I just got my hands on a FABULOUS vegetarian cookbook: Vegan Everyday by Douglas McNish, a vegan executive chef who has a strong commitment to health and organics. Published by Robert Rose Books, this cookbook is filled with 500 recipes that are bold, innovative, fresh and wonderful for vegans and non-vegans. You’ll find recipes for every occasion and every meal of the day. I love the Peach Cobbler, Mini Quinoa Croquettes, Singapore Summer Rolls, and these Vanilla Chai Power Bars. These energy bars are a great item to keep on hand for snacking on the go, or enjoy them as a quick breakfast with a cold glass of milk. Filled with millet, chia seeds and spices, these bars are too good! My kids went wild over these, and they are awesome for travel too. If you’re looking for puffed quinoa and millet, you can find them in most well stocked supermarkets and natural food stores. Enjoy and be sure to check out this amazing cookbook!
Vanilla Chai Power Bars
8 large bars
3 cups puffed quinoa cereal 750 mL
1 cup puffed millet 250 mL
2 tbsp chia seeds 30 mL
1 tbsp raw shelled hemp seeds 15 mL
1 cup brown rice syrup 250 mL
1⁄4 cup raw agave nectar 60 mL
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 mL
1⁄4 tsp ground cardamom 1 mL
1⁄4 tsp ground ginger 1 mL
1⁄4 tsp ground allspice 1 mL
1⁄4 tsp organic vanilla powder 1 mL
1⁄8 tsp ground cloves 0.5 mL
1. In a large bowl, toss together quinoa, millet, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Add brown rice syrup and agave nectar and stir well. Stir in cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, vanilla and cloves.
2. Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
3. Using parchment liner, lift from pan. With a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal bars. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
Courtesy of Vegan Everyday by Doug McNish, 2015 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.