Healthy nutty Breakfast Bar

This next recipe took me out of my comfort zone a bit in picking up ingredients which I’ve never bought before…like quinoa and millet.  Luckily I was able to get all the crazy healthy ingredients at Bulk Barn (otherwise I would have had no idea where I could have possibly shopped).  The recipe came from the cookbook Thug Kitchen, which Matt brought home for me on recent business trip – Thanks Matt!

Thug Kitchen is a vegan cookbook but it’s also hilarious so I forgive it for being vegan.  The recipe I had tagged was for To-Go Breakfast Bars.  I decided to make a batch during the weekend so I could bring them to work during the week.  Also it happened to work out that we went on our friend Brad’s boat for “the last sail of the year” (which also happened to be my only sail of the year) so I brought some on the boat for munching.

we're on a boat!
we’re on a boat!

To make these bars I put rolled oats, uncooked quinoa and uncooked millet in a large skillet over medium low heat.  I toasted them for several minutes.

what is millet anyway??
what is millet anyway??

While that was toasting I mixed pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds and dried cranberries in a large bowl.  When the toasting was done I added the contents of the skillet to the large bowl and mixed everything together and seasoned with a little salt.

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat I mixed maple syrup, almond butter, coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract.  I heated, stirring occasionally until it was all smooth and melted.

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Then I mixed the melted liquid in with dry stuff in the bowl.

all mixed
all mixed

On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper I pressed the mixture until it was even throughout.

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Then I popped it into a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes I removed it, let it cool and put the whole thing in the refrigerator to cool further.  After a few hours in the fridge I cut it into smaller pieces.

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Verdict:  As I said these ingredients are out of my comfort zone but I found the recipe very easy to follow and not at all intimating.  Some people on the boat really liked them, others not so much.  I am on the fence as far as their taste goes.  If you want to try this one out you can grab the recipe here.

Oh and in looking up this cookbook on Amazon I found out they just released a new cookbook this month!  It’s a party food recipe cookbook – I am adding it to my list of cookbooks I want!!!