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  1. Add the quinoa, cacao powder, nibs, chia seeds and coconut to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. In a smaller microwave safe bowl add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla and nut butter and heat until melted. Stir to combine. You can alternatively melt the ingredients in a small pan on your hob.
  3. Pour the melted goodness into the quinoa bowl and stir well to combine all the ingredients completely.
  4. Line a baking pan, tray or dish with parchment paper.
  5. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the lined pan and using the back of the spoon spread the mixture evenly.
  6. Pop this into your fridge to set for an hour.
  7. Remove the chilled quinoa slab from your lined pan, discard the parchment paper and carefully slice it in half and then into your desired shape/sizes.
  8. Store in an airtight container in your fridge for a week.

You will need:

2 cups of puffed quinoa

1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut

½ cup of cacao powder

½ cup of coconut oil

¼ cup of cacao nibs

⅓ cup of cashew or almond nut butter

3 tablespoons of honey

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Quinoa Cacao Bars

Makes up to 15 bars (depending on how you slice them)

On a recent visit to my health food store I found a bag of puffed quinoa. I had heard of this delight but until now never found it.

It works so well with this recipe and for me is very reminiscent of making chocolate covered rice krispies or corn flakes in paper cup cake cases as a child :)

They are a gluten free, light, tasty, fibre and protein packed sweet treat, perfect for an afternoon nibble.

Quinoa Cacao Bars