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Tropical Quinoa Slice

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I've been enjoying experimenting in the kitchen over the weekend; in need of a new wholesome 'muesli bar' for Max's nut free preschool lunchbox.
Today I share with you this light and crunchy puffed quinoa slice which is gluten, refined sugar, dairy, egg and nut free. 



Quinoa is a fabulous source of protein, free of gluten and easily digested, a fabulous grain to include in your daily diet.  I've used puffed quinoa as it makes for a lovely and light slice.  I love the addition of tahini, giving a wonderful earthy tone and easing back the sweet honey.  
Simple to throw together and no need to bake, this slice is based on a basic ratio of wet to dry ingredients, any combination of seeds, dried fruits or nuts could be used to create a delicious and healthy slice.  


Ingredients

1 cup puffed quinoa
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut - I used a mixture of coconut flakes and fine desiccated 
1/2 cup linseed, whole seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds 
1 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped 
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup tahini 

Method

Preheat oven to a 120 degrees.  
Place dry ingredients (excluding apricots) on an oven tray and toast for 10-12 minutes.  
While quinoa and seeds are lightly toasting, add honey, tahini and coconut oil to a saucepan and melt over a low heat.  
In a large mixing bowl combine quinoa and seeds with the melted honey mixture and apricots, mix to combine.  
Line slice tray with baking paper and pour in the mixture, pressing down well.  I found it best to press with the back of a wooden spoon.  
Place in the fridge for an hour before removing and breaking off into pieces or cutting with a sharp knife.  





While coconut oil and honey are important to include to ensure this binds together and sets well, for a sweeter slice you could remove the tahini and add a little more of both coconut oil and honey.  If you don't have something on hand, replace with an equal quantity of something else - carob and cashew could take place of dried fruit, raisins or cranberries could be included - the options are endless.

Enjoy.  x Zoe





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