cinnamon apple health bars
These couple of days have been so sunny, is this the sign of spring, maybe I can even go to the beach tomorrow, well I really hope so cause I haven’t been there for a while…

Since my Sesame seed and tahini health bars that I made a couple of weeks ago were such a hit, I decided to restock, especially cause they were so easy to make. This time I decided to change them into cinnamon apple health bars and add the mother grain- quinoa. I added some toasted quinoa flakes because of their rich health benefits.
Hope you love them!

Here’s what you’ll need: Makes about 20 bars
9×13 inch cake pan
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup “roasted quinoa flakes”
1 1/2 cup puffed brown rice
4 oz. dried apples, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup concentrated organic tahini
1 cup organic agave nectar
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
A little rice bran oil (or any other oil)

cinnamon apple bars with quinoa

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Ground flaxseeds (I use coffee grinder)
3. In 9 x 13 inch cake pan spread rolled oats and sesame seeds on baking paper. Roast in oven for 12-15 min. Stir every few min (Make sure doesn’t burn)
4. Meanwhile, chop the dried apples
5. Mix roasted rolled oats, roasted sesame seeds, puffed rice, quinoa flakes, dried apples , sunflower kernels, flaxseeds and cinnamon in large bowl
6. Heat in saucepan tahini (stir the tahini well before pouring into saucepan), agave nectar and vanilla extract for a couple of min. Stir well
7. Pour tahini and agave nectar into dry ingredients and mix well (I use my hands)
8. In 9 x 13 inch cake pan grease baking paper with a little oil and pour the mixture inside.
9. Spread ingredients evenly and press down firmly (I use my hands). You can also place baking paper on top and press down
10. Refrigerate overnight. slice with sharp knife.
11. Wrap with saran wrap and store in container. Refrigerate for 2 weeks or/and Freeze for 3 months

rolled oats and quinoa
Ingredients Highlights
Quinoa-
Is a complete protein source (Contains all 9 essential amino acids), high in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E  and B complex vitamins and fibers- which lower cholesterol and glucose levels and make you feel fuller for longer
Rolled oats- known to lower LDL “Bad cholesterol” and reduce heart disease, high on vitamin b1 and rich in fibers that leave you feeling full
Sesame seeds- Contain anti-oxidants, rich in minerals, strengthen immune system and anti- inflammatory
Sunflower seeds-
High in energy, vitamin E and Magnesium
Flaxseeds-
High on omega 3 and fibers and contain anti- oxidants. Ground flaxseeds digest easier while whole flaxseed may pass through the body undigested without leaving all the benefits
Rice bran oil-
Contains vitamins and antioxidants and is said to lower LDL cholesterol.  High smoke point compared to other oils