Quinoa PB&J Bars!

Quinoa PB&J bars

GAH – today is the last day of July and it hit me how fast time seems to be flying by this year…
But wait, it’s not just this year – but the last several years – or more specifically the last fifteen…

Today happens to be the day my daughter registers for another year of high school, and I am flummoxed as to where the years have gone…
Just like Robert Deniro’s character did in Everybody’s Fine, there are times when I look at my daughter and still see her like this:
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It seems like just yesterday we were pretending her bed was a ship and I was the crazy octopus lady from The Little Mermaid who would get her if she so much as dangled a foot off it…

I am just so not ready for this growing up business…

quinoa peanut butter and jelly bars

This little girl echos my sentiments so well…

GAH – the hardest part of this parenting thing for me so far has been trying to accept the fact that my little gal is growing up…

I remember reading an article once where a mom was writing about her rebellious teenage son and she summed up by saying that his acting out was actually helping her let go of him, of accepting that he will be moving out and on…

I guess I need to bribe my daughter to act out???

In her case, I think that’s easier said than done….
She never went through the terrible two’s; other than a slight flirtation with the fearsome fours, it’s been pretty smooth sailing…
She is a proud member of the “Books Before Boys Club” because I think she knows that if a boy shows up on our doorstep, I’m gonna ask him to help me with my moving target practice in the back yard…Seriously…I’m joshing, I’m so joshing…playing the role of mom and dad or “moad” has me thinking weirdly at times…

quionoa pb&j bars

So in an attempt to nip this whole growing up business in the bud – at least for one morning – I made these PB&J and chocolate chip bars. So, they might be gluten free and butter free and might be flirting right on the line of healthy with Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa flour…

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But something about the combination of peanut butter, jelly and chocolate makes even me to forget to act my age…

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Quinoa PB&J Bars!

Ingredients

  • For the Quinoa/Jelly layer:
  • 2 cups quinoa flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (blend of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • For the Peanut butter layer:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • handful of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  3. For the Quinoa/Jelly layer:
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients together then mix in the melted coconut oil, eggs and applesauce
  5. Pour into the baking tray and top with the raspberry preserves
  6. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool slightly
  7. For the Peanut butter layer:
  8. Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and sugar in a saucepan, then pour on top of the quinoa/raspberry layer
  9. Top with chocolate chips and let cool before slicing
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