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2013-03-28 11.02.02Recently I discovered the awesomeness of the incredibly versatile seed (?) Quinoa, and, while searching around the annals of the internet for different ways to prepare it, I ran across the “Queen of Quinoa” (Click here to check her out… YOU WON”T BE SORRY!)

I have tried (and succeeded) to use Quinoa as a replacement for dishes calling for rice, such as “Teriyaki Stir Fried Chicken and Quinoa” or “Baked Chicken and Quinoa”.The Thing’s Three hardly notice the difference, and the perceived nutritional gains leave me feeling a bit better about myself as a Super-Dad (albeit a Muddy one!) whenever I head off to sleep at night.

With that said, my obsession with Chia is also common knowledge….could these two super foods co-exist? Or would they explode upon contact like a super-nova of pure nutritional overdrive?

While perusing through the QoQ website, I found mention of “No Bake Peanut Butter Power Bars”(original recipe and post here). They’re packed with protein and fiber…and TASTE GREAT!

I followed the recipe linked above, and it was great! Seriously, there was no complaining to be done…a great taste/texture/nutritional combonation…even the Thing’s Three enjoyed them-though they looked at me like I had three heads when I laughed evilly like a mad scientist and shouted “MUAHAHAHAHAHA….It’s GOOD FOR YOU…MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA” …… a lot like this guy:

Dr_Evil

…then I decided to fix what was never broken in the first place, creating my own adaptation to share with the world….Since I am a very visual person, I  have included lots of pictures ….scroll to the bottom of this post for text-only ingredients and instructions….

No-Bake PBQPC Mud-Bricks  (With Pictures, lots of pictures )                                    (Peanut Butter-Quinoa-Protein-Chia)

  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
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  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
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  • 1/2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
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  • 2/3 cup cooked Quinoa (I usually cook my Quinoa in a rice cooker and keep it from boiling over with a tbsp of coconut oil…I don’t recommend cooking it this way for this application as the coconut oil stays around and makes the final product feel a little greasy)
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  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
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  • 1/2 cup Jif smooth peanut butter
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  • 1/4 cup raw honey
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  • 1.5 scoops “Muscle Milk” Chocolate Protein Powder
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Instructions:

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  1. Add the dates to the bowl of a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until chopped.2013-03-28 11.03.52 2013-03-28 11.03.56
  2. Add the nuts, quinoa, Protein Powder and seeds and process until a meal has formed.2013-03-28 11.05.062013-03-28 11.06.212013-03-28 11.07.42
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey and process until a thick dough forms.2013-03-28 11.09.22 2013-03-28 11.10.31
  4. Transfer the dough (it will be very sticky) onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Fold over the edges and press out evenly until you have a approx. a 12″ X 14″ x 1/2″ square….or another desired thickness…this part is really up to your preference.2013-03-28 11.14.24
  5. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours to let it harden a little, after you remove it from the freezer, cut it into desired portions. (I used a pizza cutter with GREAT results and made 16 portions, which I then cut into 32 portions to make them “Thing-Sized)
  6. Stack the cut portions with wax or parchment paper, leaving just a little room between side by side bars, and a layer of paper between stacked pieces, then wrap in plastic or place in freezer bags. Store in freezer until ready to consume.2013-03-28 11.15.13 2013-03-28 11.15.02

No-Bake PBQPC Mud-Bricks    (easy to copy/print)                                                          (Peanut Butter-Quinoa-Protein-Chia)

  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa (I usually cook my quinoa in a rice cooker and keep it from boiling over with a bit of coconut oil…I don’t recommend this as the coconut oil stays around and makes the final product feel a little greasy)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Jiffy smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1.5 scoops “Muscle Milk” Chocolate Protein Powder
  1. Add the dates to the bowl of a food processor fit with the steel blade and process until chopped.
  2. Add the nuts, quinoa, Protein Powder and seeds and process until a meal has formed.
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey and process until a thick dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough (it will be very sticky) onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Fold over the edges and press out evenly until you have a approx. a 14″ X 14″ x 1/2″ square….or another desired thickness…this part is really up to your preference.
  5. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours to let it harden a little, after you remove it from the freezer, cut it into desired portions. (I used a pizza cutter with GREAT results and made 16 portions, which I then cut into 32 portions to make them “Thing-Sized)
  6. Stack the cut portions with wax or parchment paper, leaving just a little room between side by side bars, and a layer of paper between stacked pieces, then wrap in plastic or place in freezer bags. Store in freezer until ready to consume.

I store mine in the freezer, but I think they would last quite well if you wrapped some individually and took them out on a long run or cycle…

Enjoy!

Stay Muddy My Friends!

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