Friday, February 7, 2014

Quinoa Crunchies

In making the change to a healthier lifestyle, we have drastically cut back on a lot of the foods that we were eating. One of them being carbs. As much as I like a good ole' buttered roll...yum...my body does not...boo. While we lowered our carb intake, we also looked for healthier substitutes to use in our meals that would normally contain pasta, rice, etc. What did we find...

QUINOA!!!!!

Did you know that Quinoa has great health benefits?

1. High in Dietary Fiber aids in digestion
2. Low in Fat made up of Omega 3 fatty acids
3. Gluten Free
4. High in Riboflavin or Vit B
5. Complex Carb digests slowly to keep you satisfied longer and blood sugar levels down
6. Full of Magnesium vital to Cardiovascular health
7. Protein Rich containing all 9 amino acids
8. FULL OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS!!!

My kids really love Quinoa and have grown up eating it so they don't miss the carbs. We all love it so much that I have been looking for new ways to incorporate it into our diet.

Recently I ran across some Quinoa snacks at the market....score! They were delicious, but the cost was a bit much for me...so what do I do? Make my own of course. I love them so much, I had to share the wealth....you don't know what your missing!


Quinoa Crunchies:

1/4 c. Oat Flour*
1/2 c. Quinoa**
1/2 c. Red Quinoa**
1/2 c. Sunflower Seeds
1/2 c. Brown Rice Syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 c. Dried Cranberries (chopped)
8 drops Orange Essential Oil (therapeutic grade)

*or 1/2 c. rolled oats processed in a blender or food processor until fine
**or desired color/combination- 1 c. total



Rinse Quinoa thoroughly and let the water drain off



Add all dry ingredients together and mix well



Roughly chop cranberries and add to dry ingredients, stirring well



Add brown rice syrup to the bowl and incorporate into the mixture making sure there are not any "dry" spots


Add your orange essential oil, stirring to combine


Layer a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread evenly over the sheet
*hint: I used a second sheet of parchment over the top to spread out because the mixture is VERY sticky
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour

 
Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack
Cut or break into desired pieces

These make a great healthy snack alternative to a granola bar or even cookies....they also go great with your morning cup of coffee!

What is your favorite Quinoa recipe? Leave it in the comments below.

To learn more about essential oils CLICK HERE.

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