Homemade Holiday Yummy-ness
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Homemade Holiday Yummy-ness

Finding the perfect gift can be fun yet exhausting, especially when you have a long list of friends, co-workers, teachers, etc. who you want to give a little something to. While many companies offer baskets and delivery of food items, it’s always nice to receive a homemade treat. If the idea of more brownies, cookies, or loafs seems too sugar-laden, consider this easy, healthy and delicious Quinoa Brittle. It works well as a treat on its own, or crumbled over yogurt or oatmeal, and more than likely it will be something new for your crowd. Possibly even a crowd pleaser. Let us know if you try it out!

Quinoa Brittle

  • ½ cup uncooked white quinoa
  • ¾ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sugar of your choice
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, ensuring it covers the entire surface and all the edges.
  2. Add quinoa, pepitas, oats, chia seeds, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl – stir to combine.
  3. Melt coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl, about 30 seconds at 70%, then mix maple syrup into coconut oil to combine.
  4. Pour coconut oil & maple syrup mix over the dry ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine and coat. Pour mixture onto parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer with a metal spoon. Try to get it as even as possible, or the edges will burn and the center won’t be crisp.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the pan around to ensure even browning. Bake 5 – 10 minutes more and watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. Remove from oven and let cool completely on baking sheet before breaking into bite-sized pieces with your fingers.
  6. Once cooled completely, store in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month. This makes an excellent topping for yogurt or cereal or as a sweet treat.