This quinoa brittle is just the bees knees and the cats whiskers and I love it.
You seriously need to make this!
Now quinoa isn't something that you would normally associate with a sweet dish but I'm discovering that it's extremely versatile as well as extremely nutritious!
It certainly earns the title of superfood Its an excellent source of protein, containing all the essential amino acids, high in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, zinc, vitamin E and fibre. It's also gluten free and thought to be the least allergenic of all the grains so plenty of good reasons to give it a go!
I came across this recipe on The Minamilist Baker Blog, which I love!
I've always been a big fan of those wee sesame snap bars and these reminded me of them, but are way more nutritious.
Admittedly they are not sugar free but more than make up for it with all the other ingredients, and this is a treat after all!
I was so intrigued by this recipe and I had all the ingredients so I made it at 11pm on Saturday night!
I have to admit, I wasn't disappointed, this is seriously addictive!!
It's crispy, crunchy, nutty, nutritious and naturally sweet!
What's not to love?
A few points to note, quinoa has a protective coating of saponins which taste bitter so you really need to rinse it well before using it. I rinsed and drained mine in a sieve, then blotted it on kitchen paper then dry toasted it to remove any moisture, before proceeding with the recipe.
I also replaced some of the nuts with sesame seeds, which I love. They are a great source of calcium and magnesium, which most of us are deficient in and are also alkaline and a good source of protein and fibre.
Chia seeds are also a favourite of mine, another superfood, and high in protein, fibre and minerals and so easy to add to so many dishes.
So without further ado, here is the slightly modified recipe! If you make it, and why wouldn't you?? please leave a comment!
......your health in your hands......
12/23/2015 10:44:25 pm
Just got round to making this- it worked very well and is very popular (especially with the child who had declared dislike of quinoa). I added the sesame seeds with the other dry ingredients, and the maple syrup 1/2 cup is 120ml not 60ml. Some now packaged up as a Christmas gift! Thanks.
12/23/2015 11:00:58 pm
Hi Susan, thanks for your comments! You are indeed right, 1/2 cup is 120 ml, I also added the sesame seeds with the other dry ingred, just forgot to mention it in the recipe! Was too excited to share! Both errors now corrected, thank you! So glad you enjoyed it and what a lovely gift for a lucky person!
1/30/2016 02:05:43 am
Made the brittle last night and love the texture and taste - fun thing to give away too. I'm leaving a comment lest you think I'm not reading your blog, however slow I am to make things, I'm reading it and forwarding it to others. It's so good - thanks very much Janice.
1/30/2016 12:17:13 pm
Thanks Sue, its so nice when someone takes the time to leave a comment! The quinoa brittle is delicious and a rather novel way of harnessing the many health benefits of quinoa! Thank you so much for forwarding my recipes to others too!
1/31/2016 06:47:02 am
Janice, the pleasure's mine - seriously! Going to try the date one soon. Best wishes.
4/19/2016 05:19:16 am
Can we cook the sugar with oil and maple syrup in the pan. Then add to the bbiwl with dry ingredients.
4/19/2016 09:09:38 am
Hi there, yes I think it would be fine to do that! Hope it turns out well!
6/1/2018 05:53:29 pm
I’m speaking on the behalf for a family member who has multiple serious food allergies including Sugar Maple (the main source of maple syrup) So I would like you to adapt this possibly be Maple Syrup free
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