These homemade Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bars are the perfect portable healthy breakfast or snack, meal prep and freezer friendly!
Hi, friends! Today I’m bringing back an old HH recipe with updated photos for the Recipe Redux!
This month’s challenge: Good Gut Health
With cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health. Since much of our immune health begins in the gut, show us your healthy, delicious recipe to bolster gut health.
I thought reshooting this recipe would be perfect because it has so many ingredients in it that support gut health. Plus it is gluten and dairy free for those that need to avoid those things in their diet in order to maintain a healthy GI tract. The healthy gut health stars in this recipe are:
Apples – they contain soluble prebiotic fiber that helps to feed the good bacteria in the GI tract, this helps the good guys stick around longer. In this recipe, I left the skin on the apple instead of peeling it, then I shredded it for maximum fiber intake! (More on prebiotic foods and feeding the good guys in your GI tract.)
Rolled Oats – oats are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber helps to keep the digestive system moving along by acting like a broom, sweeping along potential toxins to be eliminated. (More information on Insoluble Fiber and how to keep regular.)
Quinoa – is also rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. It is also rich in lysine which helps with tissue growth and repair throughout the body but also in the GI tract.
Walnuts – Another fiber superstar! However, they are also important because they have a high content of Omega 3 Fatty acids. This basically makes them inflammation fighting superstars! (See more on Omega 3 Fatty Acids +30 recipes to get enough.)
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bake
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Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bars
- 4 ounces unsweetened natural apple sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk could use any milk
- 1 cup grated apples about 1 apple grated squeezed to remove excess moisture
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup old fashion oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, peanut butter, almond milk, grated apples and honey in a small bowl and mix well.
- Next add in the grated apples, then the remaining 5 ingredients, mix until just combined and consistent.
- Spoon into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 475 for 20 minutes.
- Let cool completely (at least 30 minutes) then cut into bars (6-8).
- Store in refrigerator.
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Photo Sesh (from the original post in 2013):
I started by grating my apples with the food processor. I would have done this by hand but I was going to get it out and use it anyways so I might as well use it more than once.
Once I squeezed all the moisture out of the apple, I started combining all the ingredients. For applesauce I use individual cups for any recipe. I used to get jars of apple sauce but it would always sit and go bad in the fridge so I stopped doing that. Now I get unsweetened natural individual packs to use whenever I bake (from the dollar store) and they don’t go bad.
Then I added in the remaining ingredients and stirred that up.
That’s it, easy peasy and it’s time to bake!
Finally, after they were done baking, I cut them up and stuck them in individual baggies for easy grab and go for Mr. Hungry while I am out of town!
Can be enjoyed cold or warmed, and if you have time can be topped with more goodies like peanut butter or I’ve been drizzling honey and PB on mine. I had so much fun playing with this recipe and they turned out so good, I hope you enjoy them too. They are an easy thing to make on Sunday and enjoy all week. They are moist, super satisfying, slightly sweet and nutty, and full superfood ingredients! That’s probably why I’ve made so many quinoa bakes over the years: