I was excited to try out an adaptation of a recipe I saw recently, and this was the perfect opportunity. As a southerner, I've grown up around GORP (Good 'Ol Raisins and Peanuts) in trail mix, bulk bins and candy dishes in the homes of friends and neighbors. There's no particular recipe for it, except that it must use peanuts and raisins, but it is typically doctored up. This recipe boasts an incredibly healthy base of whole grains, quinoa, flax seed, nut butter and chia but full of (mostly) guilt-free goodies: dried unsweetened coconut, m&ms, raisins, and dry roasted peanuts.
They are a great alternative to candy bars, tastier than most store-bought granola bars and completely adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. And most importantly, they're incredibly easy to make and portable for toting on everything from trail runs to road trips. Check 'em out. And take a look at some of the other amazing creations that Recipe ReDux members have made this month!
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1/4 cup whole flax meal
3 tablespoons chia seads
1/2 cup add-ins
1 large egg white
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease and 8"x8" pan, or line with parchment.
2. Toss together the oats, quinoa, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, add-ins, vanilla and egg white in a medium mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
3. Warm the honey, nut butter, and salt over medium heat or in a microwave until just soft enough to blend easily with the dry ingredients.
4. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
6. Bake the bars for 23-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cook completely before serving.