Chocolate Covered Quinoa Coconut Bars

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This little beauties are SO good, and kind of addicting.  They are made from all whole foods (minus the chocolate), but overall are a healthy little sweet treat!  I found this recipe on the blog Olives N’ Wine – she has some great stuff on there, so check it out!
Makes 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup oatmeal, uncooked*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup honey (I used agave nectar too because I didn’t have enough honey)
  • 1 cup melted dark chocolate

*Make sure to use gluten-free oatmeal, if you would like this recipe to be 100% gluten-free!

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a baking pan and a 9×13 dish with non-stick spray. Place quinoa and oatmeal into baking pan and bake for 8 minutes, stirring once. Meanwhile, add peanut butter and honey to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until melted. Remove quinoa and oatmeal from oven and mix with nuts and coconut in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter and honey sauce over the mixture and stir to combine. Press into 9×13 dish and bake for 18-20 minutes, until edges are just slightly browned. Allow to cool for 45 minutes then cut into 12 pieces. Dip or cover each bar into dark chocolate and allow to cool on a cookie sheet in the fridge until set. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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