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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars

PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Low-FODMAP}  /  Delicious as it Looks

This is a granola bar that I came up for a snack at work. I needed something to fill me up, something with protein, but not too high in sugar, fat and calories. Not to mention gluten-free, dairy-free and low-FODMAP! These bars fit that bill and they are vegan to boot.


PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Low-FODMAP}  /  Delicious as it Looks

If you haven't heard of it yet, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that you reconstitute with water. It's awesome because they have removed 85% of the fat and calories from peanut butter, yet retained the protein. The folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Nutrition Action newsletter love it. There is a small amount of sugar added to PB2, but it is minimal. I'm excited because it's now available at Wal-Mart. I just hope that I don't find out I have intolerance to peanut butter.

PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Low-FODMAP}  /  Delicious as it Looks

I make these bars with quinoa flakes, but you could also use gluten-free quick oats if you like. Or you could use a mixture of the two. It makes just a small batch of bars, which is perfect for me since I don't eat them that fast. Just press into a small loaf pan, chill and cut into bars. You don't even have to bake them!


PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars
Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
makes 6 - 8 bars
PB2 Quinoa Granola Bars {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Low-FODMAP}  /  Delicious as it Looks

Ingredients

2/3 cup PB2 powder*
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup quinoa flakes or gluten-free quick oats
1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life for dairy-free)

Directions

  1. Mix the PB2 powder and water together until creamy. Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Add the quinoa flakes or oats, coconut and chocolate chips. Stir until well-combined, using your hands if you need to. The mixture will be a little dry, but should ultimately sick together.
  2. Line a 4"x 8" loaf pan with parchment paper. Press mixture evenly into pan. Chill in the refrigerator a couple of hours. Remove from pan and cut across into bars. Store in the fridge.

*Instead of PB2 and water, you can try a generous 1/2 cup of regular peanut butter. You can also try sunflower seed butter for a peanut-free option.




13 comments:

  1. These are great. Everyone loved them - including the teenagers!

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  2. Hi Dianne, my name is Victoria. What kind of maple syrup do you use, and is it grade a or grade b? Thanks!

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    1. I usually use grade A pure maple syrup, but it would work with grade B as well. The brand I've been using recently is Archer Farms Grade A Dark Amber from Target.

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  3. Hi! Thanks for responding. I made the bars before sending my question. They didn't come out like how they look in your pictures. I used gluten free oats because I didn't have quinoa flakes. I also used natural peanut butter that didn't have much oil left in the jar and one tablespoon of grade A maple syrup and two tablespoons of honey because I ran out of the maple syrup. What do you think went wrong?

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    1. Were they too wet or too dry? If they were too dry, I would either add more honey/maple syrup or even some water to moisten it up. If they were too wet, then add more oats.

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    2. They were to wet. Some stuck together in little pieces or bars while others looked just like granola. I still ate it though and it was good. Do you think that it could be the peanut butter too? Is it the peanut butter that holds them together or the honey/maple syrup?

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    3. It probably is the peanut butter. If you keep your peanut butter in the fridge like I do, then get it up to room temp first. If you have a hard time stirring it with the syrup, then you can add a little water.

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  4. Oh okay, yes that must have been the problem then, because I do keep it in the fridge too. Thanks for the advice :-) I'm going to try this recipe again today!

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  5. Hi Diane, these look delicious! I am fairly new to low fodmap food, the quinoa flakes, are the breakfast food type right?

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    1. Yes, quinoa flakes are usually found in the cereal aisle by the oats at natural foods stores and co-ops.

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  6. Hi, I like this recipe.. but one question. ? Dont I need to cook oats?

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