Last fall, while enjoying three days of trail angel hospitality in Waynesboro, VA, we received a care package sent by Groucho’s mom. Included within were highly addictive, extremely tasty Quinoa Crispies – a high-class, more-nutritious, hippie relative of classic Rice Crispie treats. The snacks were so sweet, crunchy and satisfying that Groucho, Andiamo (our super generous host – a 70 year old former PCT thru hiker who invited us to crash at his house) & I ate the entire bag in one day. So when the time came to make power-bar-eske treats for our “Drunken Boot” participants, this was the first thing I thought of.
The foundation of Quinoa Crispies is a quinoa product, commercially made through a puffing process involving some kind of vacuum. These puffy/crunchy delectables have been available in the bulk section of several stores in the Seattle-Area in recent months… however I was sad to learn the day before our event that all of the stores were out. The product has been discontinued. Okay – improvisation here we come – this was the recipe for my adapted Quinoa Crispies
1 cup brown rice syrup (heated up to almost bubbling)
1 cup almond butter (mixed with the heated brown rice syrup)
5 cups puffed brown rice cereal
1 cup dried berries (I used blueberries, cranberries and sour cherries)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted quinoa (toss in a dry pan over medium heat until they are fragrant and browned)
Dash of salt
Mix all ingredients together and press into greased pan. Leave out or put in fridge. After awhile cut them up.