Baked Quinoa Cranberry Bars

Strength…or weakness?


Many articles will tell you to focus on your strengths to find your passion. While I think you should leverage your strengths to fuel your passion, I actually think you should focus on your weaknesses (aka…what has given you angst in life) to find your calling.


Now I’m not suggesting you pursue a career in major league baseball just because you were dropped from your high school baseball team, but rather to think about your angst creatively.


For example, Tom Sims was frustrated that he couldn’t practice his water sports during the winter so he created the first snowboard. They even created a commercial about it…


You may not have a commercial someday, but you might find something really meaningful that could benefit others. It might even catch a passion on fire. Then you can cool off with a healthy quinoa bar…

Description: To be totally honest, jury is actually still out on these. You’ve been called for jury selection so let me know what you think. At the end of the day though, they are really healthy no matter what you think! 😉

Baked Quinoa Cranberry Bars


3/4 cup tricolor quinoa
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup freeze dried cranberries
apple juice
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
Drizzle of honey


1. Rinse quinoa (see picture above).
2. Cook quinoa according to directions with coconut milk instead of water (won’t completely soak up all the liquid).
3. While quinoa is cooking, rehydrate cranberries in apple juice.
4. Remove quinoa and transfer to bowl. Mix in almond butter and add 2 ice cubes to cool down.
5. Once mostly cooled, add cranberries, salt and egg.
6. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake additional 30 minutes.
7. Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares. Drizzle with honey to serve!

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

-Louis L’Amour



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