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These dark chocolate chunk quinoa granola bars are so good! I love the crunch from the quinoa, and the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut get nice and roasty toasty in the oven and I mean, what better combination is there than dark chocolate and dried cherries? showmetheyummy.com #vegetarian #glutenfree #granola #granolabars #breakfast #snack #healthy
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Dark Chocolate Chunk Quinoa Granola Bars

These dark chocolate chunk quinoa granola bars are so good! I love the crunch from the quinoa, and the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut get nice and roasty toasty in the oven and I mean, what better combination is there than dark chocolate and dried cherries?
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dark chocolate, granola, granola bar, healthy snack
Servings: 14 bars
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup dried cherry craisins
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 x 12 in glassbaking dish (or a similar size) and line it with parchment paper.
  • Combine the oats, quinoa, almonds, and coconut together on an unlined baking pan and bake for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring every 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  • Place the oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring to a boil (the mixture will start foaming) Once boiling, cook for 60 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the syrup over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates and craisins and stir well.
  • Stir in the dark chocolate chunks, because the mixture is so warm, you will find some of the chocolate melting.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and gently, but firmly press the mixture evenly into the pan using your fingers. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the granola is a light golden brown color.
  • Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before removing from the pan and cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature!

Notes

**Make sure that your oats are certified gluten free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg