Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Granola Clusters or Bars (Oat, Quinoa and Flaxseed)

My kids love granola bars and clusters. Unfortunately most commercial bars in the market are loaded with sugar and other undesirable ingredients. Check out this great recipe using quinoa flakes, oats and flaxseed. It is loaded with proteins, minerals and vitamins. They taste great, and make a perfect snack or dessert!

Granola Clusters or Bars
Servings: about 50 bars, or a pound of granola cereal or clusters

  • Canola cooking Spray
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw, unsalted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans
  • 1/2 cup organic agave
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 oz (113 grs.) of organic apple sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with canola cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine the all ingredients. Mix really well, using a spoon or your hands. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown. If you want granola, stir it occasionally, about 50 minutes. If you want cluster of bars, do not stir, but keep an eye to avoid burned edges and soft center. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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