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These no-bake Apricot Chocolate Popped Quinoa Bars are a breeze to make and packed full of plant protein. Pumpkin seed butter holds them together – giving a pop of green whilst providing some zinc. A delicious afternoon snack.


2  cups  popped quinoa
½ cup coconut desiccated
½ cup pumpkin seed butter or other nut/seed butter + an extra few tablespoons
¼ cup organic brown rice syrup
¼ cup pistachios roughly chopped
¼ cup organic sulfur dioxide free dried apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
Zest of half a large orange
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of fine sea salt
100 g quality dark chocolate


To decorate:

Extra desiccated coconut
Extra chopped pistachios



1. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin seed butter, brown rice syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.
2. Add remaining ingredients (quinoa, pistachios, apricots, zest, sea salt) - except for chocolate - mix to combine, you may like to get your hands in there.
3. Transfer mixture to a square baking tin lined with baking paper, press it down and even out the surface.
4. Melt the dark chocolate over low heat, then use a spatula to spread a thin layer over the top of the mixture in the baking tin.
5. Sprinkle with coconut and pistachios, set in the freezer, then cut into even bars to serve.
6. Store in the fridge.


Recipe by Lauren Glucina @ascensionkitchen

If you're stuck for healthy snacks during the week, these are a great go-to. No-bake, fuss free bars packed with protein, fibre, iron and zinc. Gluten free & 100% plant-based (link in bio) 💚 meanwhile... I'm madly scrambling for a clean top today as I've discovered turmeric splatters on EVERYTHING ?!☀️And, Auckland friends, I'm doing my first LIVELY Desserts taste testing at Farro Grey Lynn this arvo so pop over and say hi! 💃🏻I've had a coffee so am feeling very chatty! Xx L . . . . . @bestofvegan @findingvegan @letscookvegan @veganfoodlovers @thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed.vegan #feedfeed #glutenfree #huffposttaste @huffposttaste #f52grams #yahoofood #beautifulcuisines #nutritionistapproved #cleaneating #cleanliving #healthbloggers #jerf #livelydesserts #rawdesserts

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Hello there fellow healthy foodies 😉 it's the Food Show this weekend and I'll be doing a few healthy cooking demonstrations at the @ceresorganics Healthy Hub Kitchen on the Sunday. I'll be making coconut quinoa porridge (the perfect winter breakie) and a super decadent yet quick and healthy raw black forest brownie 🍒with matcha whipped cream no less 🍵All gluten, dairy, & egg free 💕 if you pop in - come hungry because I'll also have samples of my LIVELY Desserts to try afterwards too ⚡️🐷 I really wish we could have had a stand this year but it wasn't meant to be - just missed out on the cut off date. Anyway, would LOVE to see you there! Who's going?! @thefoodshownz . . . #ascensionkitchen #plantbased #plantbasedwholefoodsnutrition #foodshow #foodshowauckland #auckland #healthyhub #livelydesserts #makingkindnesscool

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