Thursday, December 13, 2012

No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Granola

After my recent foray into making quinoa in my rice cooker, I had quite a bit of leftover – one little cup made so much that I ate it as a side with several meals and still didn’t make much of a dent. 

I had wanted to make something sweet, so when I was perusing my Evernote and came across this recipe for No-Bake Brown Butter Quinoa Bars that How Sweet Eats posted back in October, I knew it was perfect.  Unfortunately, like my experience with Pam’s no-bake granola bars, mine didn’t actually stick into bar form – but I ended up with a fabulous batch of granola!

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This was my first-ever attempt at making brown butter, and I am kicking myself for not having made it before – it’s so easy and the results are so tasty!

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All you have to do is melt the butter over medium heat while whisking it – How Sweet Eats has a great tutorial on how to do it.  I am proud to say that I at least had one successful first attempt in my kitchen adventures.

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Once I had my brown butter, it went into the mix of quinoa, oats, flax, and almonds, along with some honey and vanilla. 

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I’m guessing that this step is where I went wrong, and didn’t use enough honey.  Or perhaps I didn’t press it down well enough…not quite sure.  It certainly looked good before it went into the fridge!

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I left it chilling overnight and this morning when I went to cut the bars it all just crumbled, so I scooped up a serving into a tupperware and ate it with a spoon as a snack at work – so tasty! 

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I’m definitely very eager to try this one again and see if I can get them to hold into bars – I have a feeling these will be a great way to get Hubs into quinoa Smile 

To get the recipe and see what it’s supposed to look like, head on over to How Sweet Eats’ blog and check it out.  Just make sure to use GF oats and chocolate chips if you need it to be gluten free!

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