Heart healthy goodness with all the joy of brownies.
So, turns out that pilaf is not the only thing that can be done with quinoa. You can make a delicious, nutty flavored flour that is uber healthy and gluten free. I paired the quinoa flour with almonds in three forms – chopped, butter and extract.
I first learned about quinoa from one of my culinary heros – Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen. She has inspired me many times on low-glycemic goodness, like this Southwest Quinoa Salad. Thanks partly to Kalyn, I love quinoa and have tried several of her recipes. But. I wondered if I could turn it into flour and use it in baking.
You can buy quinoa flour – Bob’s Red Mill makes a wonderful product. Also, quinoa is easy to turn into a flour if you have a spice grinder or coffee grinder. Quinoa seeds buzz up nicely into flour – and actually make more volume – 1/4 cup of seeds turns into 1/3 cup flour.
The almond bars have a nice, light and yet interesting texture, similar to what you would get by using whole wheat flour. And, the almond flavor is delicious. So refreshing if you ever need a new take on brownies.
Low-glycemic, gluten free and heart-healthy. Quinoa is a home run on so many levels!
— posted by Donna
QUINOA ALMOND BARS RECIPE
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup almond butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup quinoa flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced roasted almonds
Preheat 350 degrees.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with a foil or parchment paper sling and spray again with cooking spray.
Beat butter and almond butter with a mixer until creamy. Add in one at a time the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, almond extract and beat until well blended.
Whisk together quinoa, baking powder and salt.
Mix together the wet ingredients and dry ingredients and pour in the pan. Scatter almonds on top and press gently into the batter.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove sling from pan and let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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