Quinoa Granola Bars

I want to sing an ode to my grandfather who came over to Dubai from Germany to spend two weeks with me, my husband and his great-grandchildren.
My granddad is 85 years old. He can handle computers, mobile phones and digital cameras. He runs a little delivery service company in his small town and has six people employed to it. We email regularly. His latest plan is to set up Skype so we can speak more often and see each other.
He is very proud that he is still so switched on. While he was here, we had many conversations about our takes on life. He surely had a life full of experiences, good and bad. Bottom line in his life has been to always look forward, always learn from his mistakes, always look at the bright side of life, always make the most of any situation, always be positive, never give up, and never lose curiosity. And he always knows to tell a joke, corny ones, but a joke nevertheless.
The reason for my granddad's longevity lies in his active interest in life, his energy and his hunger for adventure. I want to be like him when I am 85, which is another 50 years from now on. I can't even grasp that.
My granddad survived WW2, and a 3-year imprisonment in Russia after the war. This still haunts him in his dreams. He lived in East Germany for 40 years, before the wall came down. Nutrition and knowledge about nutrition was not on the agenda in all those years, as one had to eat whatever was available. Surely, nutrition and lifestyle can prolong someone's life. But my granddad proves that there is more it. It's all in the head, in the mind and in the heart. Let's not become complacent, ignorant and lazy. There is always something to learn that will broaden our horizons.
Nutritious and healthy food shall help us keep our senses alert. The basics can be covered by that. The rest is yet another step that everyone of us should go to live our lives to the fullest. Opa, I am sure you will live 100 years!!

 inspired by Food and Whine

(Print Recipe)

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 uncooked quinoa
2/3 cup nuts (almonds, pecans and/or hazelnuts have been tested and approved)
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup cranberries
1/3 cup prunes
2 very ripe bananas, mashed

Yields 12-15
Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all ingredients except bananas in a food processor. Pulse until ingredients are finely chopped and stick together. Add mashed banana and pulse again until well incorporated.
Use the prepared baking sheet as surface and fill large cookie cutters with the batter. Gently remove the cutter to keep the bars in shape. Repeat until all batter is used up.
Bake 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Labels: , ,