DARK N’ STORMY CHOCOLATE QUINOA BARS

When we were getting down, dirty and chocolatey earlier this month recipe testing these Quinoa Bars were looking to be the new hot ticket in the biscuit tin.  That cosy feeling when you are in your slippers with a warm cuppa and it is raining outside is made even more ‘ahhh’ing with these treats. You can almost claim they are healthy too!

Quinoa Bars

SERVES 8

INGREDIENTS

200g Prunes

2.5 tbsp Coconut Oil

100g Butter

2 tbsp Honey

50g Cooked Quinoa

100g Pumpkin Seeds

100g Sunflower Seeds

90g Pistachios

90g Cashews

100g Dark Chocolate

TO DECORATE

30g Dark Chocolate

2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut

Sea Salt

METHOD

1. Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions and leave to cool

2. Prepare a small tray with greaseproof paper

3. Melt the butter and honey together in a saucepan and add the chocolate off heat.

4. Heat the prunes in a saucepan with the coconut oil and just squash them a little with a potato masher. Leave to cool for 5 minutes

5. Remove the melted chocolate mixture and mix through the cooled prunes mixture

6. Add all the dry ingredients including, pistachios, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cashews

7. Make sure they are all combined

8. Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and spread evenly until flat

9. Set in the fridge

10. After 15 minutes of the bar being in the fridge, melt 30g dark chocolate over a bain-marie

11. Pour on top of the bar and evenly spread

12. Sprinkle over the coconut and a few pinches of sea salt. Return to the fridge and leave to set until hard.

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