Gwyneth Paltrow's bummer bars

I've been wanting to try these for ages. The name is odd but how many granola bars or fruit and nutty granola bars or chewy spice bars can you have?...With a name like bummer, they must offer something different right?....Gwen sucked me in (and thankfully so-these are delicious!!).

Yield: 12 bars
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups quinoa flakes
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
A pinch of fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup good-quality maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
1/2 cup chopped prunes or apricots
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a brownie pan (we use a 9 x 11 inch dish that's 2 inches high) with parchment paper or line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and pour the mixture into the brownie pan, or evenly divide it among the muffin cups.  Pack the mixture down with a rubber spatula.  Bake for 1/2 hour, or until the bars have firmed up and are golden brown.  Let cool before removing from the pan or muffin cups.  If you used a brownie pan, use the parchment to lift the bar out of the pan, and cut into rectangles.  Serve right away or store in an airtight container.


Ok, that was Gwen, this is me. I used quick oats instead of quinoa and chopped dried figs for the fruit. 

The recipe says you can 'serve right away', but I found that while, yes, you could, they didn't properly 'set' for about an hour. They are a little sweet (especially when you eat 4 at once) but I presume that's what's holding them together so I didn't do my usual cut the sugar in half thing. But still, Craig and I basically ate the whole pan in one evening. These are very good bars: stay together and crispy/chewy.

Like these? I tried more from Gwen a couple weeks ago: 5-spice and yam muffins. So far she's 2 for 2. I might even think about getting the cookbook one of these days. 

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