, half that if its just a side. When was the last time you sat down and ate 4 carrots!

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Directions:

Step 1- Wash your carrots and using a regular peeler, peel each carrot until your left with a pile of strands.

Step 2– Turn your skillet to medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil (or your favourite oil) and warm it until you reach your desired texture.  I just lightly warm mine for 30 seconds, but if you cook it for a minute or two it will soften considerably for those who want a more pasta like texture.

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Step 3- Add your favourite pasta sauce, basil pesto or sun-dried tomato pairs wonderfully with this dish. Garnish with your favourite greens and voilà!

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