Quinoa and Oat Breakfast Bars

A few months ago, I found an amazing recipe for breakfast bars by Olena on Ifoodreal. Since the discovery, I’ve made them several times, but due to our dietary restrictions I adapted the recipe to fit our needs as follows:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup uncooked steel cut oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 cup berries (or fruit of choice)
  • 2 cups milk (cow, coconut, almond, or soy)
  • 3 large eggs (can sub whites or flax, if preferred)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • Optional:
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 crushed cardamom pods
    • Greek yogurt
    • Sweetener

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 8×8 baking dish (I also used foil muffin tins before, just be certain to spray liners slightly to avoid sticking.)
  2. Mix and rinse quinoa and oats with cold running water. Drain well and set aside. Rinse fruits and set aside
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and spices. Set aside.
  4. Spread the fruit in an even layer on a bottom.image
  5. Sprinkle quinoa and steel cut oats on top
  6. Slowly pour liquid mixture into baking dish
  7. Bake for 60 minutes uncovered
  8. Remove from oven and let cool. If using an 8×8 pan, cut into 9 slices and serve hot, warm or cool.

For an extra treat add a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt or drizzle with honey or agave syrup.

These can be also be frozen. Just remove an hour before desired enjoyment, heat (if you prefer) and serve!

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