Quinoa Protein Bars

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The Goods:

1/3 cup quinoa            
1/3 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
2/3 cup water            
¼ cup (6 squares) dark chocolate
11 dates, without pits    
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
½ cup raw almonds        
Chia Seeds

The Method:

Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Add to 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

Let cool and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Place dates in a food processor and pulse until they form a ball.
Place in a mixing bowl.

Place almonds in food processor and process until finely minced, but not turned to meal.
Leave almonds in food processor and return dates along with chilled quinoa and peanut butter to food processor. Pulse to combine everything well. Using your hands, shape mixture into 8-11 small bars.

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, add chocolate and coconut oil and heat over low heat, stirring frequently until chocolate is melted. Spread over bars, sprinkle chia on top and refrigerate until chocolate is set.

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