Quinoa, Apricot, and Nut Clusters
In our version of a granola bar, clusters of white quinoa, apricots, pistachios, and sunflower seeds are a virtuous, sweet, delightfully chewy snack.
- Yield: Makes 20
Photography: Carl Carter
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004
- 3/4 cup white quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup shelled raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup shelled raw pistachios, chopped
- 1 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- Vegetable-oil cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve; drain. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa; return to a boil. Stir quinoa; cover, and reduce heat. Simmer until most liquid is absorbed and quinoa is slightly undercooked, about 12 minutes; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, fluffing with a fork occasionally, until pale golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in a large bowl.
Spread oats on baking sheet; bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add oats to quinoa. Spread seeds on baking sheet; bake until lightly toasted, about 7 minutes. Add to quinoa mixture; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Toss nuts, apricots, sugar, and salt with quinoa mixture. Beat honey, oil, and vanilla into eggs; stir into quinoa mixture.
Line a 12-by-17-inch baking sheet with parchment; lightly coat with cooking spray. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto sheet for each cluster; space 3 inches apart. Flatten to 1/4 inch thick. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until crisp, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.