Recipe: here’s a healthy and tasty quinoa snack

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Quinoa has now become a popular food trend because of its number of health benefits such as weight loss, prevention of cancer, high fibre content and blood sugar control.

However, one thing this seed is not very famous for is its taste. Hopefully, this simple recipe will make working quinoa into your diet much easier.

Ingredients
3/4 cup quinoa

6 large dates, pitted

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almonds, chopped

1/2 cup almond/ peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)

50 grams of dark chocolate, melted (optional)

Yields 9-12 bars

Instructions
Preheat oven to 150°C and line a square bake tray with butter paper. Let the butter paper overhang on the sides of the tray to make removing the bars from the pan easier.

Blend dates into a paste and place in a large bowl.

Add quinoa, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds. nut butter, honey, vanilla and salt to the bowl and stir until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the baking tray and press it down into an even layer. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the edges just begin to brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Drizzle melted chocolate over the bars and let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

Remove from tray and cut into bars using a sharp knife.

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