Nutty Superfood Breakfast Bites

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These are everything an energy bar should be: packed to the brim with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Almonds are filled with heart-healthy fats, quinoa is an excellent source of protein, goji berries are loaded with antioxidants—and those are just a few of the nutrient-packed ingredients you’ll find inside. This recipe is customizable, too, so feel free to swap cashews for almonds, or dried cherries for goji berries. Brown rice syrup is available at most health foods stores, and does the best job of binding the ingredients together without making the bars sticky. It also gives the bars a gorgeous shiny finish, which you can further enhance with a drizzle of dark chocolate.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
30

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups raw, unsalted almonds

  • ¾ cup pepitas

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa

  • ¾ cup goji berries

  • ¾ cup dried blueberries

  • ¾ cup chopped pistachios

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate, for drizzle (optional)

Directions

  1. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread the almonds, pepitas, and quinoa onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for until lightly brown and toasted, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the goji berries, blueberries, and pistachios.

  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the brown rice syrup, honey, and salt to a boil, whisking to combine. Let boil for until it turns deep amber in color and looks frothy, about 3 minutes.

  4. Immediately pour the syrup into the mixing bowl and, moving quickly, stir until nuts and seeds are evenly coated. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Let cool completely (about 20 minutes), then slice into 30 squares.

    Superfood Bars
    Kick start your morning with these no-bake bars, which star a variety of good-for-you nuts and seeds (buy them in bulk to save money at the grocery store). Each hearty square is the perfect blend of chewy and crunchy, and every bite is packed with nutty flavor. Pistachios add a pop of gorgeous green color, yes, but they’re also packed with nutrients and are a good source of calcium. Quinoa lends crunch and protein, while dried goji berries are rich in antioxidants. Be sure to store the bars, which will keep for one week at room temperature and two weeks in the fridge, between layers of parchment paper to keep them from sticking. Get the recipe:Nutty Superfood Breakfast Bites. Grace Elkus
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