Carob Quinoa Bars
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup vegan carob chips
6 drops liquid sweetener of choice (such as stevia)
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup protein powder
1/4 cup flour of choice (such as spelt, whole-wheat, or gluten-free)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-by-5-inch baking pan lightly with cooking spray. In blender or food processor, combine quinoa, dates, carob, sweetener, tahini, flaxseed, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until relatively smooth, about 1 minute.
2. In a small bowl, mix protein powder and flour. Fold dry mixture into wet mixture and use hands to mix thoroughly for 1 minute. Spread evenly into prepared pan and bake until firm, about 18 minutes. Let cool, then slice into 6 bars and serve.
Nutrition score per serving: 143 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated), 21g carbs, 5g protein, 4g fiber