Cocoa Quinoa Bars

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup almond meal, divided

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a blender, purée almond milk, dates, seeds, applesauce, cocoa and salt. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in quinoa and 1/2 cup almond meal. Transfer to prepared pan, scatter remaining 1/4 cup almond meal over the top and bake until firmly set, about 1 hour.

Set aside to let cool for 1 hour, and then carefully run a paring knife around the pan to loosen the edges. Turn out onto a flat surface, remove parchment paper, cut into squares and serve.

(This was inspired by the Whole Foods website.)

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